Tuesday, December 26, 2017

In with the New - Out with the Old

Christmas is past and if your house is like ours, gifts were received. Some of the items I received were kitchen items I had been wanting. A couple of lovely glass pie plates, a grater, and some measuring spoons are now put away in my kitchen. I also received some CDs and books. My husband received some clothing items as well as books.

Now, here is the idea. The glass pie plates will take the place of some old metal pie tins, the grater replaces the one so old that I should probably donate it to the Smithsonian. In other words as the new items are put away in my kitchen, the old ones disappear. I do not save them "just in case" I will need them someday. I only allow so many CDs and books on my shelves so for each new one in, an old one will leave my home. New clothes  in - some old clothes gone.

My challenge to you is that as you put away your new, wonderful gifts you see what items you can now donate or in my case some were just trashed (who would want a grater that had to be cleaned and oiled before each use?). By New Year you will open up space in your home for the abundance of the upcoming year.

Happy New Year!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

If Ornaments Could Talk

I have several old family ornaments that I love to put out each year. A few days ago as I was admiring one of them, I realized that my family members probably have no idea as to where this precious (to me) ornament came from or any of its history. In fact, I wish I knew more about the story as to how it originally came into my family. I know that the figurine candle holder came from my maternal grandmother. I know that the bottom of it is marked "Made in occupied Japan". I have another of my grandmother's ornaments and a lot of my mother's ornaments. I have some old glass balls that were from a close friend of my mother. I have ornaments on my tree that were mine as a child and are still favorites to put out each year.

While every ornament on my tree has meaning to me, I realize that most of the stories about them are of interest only to me. But some might be of interest to other family members in time.

This year as I pack some of these ornaments away, I am going to take a picture of them along with a note giving some of the history as I know it. Hopefully, some day, they will become a treasure for someone else.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Holiday Reflections

Let's enjoy the season! It's less than two weeks until Christmas. My holiday party, that I give each year, is already becoming a fond memory. Gifts and cards that need mailing are gone. While there are still a lot of tasks to complete, I am at a point where I can begin to enjoy my decorated home and some of the goodies that have been prepared. It is time to enjoy the holiday music and watch some of the holiday shows.

Join me as I let "good enough" become my mantra.

Cleaning will now just become maintenance work. I will delegate some areas to others.

Cooking will become lighter and less complicated. We will eat out more and have more snack-like meals by the tree.

I will schedule on my calendar some times to pick up those last minute gifts and stocking stuffers. I will take my time doing this and enjoy the surroundings and decorated stores.

I will set up a wrap station to finish the wrapping for my local gift giving.

I will enjoy the cards as they come in. I will read notes and check to see that I have correct addresses.

I will plan a trip to see the holiday lights.

As I work around my home, I will put on some holiday music.

On Christmas day I will start jotting down a list of ideas for future gifts. If I receive a gift that duplicates something I already have, I will start a donation box for items no longer needed.

I hope that your holiday season is the best one yet!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

To Tree or Not to Tree - That is the Question

Putting up a Christmas tree is a lot of work. Taking it down and carefully putting away all of the ornaments seem like even more work. Is it worth it?

That depends on you and your vision of what this Christmas season looks and feels like. For me, it is totally worth the effort. I love coming out each morning to  my living room, turning on the lights of my tree, and enjoying that first cup of coffee. It centers me and helps me get ready for the day ahead. There was only one Christmas that I was just not going to mess with the tree and that was a year of deep depression. Fortunately others intervened and the tree went up. Almost every ornament on that tree has meaning and memories for me. I know though as I continue to age, it is getting harder. At some point I may need to look at options like hiring someone to help or downsizing the tree.

I have one client who is in the midst of decluttering her home. She has decided that this year she does not want to bring out all her holiday trimmings because she feels it will just set her back on her progress. I have another client who has several artificial trees. She has decided to go with just one of her smaller ones and concentrate on her yard ornaments. Some people are traveling most of the holiday season and plan to put out just a few ornaments around the house and a wreath on the door.

The important thing is to know your vision and your reasons. Don't do things just because you always have done it or because others think you should. Do what gives you happiness and plan your time accordingly.

Happy Holidays!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer