It doesn’t matter if we’ve been naughty or nice, pre-holiday is the best time to declutter to make room for the slew of new stuff. Think of this process as a way to create a space for what’s on your holiday list. If you’ve asked Santa for some new books, consider purging some of what you already have. Or if you’ve asked for new clothing, now is a great time to create a place in your closet where those new pieces will hang. Let go of what you haven’t worn, doesn’t fit and you can’t see putting on again.
Here are some simple strategies for decluttering a few areas of the home:
Purge your books:
Make room for new clothes:
Kids and toys:
Huge issue for parents! Whether we’re buying because our child says “I want” and we don’t want to disappoint or well-intentioned grandparents show up, hands full everytime they visit, ALL new PARENTS wind up with TOO MUCH KID STUFF!!! And, although we may be grateful for all that stuff, the BIG dilemma is: Where to put it all??!!
Memories last longer than stuff Consider giving the gift of an experience. We all love to have “stuff” in our hands, but when is enough, enough. Consider taking the family to a movie or a broadway show, skiing if you live in a colder climate, or to the beach if you’re in a warmer climate. Create a memory that doesn’t involve accumulation of more stuff. Take photos and make a memory book, which takes up a lot less space! Kids take their cues from parents. Now is the time to teach them the importance of spending quality time together, which is the key to solid lasting relationships.
Recently, I sent out a tweet asking what’s on everyone’s Holiday gift list…
May your holidays be filled with experiences and lots of happy memories!
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First off, sit down, close your eyes, and take a deep breathe. There’s nothing worse than feeling scattered and overwhelmed while attempting to get a grasp on where to begin. Once you’ve gained a sense of calm, take out a piece of paper and pen. Begin by jotting down all the things you need to get done. For example, calls that you need to make, notes or emails you need to write, preparation for an upcoming event (when it comes to “projects,” such as preparing for an event, don’t attempt to write the details yet, just the overall topic), organize the house, etc.
Once you’ve got your main list, you can begin to break down each “Project” on separate sheets of paper. This process may feel a little overwhelming, but the idea is to take all the “stuff” that’s running around your head and put it on paper. Believe me, once it’s on paper and you’re not having to carry it around with you, you’ll begin to feel a little relief. Also, you can begin to see what needs to be addressed first. Anything with a deadline or timeframe attached to it should be addressed first. For example, paying bills or phone calls to sign up for a cooking class. Whatever it is, put an asterik next to those items and attempt to accomplish those first.
For the other “Projects,” begin by setting a personal deadline. Organizing is a process, so if that’s on your list, commit to spending just a couple of hours a week (or more if you’ve got it) to get started. Small steps will get you big results. The key is to get moving. Here are some related links to help you in other areas:
Let me know how you do!
You may already have a photographer in mind, but if you don’t, here are suggestions on choosing one:
According to Karen Leach, a professional photographer in Los Angeles, California, a good photographer can get a great photo no matter what. She says that she has never done a shoot where she didn’t get something she and the parents liked. In the end, carefully choosing the photographer determines what you wind up with in the end.
Consider the following when choosing a photographer:
Leach also says that it’s important to get baby’s portrait done as soon as possible. In fact, schedule sessions in advance to capture baby at one-month, three-months, six-months, and one-year. The key is to not miss the important shots and keep in mind these photographs will become family heirlooms one day.
Ask the photographer if you can “shadow” them to get a record of Baby’s first photo-shoot. This could be a fun way to record baby’s first photo shoot experience or at least get one or two photos.
Once the photo shoot begins, there is the possibility that baby will become uncooperative, for good reason. She may just need a short break to eat or a diaper change. Take a few minutes and relax, keeping in mind baby takes her cues from mom. Photographers who take baby pictures not only know that this can happen but anticipate it and build extra time into the shoot.
Some babies will naturally be comfortable around unfamiliar faces, and others will scream at the top of their lungs if they don’t recognize the person. If your baby is stuck to you like glue, capturing a professional photograph can be challenging. To maintain your sanity and stable blood pressure, keep expectations low, be willing to go with the flow, and know that the experience you have with the first photo shoot is one that you want to make memorable no matter how frustrated you might get.
Here are some additional tips for making the experience a good one:
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Santa has come and gone and you’re likely left with a heap of toys and no where to put them. Well, hopefully not, but if you are, consider the following:
Keep in mind that physical organizing is about deciding how much space you will give to a thing.
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If you’re like most moms, you overbuy when the first baby comes along and you wind up with enough toys to open a small preschool. When babies are little, maintaining the number of toys can be manageable, but as they grow, it becomes increasingly challenging to know what to keep, when to get rid of something, and how to store it until the next baby comes along.