Give More Living, Less Stuff this Year
   

Many of us are experiencing a growing desire to save our planet and become more eco-friendly, but aren't sure how to do it in everyday practice. Adjusting your holiday gift-giving to include more experiences and less stuff is a wonderful way to do just that!  Here are some of our favorite clutter-neutral gifts for this season. 
 
Skillshare's website hosts teachers from around the world, offering a diverse array of online classes. With subjects ranging from an intro to Photoshop skills, launching a freelance business model, and making the perfect pickle, odds are you'll find something they'll love. You can buy a subscription for your loved one, which costs $8.25 per month, or you can simply purchase a gift card
 
Give the gift of the great outdoors! This National Parks pass offers access to all 59 national parks across the country, and it includes entry for the pass holder plus up to three accompanying adults age 16 and older (no entry fee charged for children 15 and under). Please note: you will not be able to download the pass, it will be mailed to you, so make sure you get it set up in time to receive it.
 
Hello Fresh - $24 - $110
Hello Fresh is a meal kit service that delivers recipes and pre-measured ingredients to your door. This Groupon lets you sign up for one or two weeks of food for up to four people. A great gift for busy parents who still want to eat fresh and healthy meals.
 
Gifts of Service  - $0 and up
Be it a session or two with a professional organizer (see below for our gift certificate printout), professional house cleaning, or something more indulgent like massage or spa treatments, gifts of service can be some of the most useful AND appreciated. Working on a budget? Take advantage of your own skills - offers of your time and expertise are just as valuable.
 
Gifts of Giving 
Donating to a cause or group in your family or friends' name is a great way to spread to joy others in need. UNICEF, Heifer International, and Red Cross are all great organizations to check out.

Cooking Classes at Sur La Table - $69
Sur La Table offers cooking classes at their stores nationwide. These intimate, hands-on classes are offered for a variety of skill levels and last for 2 - 2.5 hours each. For classes in your area, search via their website location finder.

For more ideas on experience-based gifts, check out this article from Going Zero Waste.


Happy holidays from Missy and the Organizers Northwest team!

Portland Resources


Gift Certificate Printout from Organizers Northwest

Stuck on what to give a friend or family member this year? Gifting a session with a professional organizer is a wonderful way to support people in your life. Whether they choose to use it to clean out their closet, garage or office, just about anyone can appreciate this gift of time, space and peace of mind. Plus, we don't charge you until they cash in your gift. 

or call us at the office and we will send you one! We can be reached at 
503-245-3564.

Please Note: Coats, Blankets and Other Warm Weather Gear Needed at Join PDX

With cold weather upon us, it's a great time to go through your camping supplies, coat closet and other storage areas and dig up warm weather attire and gear that can be used by folks in need. Join is just such an organization currently looking for these items.

You can drop off items at Join, located at 1435 NE 81st Avenue from 9am-3pm Monday through Friday. Please note that Join is closed the second Friday of each month.

If you'd like to arrange a time after 3pm to drop off your donations, please email info@joinpdx.org to arrange an alternate time to drop off your donated items. 


Holiday Events Guide

December is such a fun time to get out into the world and enjoy some winter activities. Here is a list of our favorite ones happening in Portland this month. 
  • The Christmas Ships Parade
  • The Nutcracker at the Keller 
  • Gospel Christmas
  • Holiday Storytime with Dr. Seuss's The Grinch
  • Give Good Gift Holiday Fair
  • Peacock Lane 
  • Comfort and Joy: A Classic Christmas at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
  • Tatas for toys (yes, really - proceeds go to Doernbecher Children's Hospital)
  • The Grotto's Christmas festival of lights
  • Zoolights at the Oregon Zoo
Click here for the full list! There are 112 events listed, so you will need to click "next" to view them all.


On the Blog


How to Create a Reverse Advent Calendar
by Veronica Bishop

As you know, I have spoken extensively here on the blog about the need to teach our kids to let go of toys and games that they have lost interest in or outgrown. Here at Organizers Northwest, we believe that the art of benevolence must be modeled and practiced in order to be truly learned. This not only benefits the recipients of donated toys and items, but also profits our own children as we teach them the skill of letting go and decluttering.

This knowledge is especially useful during the holidays when children receive so many new gifts.  So it was with glee that I came across this super fun gem of an activity:  A Reverse Advent Calendar! Here's how to do it.


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