Blessings to all

Life is a gift and what you do with yours is up to you!Winter scene with bare trees, pristine snow and reflective brook.

Holiday blessings to everyone no matter how you celebrate. May you find peace, joy, love throughout the month of December and into the New Year.

Lovingly,

Judith Ann Kirk, Professional Organizer/Personal Coach

 

P.S. Organizing Resources will be closed from December 20, 2017 until January 3, 2018.

 

You can demonstrate your love, caring, and affection through daily actions—every day, not just holidays.  —The Minimalists

 

 

 

Peace on earth

Christmas candles
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Light a candle of peace and joy for the holiday season 

It seems a little pointless to become stressed over activities that are suppose to elicit joy. What happens as the clock ticks away the minutes of December and causes normal ordinary people to wish they could stop the world and get off for a while?

Think about this: Are you searching for a way to shift your approach to the holiday celebration? Are you hoping to bring back the togetherness, the giving from the heart, the true meaning of the season?

Begin by reflecting on ways to reduce your stress level and recapture the joyfulness of the season. There are unlimited possibilities for creating a simple celebration; the choice is yours.

Reflect on the things that you truly love about the holidays.

Make a list of precious moments--the beauty, the smells, the fellowship, the peacefulness, the serenity of a glowing fire.

Discover that the most cherished memories are of simple pleasures.

Many of the holiday traditions were centered around the winter solstice, a time of year when our ancestors revered the earth as a source of life and nourishment. Start your own traditions by acknowledging the seasonal changes, honoring the earth and protecting the environment. This is an excellent time to appreciate the beauty of nature, clean up the environment, observe the sunrise and sunset, decrease pollutants in the air and water, and eat only natural, unprocessed foods.

Expressing gratitude brings forth joy and peace throughout the holidays. Take a few moments in the coming days and set your sights beyond the clutter of the holiday season and find your own star to travel upon. Gratitude is the sustaining power in the gift of life. Celebrate this month's holy days by expressing the joy of living with the attitude of gratitude.

You can put a stop to stressful holiday celebrations and begin to simplify, if you truly want to. Reevaluate your priorities and eliminate the senseless spending of time and money. Get in touch with the true meaning of the season.

Remember it is your choice -- stress or calm. Start now to recapture the joy of the season. How will you celebrate?

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Be prepared to organize Thanksgiving leftovers

The day is fast approaching. Everyone will gather around the table for the Thanksgiving feast. There is so much to be thankful for!  Family, friends, food... Oh, the abundance of food! Now what?

Just imagine...  The table is beautifully set, candles are glistening. The turkey is moist, the cranberry sauce tart and tasty, the sweet potatoes smooth, and the pumpkin pie scrumptious. After dinner, everyone is content and, no doubt, vegging out on the couch watching football. Well... no everyone. The kitchen helpers need to deal with the leftovers.

Here are a few tips from a Professional Organizer to organize and store the abundance:

Oven-safe and microwavable Glasslock Containers
Oven-safe and microwavable glass

If a good portion of Thanksgiving leftovers will be eaten within a couple of days, these items can be stored in the refrigerator in glass or plastic containers. I prefer using glass and love my GlassLock containers. They are oven safe and microwavable. Simple!

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Glass containers are reusable and pose no harmful risk to the environment or personal health. There is no leaching of potentially harmful chemicals when in contact with food. Glass can be safely used for hot foods or liquids. Just remember to label each container to make life easier and less stress when searching for that cranberry sauce.

Leftover sliced turkey and cranberry make a mouth-watering sandwich. For this, the turkey can be stored in air-tight Ziplock bags to keep it fresh and moist.

Quart wide mouth bell canning jars
Wide-mouth quart canning jars

When it is time to strip the meat off the turkey bones plan to simmer them for hours in a crock pot. Oh, a super nutritious broth to be used for soups or flavoring in rice or quinoa. Heavenly!

I choose to store broth, soups, and liquid leftovers in wide-mouth canning jars in the refrigerator or freezer. Again, it is glass -- reusable and non toxic. Available on Amazon.

Storing the overabundance of soup in the freezer without a label may leave you wondering, "What is it?" Who needs that stress?

So, label -- label everything. To keep supplies organized and easily retrievable whether on the shelf, in the refrigerator or in the freezer, consider using waterproof adhesive chalkboard labels.

A MULTI-PURPOSE LABEL: Works great for mason jars, jelly, spice, jam, herb, candy, cookie or seasoning jars, canning jar, round bottles, wine glasses, coffee cups or tea tin boxes, canisters, wooden wicker baskets, folders, office supplies, classroom toy bins...

Reusable adhesive chalkboard labels
If you want to know what it is then label

I love these vinyl reusable stickers for organizing a variety of items throughout my home and office. They are decorative and come with different colored liquid chalk pens. They are washable and reusable.

Write, peel and stick -- now you know what is inside that container. No more guessing when contents are clearly labeled. Professional Organizer's secret - label, label, label!

What do you have that needs labeling?

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