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Worth repeating: Give your father the gift of time

15 June 2017 | Comments [0] »

This Sunday is Father’s Day and it’s also the second anniversary of the day my other passed away. When I was on the airplane on my way to my mother’s bedside the day she died two years ago, I wrote a post about giving our parents our time, not stuff. Here’s that post. I truly believe that we benefit, as do our parents, when we make an effort to spend time with them, especially on holidays. It’s a much better gift than a tie or after shave!

Father’s Day is Sunday and that always makes me want to encourage you not to give gifts that will become clutter. I think this is particularly true of gifts to parents, who may have an especially hard time letting go of items you give them.

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Amazon Prime: The ultimate clutter-free gift

5 December 2016 | Comments [0] »

I’ve been a member of Amazon Prime for years—well over a decade, I’m sure. I first joined when pretty much the only benefit was free two-day shipping (and it cost $79 annually). Now the price is up to $99 but to me it’s an amazing bargain. The free shipping is great. But they have added some benefits that make the $99 expenditure well worth it, even you never have a thing shipped.

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Americans want to receive experiences, not stuff

29 November 2016 | Comments [0] »

One of my refrains around any holiday is urging folks to give the gift of experiences, not stuff. I see how gifts can so easily become clutter, because people tend to resist discarding anything they received as a gift.

So I was really pleased to get an email from Sparefoot about their recent study that found that most people don’t use the gifts they receive and that 81% would rather receive experiences.

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Give your father the gift of time

18 June 2015 | Comments [2] »

Father’s Day is Sunday and that always makes me want to encourage you not to give gifts that will become clutter. I think this is particularly true of gifts to parents, who may have an especially hard time letting go of items you give them.

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Creating an instant heirloom with Montage

4 May 2015 | Comments [0] »

I used Montage to make a photo book for her, full of current-ish family photos, most of which were taken on a recent visit I took to visit my parents with my niece and nephew, who live in Australia. Their visits are understandably rare, so these family photos are precious.

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Worth repeating: Keep it simple and give clutter-free gifts

22 December 2014 | Comments [0] »

And now for my annual plea not to give gifts that will clutter the recipient’s home. A nice bonus of most of these gifts is they don’t require leaving the house to purchase, so they’re great for Christmas procrastinators. I wrote this post two years ago and I stand by it today.

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Worth repeating: Don't give your mom clutter

2 May 2014 | Comments [0] »

Mother’s Day is in a week (and my mother’s birthday is today!), so I’ve been thinking about gift giving again. If you give your mom an experience, service or something consumable, you don’t have to worry about cluttering up her home. Here’s a post from a couple of years ago that I think is worth repeating. (I’ve updated it a little.)

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My love/hate relationship with homemade gifts

9 December 2013 | Comments [1] »

I’m a little bit crafty. I love beautiful, handmade items. I knit as a hobby and especially appreciate hand knits.

But I almost never give an item I’ve knitted as a gift. And that’s because I’ve seen among my clients a real difficulty in giving up an item that was a gift. And it’s even harder to give up hand-made gifts, even if they’ve never been used or loved. Sometimes the gift recipient just doesn’t share the taste of the giver.

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Amazon Prime now available as a gift

26 November 2013 | Comments [0] »

I love giving gifts that leave no clutter footprint. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that every year this time of year I blog about giving gifts that don’t create clutter.

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Worth repeating: Don't give your mom clutter

12 June 2013 | Comments [1] »

Father’s Day is on Sunday and it brought to mind my message about avoiding gifts that create clutter. I’ve been writing about that for years in terms of Mother’s Day gifts, but it’s just as true for Father’s Day. Your dad (or husband) probably doesn’t need another tie or bottle of after shave. I thought I’d repeat a post I created last year for Mother’s Day, which actually reprints a newsletter article I wrote in 2007. I’ll share a little secret (because my father doesn’t read my blog): I’ll be giving him cut flowers, like I have been for some years. They brighten his day and and he doesn’t have to find a permanent home for them.

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Keep it simple and give clutter-free gifts

12 December 2012 | Comments [1] »

I’m all about letting the holidays be easy. And I’m also very keen on not giving gifts that might weigh the recipient down. I see in my clients a tendency to hang onto items that were given as gifts, even if the items aren’t used or loved.

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Don't give your mom clutter

3 May 2012 | Comments [0] »

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Since moms tend to want to hang on to gifts their children give them, I urge you to consider giving her something that won’t become clutter.

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Easy (and clutter-free) gift giving

6 December 2011 | Comments [3] »

I shot a segment this morning on Great Day St. Louis about clutter-free gift giving, one of my favorite holiday topics.

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Keeping Mother's Day clutter-free

22 April 2011 | Comments [0] »

Mother’s Day is one of those holidays that seems to invite clutter, in the form of gifts. I know I have a hard time coming up with gifts for my mother, who pretty much has all the stuff she needs. I don’t want to add another knick knack for her shelf, so I usually resort to flowers.

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Gift-giving mash up

18 December 2009 | Comments [0] »

I haven’t managed to write a post this year about holiday gift giving, so I thought I’d do it today before it’s really too late. I started looking back on the posts I’ve written in the past about gift giving (this is my fourth Christmas as a blogger) and realized that I’ve written some pretty good stuff. So rather than reinvent the wheel, I’m going to point you to some past articles as well as some stuff written by others.

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Fantastic Mother's Day gift ideas

5 May 2009 | Comments [0] »

Traditional Mother’s Day gifts are a recipe for clutter as far as I’m concerned. The thought behind the is great, but since sentiment is attached to them, the recipient doesn’t like to part with them. That can add up to major clutter over the years.

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Give the gift of flight

9 December 2008 | Comments [2] »

If you have anyone on your gift list who has a problem with clutter, please, I implore you, consider giving them an experience or a service, rather than a thing. Chronically disorganized folks tend to attach sentimental value to items easily, making them difficult to part with. If it’s a gift, it’s especially hard to pass along to someone else. So your well-intentioned gift might turn into clutter.

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Mindful gift giving

2 December 2008 | Comments [2] »

The horrifying tragedy at a Walmart on Long Island the day after Thanksgiving represents holiday shopping at its worst. Folks waited in line for hours, then broke down the doors, actually trampling an employee. All in the name of getting a good deal, I guess.

Now I like a deal. But this year I’m encouraging myself (and you) to practice mindful shopping when it comes to the holiday season.

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Can you give the gift of organization?

24 November 2008 | Comments [3] »

This time of year I sometimes receive inquiries from people who want to give my services to someone on their gift list. That’s a tricky proposition and I’ll tell you why. Folks who look like they could use the services of a professional organizer might be perfectly happy with their current state of affairs. Or they might just not be ready to even think about decluttering. They might be insulted by the suggestion, which is an awful reaction to a gift.

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Keeping the clutter out of holiday gift giving

17 November 2008 | Comments [3] »

If you haven’t already purchased your holidays gifts this year, I encourage you to consider giving gifts that won’t contribute any clutter to the recipient’s home. I wrote about this in the November 2007 issue of my newsletter. My readership was smaller then, so I’m going to repost it here for those who may not have seen it. (If you like it and would like to subscribe to my free monthly newsletter, which comes out on the 15th of every month, please subscribe.)

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My first newsletter is out

8 December 2007 | Comments [0] »

I decided to offer a quarterly newsletter with a little article, a tip, and an offer. Maybe a little news.

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