November Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks to Make Life Easier

It's easier to have fun when you're organized.

I'm back! Here are 4 quick monthly tips from me, Molly Boren of Simplicity Works Organizing Services. I hope they make your life a little easier.

Do Streamline

Holiday decorations are coming out, so take this chance to pare down. Find the pieces you don't love or haven't used. Donate them now, when charity thrift stores are happy to get them. Decide how much storage space you want to devote to decorations & stick to that volume. They will be so much easier to put away! Extra credit: temporarily remove everyday decorations to make room for the seasonal ones, & store in the empty holiday bins.

Don't Over­Decorate

Don't feel pressured to festoon the whole house with holiday decorations. A pop of the season in a few places can make just as much of an impact ‐‐ or more ‐‐ as a blizzard of tchotchkes. And it's a hundred times less stressful, leaving you more energy to enjoy the good cheer. If you need permission to do less, consider it given!

Get (and Give) Gift Cards

Gift cards for local businesses are the ultimate clutter‐free gift. They also build healthy economies & communities. Here in Ann Arbor, for instance, you can buy a Main Street Area Association gift card for your recipient's choice of any of their dozens of businesses.

Give Survival & Dignity

The International Rescue Committee has a wonderful Rescue Gifts catalog. Buy practical, proven items like mosquito nets & emergency classrooms for refugees around the world, starting at $18. Give in the name of friends & family for a meaningful gift like no other.

The Gift of Organization

Another gift idea: organizing services! (In addition to avoiding clutter, this gift actually removes it.) First and foremost, put a Simplicity Works gift certificate on your own wish list & spread the word to the gift givers in your life. Also consider one for friends & family who've said they want less clutter & more peace in their home or office.

Purchasers can contact, my webpage form, or 773‐915‐3537 to order a handsome gift certificate in any denomination.

Get Organized in December & January

I'm scheduling onsite organizing sessions in the Detroit & Chicago areas ‐‐ as well as phone or video sessions anywhere in the world ‐‐ for December and January. I'll also be available in NYC January 27 through February

Call or email or email to find your best time. (My Michigan & virtual schedules are the most flexible.)