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The Organized Way
Organized & Productive
November/December, 2016
"Paper, Space, Time.
          Organize. Simplify. Energize!"
Give thanks


In this season of giving thanks, I want to express my gratitude for all of you who take a few minutes each month to read and share this newsletter. I hope you have found a bit of inspiration for your organizing journey, and that you and yours enjoy a peaceful and loving holiday season!

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."  (Oprah Winfrey)

May you always have more: more time, more space, more love, and more joy!

Lisa

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX
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As you shop for your holiday gifts, remember that most of us don't need more stuff to clutter our homes and lives. What people value most is that you took the time to think about them and what makes them special. How about giving the gift of an experience, or your time, or education and enlightenment? Think consumable goods - things that can be used up and enjoyed and not leave the "footprint" of clutter in someone's home. As a former teacher, I can tell you that as much as I appreciated the thoughtfulness of my students and their parents, my home could only hold so many mugs, candles and scented soaps! The most meaningful gifts were things that my students made, especially a handwritten card of appreciation. (I know, all teachers say that, but it's really true! I've saved some for years.) One of the most touching gifts I received over twenty years of teaching was a donation in my name to Heifer International - an organization that uses donations to buy live animals and other items for families which can provide years of food and a sustainable living, like eggs from a gift of live chickens. There are so many worthy organizations that need help, and so many landfills that are overflowing with stuff that gets thrown away each year (and so many homes that are overwhelmed with clutter. Remember, the less stuff you have, the less time it takes to manage, the less stressful your life is.)
 
Stuck for ideas? Try one of these on for size! 
  • A personal correspondence basket, with stamps, note cards and nice pen.
  • A basket of ingredients for a special meal or treat: clam bake, Italian, romantic picnic (loaf of bread, bottle of wine), barbecue, ice cream sundaes.
  • A membership to your local YMCA, health club, museum or zoo (great for someone with young children).
  • Gift certificate to a favorite restaurant. 
  • A movie ticket package - tickets & refreshments (try AAA for discount packages).
  • Voucher for babysitting.
  • "Date Night Special": movie ticket package and babysitting voucher - great for a couple who have just had a baby! 
  • Coupons for car washes or car detailing (or a voucher from you for personalized service!) 
  • Gift certificates for spa services: manicure, pedicure, massage, facial.
  • Gift certificates for personal services such as a professional organizer, computer training, personal trainer, house cleaner, life coach (think New Year's resolutions!)
  • Tickets for a sporting event or performance - a play, show, concert.
  • Lessons for a skill your gift recipient would love to learn or improve upon: musical instrument, cooking, a sport like golf or tennis, computer skills.
This year, think outside the box (and maybe ditch it entirely...) Make it a clutter-free holiday and spread joyful experiences instead of stuff! 

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Lisa S. Griffith
In order, in joy,
Lisa S. Griffith, CPO®
The Organized Way
Organizing & Productivity Consultant/Speaker
Phone: (401) 289-0042
E-mail: lisa@organizedway.com
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