Articles for Holidays

valentineValentine’s Day is only a week away. Let’s face it, our bedrooms look more like a disaster area than a place of rest and romance. Most of us hide our clutter in our bedroom because it’s the last place people will look. The truth is that this clutter keeps us from being able to relax and get a better night’s sleep. Here are six steps to creating an atmosphere for rest and maybe even a little romance in time by Valentine’s Day:

• Go around and collect all of the dirty laundry— including the sheets on the bed—and start a load in the washer. Keep doing laundry while you are working on the other steps. Make sure there is a hamper in the room, bathroom or closet and that laundry always goes there and never on the floor.
• Go around and collect any trash or recycling and take it out. Make sure you have a trash can in the bedroom and that when it gets full, it is emptied.
• Collect any items that don’t belong in the bedroom and put them in an “elsewhere” box. You can put them in the appropriate room when you are finished. You don’t want to get distracted by leaving the room.
• Fold and put away all clean laundry as soon as it comes out of the dryer. Folding it when it is still warm keeps you from having to iron as much. Also, you don’t have unfolded laundry around reminding you that your work is never done.
• Deal with the clutter in the room on every surface and the floors. Does it really need to go in the bedroom? If so, make sure it is organized. Craft projects should be organized and stored in a container in the closet or under the bed so that you are not reminded of unfinished projects when you are supposed to be sleeping. Display a few pictures and knickknacks that you enjoy, but not more than you want to dust or so much that it is not peaceful.
• Now that the floors and surfaces are clear, give the room a good cleaning and put the sheets back on the bed.

Enjoy a restful, romantic night. You deserve it!

Cathy Bates is owner of Practical Solutions Professional Organizing and a Golden Circle Member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). They offer hands on organizing help for homes and offices. To find out more about how they can assist you, contact them at or call (909)810-3719.

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Guest Article by: Jodi Taylor

Easy Ways to Prepare for a Successful 2009!


I would like to help you start your new year off right! If you begin with a positive, clear mindset in a home that is spacious and energizing, odds are that you will end the year in the same way. I have sent this article out early this month to give everyone a chance to prepare for a successful 2006!
Our Hearts and our Minds:

I love the idea of starting a new year fresh! There is a lot of power in thinking about what we would like from the year ahead and planting a couple of dreams. What would we like to be doing? How do we want to be feeling? Are there changes we would like to see in ourselves or our situations?
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Here are some tips from the Almost Always Organized Mom to help keep your organized and your budget under control as you complete your Holiday Shopping:

1) Know your budget. Sit down with your budget and determine how many gifts you need to purchase. Consider our current economy and avoid damage control next year by knowing your budget ahead of time.

2) Think outside the store. Hand made gifts, cards, poems, gift cards, home videos are all great affordable gifts that also encourage family participation.

3) Avoid the Lines. Shop during the week and early morning if possible to avoid the long lines on the weekend and evenings. Better yet shop online. There are GREAT deals at

4) How to wrap the BIG gifts. Stop by your local dollar store and purchase those BIG table clothes in red and green. Use some ribbon and voila big Christmas gift is wrapped !

5) Gift wrap central. Consider setting up  a temporary holiday gift-wrap station. Include all the needed items to complete all your wrapping. I also personally use a different wrap for each child (so I know who the gifts are for but they don’t until I ad the tags on Christmas eve.

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I was surprised this morning with a wonderful free Holiday Planning Guide! The plan covers Thanksgiving, Christmas, and touches on other cultural holidays as well.

A few things you will find in the Free Holiday Planning Guide:

– Christmas decorating ideas

– Christmas games for children and families

– Holiday meal planning

– Gift ideas

– Creating Holiday Traditions for your family

– and some wonderful recipes.

This Almost Always Organized Mom gives the Holiday Planning guide by the Indie Biz Chicks (who have some great free business guides as well for women running their own business) two thumbs up.

Get yours today for free at their website. Click for a Free Holiday Planning Guide.

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Guest Article by: Jody Taylor

How to Truly Enjoy your Holiday Season!!

OK! Before the mad excess of overcrowded stores and Christmas carols on repeat threaten to overload you, I want you to take one minute. Relax and take a deep breath. Think back and remember that magical, cozy feeling that engulfed you during the Christmas holidays when you were a child. My memories feel warm; smell of sumptuous food; sound of old recordings of carols and hymns on the record player; and see dancing, colourful lights. I think back to that time and wonder how my feelings could have changed so much over the years.

Today, the Holiday season is a very different experience for many people. There are huge demands and great expectations placed on our time and finances and many people feel exhausted and broke at the end of it all.

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