12 Days of Clever, Meaningful Gift Ideas

Gifts can be meaningful and fun without adding more stuff to the recipient’s life.  If this is important to you but you need some inspiration, use this list.   As a plus, many of these gifts can be purchased on-line.  12 Days of Meaningful, Clever Gift Ideas  A one-year membership to Amazon Prime for the music,… [Read More]

No Clutter Gift Guide

What do you get the person that has everything…..or the person that literally has EVERYthing?!   It can actually be easier to find and give gifts that don’t add clutter because there are plenty of options. Click here for my clutter-free gift giving guide.  There is sure to be something for everyone on your list…. [Read More]

Unique and Clutter Free Gift Ideas

The holiday shopping season has begun! While shopping for gifts, I encourage you to purchase items that don’t add clutter.  Ask the people on your list what they need or really want.  Gift cards to their favorite stores or other businesses are usually well received. Some of the best gifts don’t cost a dime and… [Read More]

Organizing tips for baking Christmas cookies

Do you love to make cookies and other baked goods, especially at Christmas time?  I do too.  Sometimes it feels like more work than fun.  Here are some tips to help you stay organized and enjoy the task with your family. Choose recipes; ask your family for their favorites and add your favorite. Do you… [Read More]

Let go and simplify your holidays

Are you stressed about the holidays and getting “everything” done on time? Want to change it up this year and enjoy the holidays with as little stress as possible? All right then, the first step is to let go of perfection.  You don’t have employees like Martha Stewart Inc. does.   I certainly don’t have the… [Read More]

Something I treasure

I am a sentimental person but there isn’t a whole lot of “stuff”  I’m attached to or have trouble getting rid of.   This advent calendar, called a Jesse Tree,  is something that I will always treasure.  The felt pieces represent different people or stories from the bible.  Every day, during the month of December, we… [Read More]

Gift organization tips

If you have a long list of people to purchase gifts for it can get confusing, You’ve purchased gifts for everyone on your list and it’s time to wrap but now you have forgotten what gift is for which person.  Don’t be embarrassed if this has happened to you….it’s happened to me. The holidays can… [Read More]

Gift ideas that save money

Is your gift budget tight this year or most years?  Budget conscious gifts can be very meaningful and won’t leave you with a large credit card balance in January. Here are some suggestions that will save you money on gifts. Homemade items.  Do you knit, sew, bake, cook, make cards? Re-gift items.  Have you received… [Read More]

Gifts that don’t add clutter

I tend to favor gifts that don’t add clutter.   Gifts that have a short life cycle or are consumable are on the top of my gift giving list.  Here is a list of my top 5 clutter-free gift ideas.  Amaryllis or other indoor flowering bulbs Stamps–especially for the senior citizens on your list Homemade meals… [Read More]

Shop at home

A trip to the store may not be necessary.  Check the nooks and crannies of your home before spending money on the following items. Disposable paper goods: holiday napkins, paper plates, cups, utensils. Baking supplies: cookie sprinkles, cookie cutters, food coloring, cupcake wrappers and other common ingredients. Christmas cards Wrapping supplies: paper, boxes, tissue paper… [Read More]

Simplify gift wrapping

I have always envied those who have the gift wrapping gene because I still haven’t mastered creasing corners neatly or curling ribbon.   Whether you are an amazing wrapper or are challenged like me, I have some suggestions to simplify gift wrapping that will also save you time. Gift bags and tissue paper are a… [Read More]

Organize for Christmas/Hanukah gift shopping

Are you wasting time running from store to store trying to find gifts for everyone on your list?  Shopping without a plan or a list may lead to overspending on impulse purchases and will also require more time.  So how do you create a plan that will save you time, money and frustration?  Before you… [Read More]