"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving."
- Mother Teresa
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Happy Holidays everyone!
Do you still have a little (or maybe all, no judgement!) shopping to do for your family and friends? If you'd like to do something a little different this year, think about giving gifts that help your loved ones get and stay organized in 2020.
Sound like a plan? Keep reading for some helpful suggestions!
Have someone in your life who has been looking into the #minimalistlife? The KonMari Method has been making waves in recent years, and this book from the creator is the perfect gift for someone interested in creating a more simple space.
2. The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley - Amazon - $11.89
As popular as it has become, minimalism isn't for everyone. You may have someone on your list who would like to get their home organized without cutting their wardrobe down to just the necessities (because fashionistas would NEVER!). This book is a helpful guide for anyone wanting a more organized home without becoming a full on minimalist.
3. Professional Organizing Services
A lot of people would love an organized space but HATE the thought of doing the actual organizing...and that's where people like me come in 😉 Give them the perfect gift this holiday season and purchase a gift certificate for a professional organizing session. Visit deecluttered.org, the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals website, or FindMyOrganizer to find a great organizer in their area!
4. Gift Cards to an Organization-Friendly Store
Whether they're tackling organizing on their own or getting help from a professional, a gift card to a store that sells organization aides - like organization systems, baskets, storage containers, etc. - is perfect! Not only does it help them get organized, it also doesn't add clutter to their space in the process. Some good examples are AtHome, The Container Store, and IKEA.
5. A Small Step on the Path to Organization
Do you know someone who would benefit from a little nudge to get the organizing ball rolling in their life? A whole house or even a room may be too overwhelming for a first step, so set them on the right path with something a little more manageable - their car! Success with a small space may just be that spark that gives them the motivation to organize other areas in their life.
Car Trunk Organizer by FORTEM - Amazon - $29.99
6. Gift an Online Organization or Productivity Course
Thanks to the magic of the internet, information about just about anything is at our fingertips at all times! Online courses are a great way to learn about things that can improve and change our lives, and Udemy is one of the leaders in that space. It may not be the first topics that come to mind, but they actually have quite a few courses about organization and overall productivity in life. Gift one to the lifetime learner in your life!
7. An Experience
One of the easiest ways to get and stay organized is to keep down the number of 'things' you own (hello minimalism!). So if you're giving the gift of organization this year, 'experience' gifts are great options! They don't cause clutter and they create memories that last a lifetime - unlike that sweater or pair of shoes that may get tossed at some point. The Groupon Things to Do tab is a great place to start looking for experiences to gift.
8. A Great Planner
A space isn't the only thing that can be organized - life in general can get cluttered and chaotic if you don't stay on top of it. That's where planners come in. In this age of all things techie, there are a lot of options for planning and life organization tools but sometimes there's nothing like the original pen and paper. I’m trying out a Happy Planner this year, but there are plenty of options out there to find the perfect match for your loved one!
9. Invest in Their Future
Is your loved one planning to knock out debt or buy a house in 2019? Do they have a dream of starting a small business or going back to school? Consider finding a way to support them in one of their goals - whether it's financially, connecting them with a helpful resource, or some other way - this holiday season instead of purchasing a physical gift. The gift of support is one of the most thoughtful gifts someone can give...and it won't end up in the pile of clutter at the back of their closet 😊
10. The Gift of Time
Life can get unorganized and out of control quickly when it feels like there's never enough time in the day. Gifting things like monthly food box subscriptions, home cleaning services, and grocery delivery memberships can help your busy loved ones live more efficient lives - cutting back on their stress and making it easier for them to get their to-do lists completed every day.
So there you have it, the 2019 DeeCluttered Holiday Gift Guide! Hopefully this has given you some new ideas for great gifts to give this holiday season. And the great thing is that the gift of organization can be given at any time of year so this list is perfect for birthdays, weddings, and graduations too! Happy Gifting!