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I'm sure this isn't the first time you've heard Every Woman is a Mother. Women, by nature, seem to have a nurturing side that shines through their interests, passions, and in all they do. These women are mothers to van loads of kids, and they are friends who promote social causes. They are the aunts who dote, grandmothers who spoil, neighbors who help, and teachers who inspire. They are the employees, the service providers, the CEOs. These are the women who surround us - and who help make the corners of our world a little bit better.
Every Woman IS a Mother - and with Mother's Day coming up what better way to honor any woman in your life than by helping her reclaim a space in her home - a spare bedroom that has become storage, a garage that can't fit a car, an office overwhelmed by papers, or a room that needs a few tweaks to function better. A gift certificate from We Love Messes can get her on her way to achieving just what she needs.
Is this a self-serving request? Perhaps a little, I admit! But please also trust me when I tell you that I see first hand the benefits of time women claim for themselves and their passions when their homes run efficiently. And isn't more time a gift every woman (and man) wants?
In case you're a numbers person, here are some stats from a Real Simple survey of 3200 American women:
Contact me today if you'd like to honor the women in your life with a gift certificate from We Love Messes for Mother's Day - or any other day!
I'd love to know how you honor the women in your life - on Mother's Day and every day! Please comment below so we can all get a little more inspired to remember that every woman is a mother.
We have all probably had those days - kindness seemed too scarce and cranky pants seemed too plentiful. And what we all really long for is more of the first - kindness. This is Random Acts of Kindness Week, and according to research, being kind to others is actually a way of giving back to yourself.
When we talk random acts of kindness, we don't need to park a new car in the neighbor's driveway as a surprise. Think about those things I talk about living simply and living well - decluttering excess to bring out the really valuable things in our lives. Same goes for kindness - simple is powerful. Try one (or more!) of these easy and inexpensive ways to share random acts of kindness this week!
I'm sure you're probably busy with last minute holiday plans. Wrapping, travelling, cooking, and in general trying to squeeze in a week of activities into two days. But I'm going to ask you to take just a few minutes to plan for after the holidays - when there are those bowls and plates of leftovers.
Ever hosted a gathering (of any type) where there aren't leftovers? Not me - even with careful planning. What happens to the extra food? Is it dismissed to the back of the fridge not to see daylight until it's too late? Did you know 40% of the food produced in the United States goes uneaten? We can be better stewards of our edible resources than that!
Recently Minnesota Public Radio hosted an engaging conversation on ways to reduce food waste during the holiday season with Eureka Recycling in the Twin Cities. I loved their idea of using glass jars to send leftovers home with guests. Heck, I like the idea of sending home leftovers, period! Being able to warm up some supper on a busy night doesn't just fill our stomachs, it fills our hearts with the memories of the gathering, AND saves us time! Win. Win. Win.
Enjoy the food - both eating and sharing. We are so lucky to have excess - there are many who don't.
What's your favorite way to use up party leftovers? Inquiring minds want to know.....
Give the gift of calm and peace this holiday season! Be sure to check out the virtual packages I have ready, including the Peace of Mind Package, which includes:
This is too good not to share again! One of my very creative fellow Professional Organizer's shares her take on a holiday classic:
'Twas just weeks before Christmas, when I looked 'round my house
And feelings were stirring that I couldn't douse.
The clutter was piled up in mounds all around,
And piles, dust and overwhelm all did abound.
No visions of sugarplums danced in my head,
Just feelings of angst and confusion and dread.
The papers were piled on the table so high
There's no chance of mealtime, I thought with a sigh.
I thought of the guests that would come all too soon
And started to panic and wish it was June.
Aackk! People are coming! Oh, where will they stay?
I must move this clutter. It's all in the way.
I want to have family and friends to enjoy,
To entertain, decorate, bake and ah, oh boy.
"I meant to get to it", I heard myself whine,
But now it's December and I'm down to the line.
I thought I could do it myself if I tried,
But it was too much and my brain felt so fried.
I needed some help and I knew whom to call
A Professional Organizer who's on the ball.
My organizer friend was so lively and quick
Before I knew it I was ready for St. Nick!
She helped me to think in a rational way.
I still had some time; they're not coming today.
She settled me down and said, "You'll be alright.
Now take a deep breath and this clutter we'll fight.
We'll start in one room and just put things away
Stuff with no 'home' won't be able to stay."
We cleared and we sorted, we put things away
I was so glad I had not waited just one more day!
We purged and we sorted and made such a clatter
The donation bags just got fatter and fatter."
Soon tabletops showed up and floors all got cleared
There's so much more room now, it almost feels weird.
With Karen's help I got so much more done,
She's taught me the process, we even had fun.
I love it! I said as I looked all around.
I couldn't believe all the lost stuff I'd found!
I'd managed quite well while the stuff was all lost
But realized I'd be fine if most just got tossed.
I could go on but I think I'll stop here
And wish every one of you holiday cheer.
Oh, and by the way, if your shopping's not done-
If you choose gifts that they'll want, need or use up, you've all won!
Karen here now, all done butchering this poem,
Wishing each of you joy and peace inside of your home.
And so I'll exclaim as I send my newsletter Merry Christmas to all! Be a clutter go-getter!
© 2014 Karen Sheesley
Here it is October already, and for the first time in years I didn't go into the month dreading it. Dreading it because for all of the wonderful awareness it raises for breast cancer, it is the in-your-face reminder of my own story. I am a breast cancer survivor.
October will always represent something to me other than just the start of fall or the precipice of the holiday madness. And as I learn to navigate through my own personal demons and triumphs with this month, I still hold true to my aversion to Pink Washing. Don't just buy the pink hype, people.
What is Pink Washing? Check out the excerpt from my blog post from 2014 to learn more - and how you can avoid the hype.
*sigh* October is probably my least favorite month. Nothing to do with the shorter days or colder temps, but more the arrival of "everything pink" in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Am I anti- Breast Cancer Awareness? Quite the contrary - I've had my own journey with Breast Cancer and am a proud 15 year survivor (hear my story). Seeing my daughter's volleyball team wearing pink during their games, or the ladies at Choice Therapy in pink makes me feel loved and supported as a survivor. My issue is the companies who wash their products and marketing in pink, but don't actually support Breast Cancer research, or do so in very small percentages while reaping the benefits of increased sales.
For example, the Oriental Trading Company sells loads of pink Breast Cancer Awareness products, but not a single cent goes towards Breast Cancer research. In 2010 Dansko (who's shoes I LOVE) rolled out a "pink ribbon" clog. They donated $25000 to Susan G. Komen before the clogs even hit the market - and weren't donating any more regardless of how many pairs of clogs sold. And the NFL - don't even get me started:( [Keep reading the rest at my previous blog post.]
Ahhhhh yes....the gift giving season is pressingly upon us! How are you feeling about your list? Overwhelmed? Crabby? Stressed? Or, happily oblivious to the looming deadline? **side note - if you are that person I highly recommend checking with your significant other to see if they need your help!!!!**
Not a client session passes that we don't discover something that has been received as a gift that they don't need, use or love, and yet hold on to because they don't want to hurt the giver's feelings. These collective experiences have given me an expanded view of gift giving - and receiving! Here's the CliffsNotes version:
Gift Giving - go for experiences and consumables. Take a few minutes to really think about the recipient, and choose accordingly. Does she love to dance? How about dance lessons at Suzy and Hondo's? Is he a workout fiend? Classes at Fusion Fitness Studio are always a hit! Are they outdoor enthusiasts? Minnesota State Parks have a gift card that is applicable for all kinds of outdoor things! Need more ideas? Check out my printable resource chock-full of gift experiences!
Gift Receiving - Remember it is the thought behind the gift, not the physical gift itself that has meaning. How many "gifts" do you have lying around that you don't need, use, or love? It's OK to let them go - you have my permission as your virtual clutter coach! We retain the memory of the gift giver, and that is what is truly important.
Have you given an experience instead of a physical gift? I'd love to hear about it - please share in the comments section!
Happy Gift Giving, my friends.
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