Uncomplicate your gift closet

Welcome to week 2 of #uncomplicateyourholidays where I’m sharing suggestions for short tasks you can do NOW to make the holidays easier this year. Each week has a different task that I guarantee will make your holidays a little less stressful and a lot less overwhelming. Who else would like to #uncomplicateyourholidayseason?

Question for you:  do you shop ahead of time for gifts? I do 🙋🏼‍♀️

Yay! It is great to purchase gifts when you’re traveling or when you see something you know a friend or family member would love. 

Some of us like shopping for gifts when they are on sale which may not be close to the time we are giving it.

The problem with this is forgetting what you’ve bought because you threw it in a closet that’s disorganized and cluttered. Because out of sight is out of mind and if you don’t see it you tend to OVERSHOP. 

For this week, to help you #uncomplicate your holiday season I want you to focus on your gift stash/ closet

  • Pull all of the intended gifts out and make sure they are still in good condition
  • If anything is no longer an appropriate gift, give it away
    Sometimes we purchase for an occasion and then it doesn’t feel right for whatever reason—maybe the recipient outgrew it or changed jobs. I’ve seen many gift closets where someone has stocked up on baby gifts and forgot about them until the kids were in school. 🙈 It happens, don’t sweat it! Just donate it to make room for other timely, appropriate gifts.
  • Group gifts together by category (hostess gifts or food or beauty) or intended recipient before putting back in place.
  • If you know who the gift is for right now, add a stickie note to the outside with the intended recipient’s name and occasion such as “Laura b-day.” Don’t give your brain something else to remember–write it down!

I’m willing to bet if you shop ahead of time for gifts, you haven’t cleaned out your stash in a while or maybe even ever! Now is a good time to organize your gift closet (or cabinet, box, or wherever you keep your gift stash) so that you can find the right gift at the right time. 

There’s nothing worse than finding that perfect birthday gift you bought a week after their birthday!

Plus you’ll be ahead of the game when it comes to end of year gift giving because you’ll already know what you’ve got!

If you’re eager for more tips and a solution to make the holidays easier, keep reading to see information about my bundled solution called Holiday Smart Solution Bundle !

Uncomplicate your holidays

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Uncomplicate your holiday cards

In my mission to uncomplicate your lives by organizing your homes, I can’t help but think about the end of year holidays that are coming soon. It seems like every year we plan to do better and start earlier and every year we are still stressing, shopping at the last minute, staying up ’til midnight to wrap gifts, and just feeling WAAYY overwhelmed. 

And this is supposed to be a happy time!

For the month of October, I am going to give you a short task suggestion to help you uncomplicate your life so you can enjoy the holidays this year. Each week has a different task and I guarantee will make your holidays a little less stressful and a lot less overwhelming. #uncomplicateyourholidayseason

AND I’m giving you specific steps to get it done. 

For this week, to help you #uncomplicate your holiday season I want you to focus on your old holiday cards

Getting cards at Christmas is great; it’s always fun to see pictures of friends and family and how they’ve changed. We love hearing from people we haven’t seen in a while. It’s fun to display these cards on our mantles, archways, windows, and bulletin boards during the holiday season.

But…We all struggle with what to do with them AFTER the holidays. Here are some option and none of them is wrong.

  • Throw them away. It’s ok, you’ll get another one. Plus the person who sent it to you has probably already thrown away the one you sent her. It’s not a priceless treasure.
  • Keep them in a box with your Christmas decorations. They will accumulate year after year. However, it can be nice to look at last year’s cards when you’re putting up this year’s decorations.
  • Store them in a book, scrapbook style. This is dependent on how many you receive each year and how much time you have to commit to this after the holidays.
  • Use the card as a gift tag. Cut the card in half and use the image as a gift tag for future gifts.
  • Use the image to identify friends. Take a picture of the card and use it as that person’s Contact photo in your phone. Then throw it away.

Those extra copies of the cards that you order “just in case” you run out?  You can let those go, too. Save a couple in your memorabilia box but you don’t have to keep that half full box of  cards from that you may have overestimated the order quantity.

Just start now so you don’t have to worry about it when you have even less time!

If you’re eager for more tips and a solution to make the holidays easier, see my post on the bundled solution I created called Holiday Smart Solution Bundle !