JERI DANSKY professionalorganizer

November 2006 Newsletter

This month's focus: De-cluttering our lives, for happier holidays (and other days, too)


Tip of the Month


How many "shoulds" do you have cluttering up your home, your office, or your life? Here are some I've dealt with myself; maybe they will inspire you to eliminate some "shoulds," too.


  • Books I think I should read, but don't really want to. I'm not in school any more - I can read what pleases me! (They've gone to a used bookstore.)
  • Magazines I think I should read, because they are well written and have good information - but it feels like a burden when they arrive in the mail, rather than a joy. (I've cancelled the subscriptions!)
  • Holiday-related stuff we feel we should do, because it's a tradition - but our lives have changed, and the tradition no longer serves us. (My family will have a simpler Thanksgiving dinner this year - we'll still be together and have a great meal, but our schedules didn't mesh with the multiple-day cooking required for our traditional meal.)
  • All the miscellaneous little tasks I feel I should do, that could eat up my entire day (or week, or month, or year) so I never have time for the big things that could really make a difference in my life. (I need to keep a constant eye on this one - those little devils can keep crawling back into my life.)


Resource of the Month


As we approach the holiday season, you might want to check out my list of gifts that won't become clutter. (And if you have ideas for things to add to this list, please let me know!)



Quote of the Month


And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas. . . perhaps. . . means a little bit more!"

-- from How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss



Statistics of the Month


The average American family now spends $1,233 on Christmas.

It's estimated that Americas return 116 million holiday gifts each year.

-- from Simplify Your Christmas, by Elaine St. James (1999)



Product of the Month



It's probably my love of whimsy, but these hampers for kids (elephant, dragon, etc.) have always appealed to me.



Donation/Recycling Idea of the Month


Because we're getting into winter, it's a good time to think about One Warm Coat.



Book of the Month


Simplify Your Christmas, by Elaine St. James, is full of interesting ideas, both things you might expect ("give your kids the gift of time") and things you might not ("explore other traditions" and "feed the birds"). This is a good book to stimulate thoughts about just what kind of Christmas might be the most meaningful for you.


For more reading ideas, see my list of favorite organizing books.



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