Tips & Inspiration for Organizing a Simpler Life December 2011 – Vol. 10 No. 11
The best things in life……are not things.

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‘Tis the season to give (away) Many of us have a tendency to hold on to things long after their usefulness has expired. Have you ever wondered why we do that?

One reason is because of something called “the poverty mindset.” We subconsciously believe that if we let go of something, we will need it later and won’t be able to get it.

I have found the opposite to be true. The more I give, the more I get.

Have you heard of the “Law of Attraction?” Basically, it states that the energy you send out is what you get back. Energy is sent through thoughts, feelings, words, and deeds. Deeds include giving your time, money or things.

When you hold on to “stuff” you don’t need or want anymore, you are holding on to negative energy. You are also likely acting, whether you realize it or not, from a belief that you don’t have enough.

The problem with this type of thinking is that our experiences in life are driven by our beliefs. If you believe deep down that you don’t have enough, you will never have enough.

On the other hand, when you clean out your closet, garage or basement and donate unneeded items, you send positive energy into the world.

Act as if you already have everything you need and your life will be filled with abundance in more ways than you ever imagined. This is my wish for you.

Favorite organizing products and resources As a professional organizer for the last 10 years, I’ve used and recommended a lot of organizing products, services and resources.
Every month, in this column, I share my favorites.

This month, I’d like to share five last-minute holiday gift ideas for that special someone who could use the gift of organization.

1. Simple Division Garment Organizers* make a great stocking stuffer for under $10. On the home page of my web site at Unclutter.com, you can see how I use them to keep your clothes organized.
And yes, I use them in my own closet!

2. You’ll find some of the niftiest organizing products at Clever Container. Just click on “Catalog” to see what they’ve got. (Check out age 3 if you need a gift for a scrapbooker/crafter.)

Clever Container was launched by two professional organizers as a home party business, but my friend Tracy Axcell, also a professional organizer, is a consultant and she has agreed to ship whatever you want. Last month, I ordered a gift wrap organizer and it arrived the very next day! (You’ll find that on page 24.)

3. Last month, I mentioned The Couponizer* – THE best system for organizing and shopping with coupons. I know because I use it myself. Use coupon code SHIP30 and you’ll receive 30% off USPS Priority Mail Shipping. (Note: This coupon code expires 12/31/11.)

4. The Tote Buddy* neatly store piles of reusable bags, helping you to declutter and stay organized for every shopping trip. I get so many comments at the checkout! It’s my new favorite organizing product for under $20.

5. This is another of my all-time favorite organizing products that any woman would love to have – the Purse Perfector*. Load up this purse insert and you can change purses in a flash. And if you order on National Free Shipping Day (December 16), you can get free shipping when you enter the coupon FREESHIPPINGDAY at checkout.

For a look at more of my organizing favorites, visit www.unclutter.com/favorites

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Could you use some holiday cleaning tips? I was interviewed for this article that was published recently at iVillage.com.

Did I tell you that Martha Stewart go way back? Just kidding! But I did get an invitation to be a repeat guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio a few weeks ago. Of course I said yes. The topic? Organizing and managing holiday gifts. Here’s one of my favorite tips: Hide unwrapped – and even wrapped – gifts in locked suitcases.

If you subscribe to Better Homes & Gardens, you may have noticed a mention of yours truly in the January 2012 issue. I helped organize the Lokken home. Catch my kitchen organizing tips in an audio segment in the digital edition of Better Homes and Gardens available December 16. Go to BHG.com/digital to find more information about downloading to your tablet: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, or Nook Color.

Speaking of digital content, my latest book How to Declutter and Make Money Now! is coming to a Kindle near you very soon. I am just putting the finishing touches on this book that will show you how to turn clutter into cash. You’ll be the first to know when it launches. And guess what? You don’t need a Kindle to get a Kindle book.
You can download an app for your PC, tablet or smartphone.

That’s all for this month. Until next month, keep it simple.