Wrapping up Christmas in our home + thinking ahead to 2012

As the holidays wind down, I wanted to share a few things we love to do in our home that bring a bit of joy now – and to holidays to come…

Keeping a little Christmas at my dressing table

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree … we will miss you! To keep a little bit of that special part of Christmas, I’ll cut a tiny bit of a branch, put in bud vases and place in bedrooms. {My boys think this is neat!}

Holiday decor: Do you really love? You don’t have to display {keep} everything! If you aren’t in love with what you’re taking down, put in donate box instead of a storage box.

Make writing thank-you's more fun: these are notecards my 8-year old loves! {Papyrus brand at Target}

Merci!  I’m a big believer in the thank you note. It’s just a nice thing to do. And a good habit pass on to your children. A few ways to make it fun / easier:

  • Before getting started, make a list of all the thank you’s to write. And get your stationary supplies together.
  • Write notes together as a family. Sit down together in front of the fire, put on some background music…
  • Do an all-in-one: Have each member write on one card. {If you want to get creative, use family’s thumb prints to make little reindeer or a Christmas tree. This is a great way to get even the tiny ones involved.}
  • Use stationary you love: for example, when my little one turned eight, we found these that he loved! {See pic above}
  • Schedule a block of time to do – and stick to it. You may not love doing but you WILL be glad when it’s done. And the recipient will appreciate : )

A few things to do now for NEXT Christmas:

  • Have your child’s stocking hand-made: Our cousin, Missy, knitted beautiful ones for our boys – having a personalized stocking made with love – soooo special!
  • And speaking of stockings, pick up neat little things throughout the year to help Santa stuff them. And not just for the little ones. Santa brings ME one {thank you, sweetheart – maybe he’ll remember you next year??!}. And one year my mom made special stockings for my grandmother and her sister. What a thrill it was to wake Christmas morning and find stockings filled just for them!!
  • My parents planted a cutting garden – fabulous for holiday decor. Love, love!

Cutting garden - my parents planted a few years ago

My mom & dad - trimming for Christmas!

This year's table: the greens came from the cutting garden + Mom's special ornaments for us were at each place setting

Candlelight makes everything magical... And they used battery operated lights in the greenery on mantel.

What would YOU do differently next year to make holidays more meaningful / enjoyable? Make those photo book gifts earlier so it’s enjoyable and they arrive on time? DVR those cute Christmas shows in November so your kids don’t miss every single one? Wait, those are a few of mine. As for you… at least make a mental note for next year.

I think it’s so important to reflect from time to time on how are days are playing out – and what we can do a bit different to make them align to more of what we value / need / love…One thing that will help at least 90% of us? See box below:

If you’re like most people I know, there’s at least a little bit of “relief” now that Christmas is over. The holidays can feel like a full-time job in itself. And when we put that on top of everything else on our plates, it’s bound to make us {more than} a little frazzled.

Something that can help? You guessed it – ORDER. This helps bring more of the peace we wish for during the holiday season – and those other days of our year.

If you are wanting to have a more organized {FILL IN THE BLANK:  home, workspace, calendar, life – or all of the above} in 2012, there are two ways I can help:

#1:  As a professional organizer, I can come into your home or office {OR for overall time / life organizing – over the phone or Skype} and we can work together to create the organized surroundings you wish for. {For lots more info on how I can help, please just send me an email requesting more info and I’ll get it to you! angela@AngelaHarrisDesign.com}

#2:  Starting next week {next year : ), follow along with me as I share a weekly organizing idea that you can implement on your own.

Option #1 is for those wanting an order overhaul – and a partner / confidante to help develop and put into action a personalized plan. I use a combination of skills learned through my training with Julie at Julie Morgenstern Enterprise in NYC {you’ve probably seen her on Oprah, Good Morning America and on NYTimes best-seller list} AND what I’ve personally used / developed as I bring more order into my own life.

Option #2 is for anyone wanting to add a little order, bit by bit, throughout the year. I know not everyone has the ability to hire an organizer. So this is a way for me to share ideas that anyone can do on their own. I promise that by taking action a week at a time, you WILL see a big difference.

Again, I wanted to wrap up by thanking each and every one of you for reading, and for you kind words you’ve shared with me throughout this past year. There’s lots of good stuff in store for 2012 – for all of us!




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