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The Holidays Are Coming In Hot!

It is getting to be that time of year again and the holidays are already around the corner. No matter how you celebrate, this is the time to get your stuff together and get organized. Perfection is not the endgame, Relaxation and a sense of calm is. Here are some areas to focus on to help set the stage for fun and enjoyment of this special time.

1. The pantry, cabinets and refrigerator. Since these holidays circulate around food, it would behoove you to tidy up these areas. Even throwing out all the expired food makes a huge difference. If you have time, take everything out, wipe off the shelves, and only put back what you use. Everyone has bought items that seemed like a good idea at the time, but has never been used. I guarantee that you will feel so good after this, that you might move on to the next area.

2. The hallway closet or mudroom. This is the perfect time to have your children try on all the coats that are stuck in there. If it’s not being handed down to the next child, and it hasn’t been worn in a few years, it is time to donate it. How many times have you bought new coats and never got rid of the one you were planning to replace? My hand is up for this one. Also, go through all the gloves and hats. Check that there is a match to all the gloves. You don’t want to be doing this when it’s 30 degrees and the kids are running out the door to school. Make sure everyone likes the scarfs and hats. Put everything in a basket or container so they are easy to get to when needed.

3. The game/puzzle/toy cabinet. This needs a little love. It is time to donate the games you imagined your whole family sitting around the table lovingly playing. It worked perhaps during the pandemic, but I am pretty sure it hasn’t been played since. If it has, great! Keep it. Lucky you! I have trouble getting everyone to sit and have dinner together. I feel since getting back to “normal”, we have been busier than ever! Perhaps now you have room for some new games and you will have more luck getting everyone to try them out. Also, throw out the games that are missing pieces or the boxes are worn or broken. This goes for the puzzles and toys, too. And, maybe don’t do this clean out in front of the kids.

I have found that being organized (even just a little bit), helps to manage stress effectively, which in turn will give you more time to focus on what really matters to you and your family. My wish for everyone this upcoming season is calm and peace, and a match for every glove. If you have any questions with this or with any of the services I offer, contact me at Living Simple, at

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