Entertaining For The Holidays?… Prepare In Advance

shutterstock_238016905So you’re having family and guests over for dinner? Make it fun and simple. First, start by planning your holiday menu and decide what favorite recipes you would like to serve. Once you have the menu solidified, stick to it and don’t deviate. Now on to the grocery list…make a shopping list of all the ingredients you will need. But before you go running off to the store, check to see if you already own these items in your pantry or fridge. If you do own, don’t forget to check the expiration dates. You’re now ready to complete your shopping list and head to the store. Remember to shop for what you need versus just filling up your pantry with stuff. Do as much preparation in advance and delegate tasks to family members such as table setting, decorating, and even just tiding up the home.
And of course you could take the easy route and have your meal catered. Enjoy!

Gift Giving…

shutterstock_115827196Are you having anxiety on what gifts to buy for loved ones and friends this holiday? Keep it simple by following these few guidelines and thoughts. Compile a gift list. Include the gift receiver’s name and detail either a gift already purchased or new gift idea. I keep a master gift list to utilize throughout the year so if someone mentions something they like in conversation, I write it down in the gift list – it is such a time saver and they will be receiving a gift they truly want or need.
Purchase gifts all year so it doesn’t create last minute angst and “last minute gift” syndrome. How many times have you received a gift that you never utilized…did you land up placing it on a shelf in the closet or did you give it away or is it still cluttering your space….
Don’t know what to buy? Let’s not forget cash and gift cards…. practical, simple and sensible. Be sure to set a gift giving budget and stick to it!

Getting Ready for the Holidays

shutterstock_164094056The holidays are right around the corner and the fun craziness begins. We all know that the holidays can be a stressful time of year but with a bit of pre-planning and organization you can enjoy the holidays rather than fretting the season. Each week we will be providing tips to help  your holidays run smoothly. To begin, I recommend creating an essential well thought-out checklist detailing all the tasks that need to be completed. It is useful to group these tasks into larger categories to assist with time management but it also helps with not forgetting steps or items along the way. Category examples? Gifts, Decorating, Meal Planning/Grocery, Cleaning and Miscellaneous activities. Be sure to write down completion dates for each task. And by all means delegate projects to family members so everyone can partake in making the holiday season a festive one.

It’s Thanksgiving… Give Thanks

thanksgivingsm2Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year enjoying family, friends and the delicious feast. Thanksgiving is also a time to give thanks for all that is good in your life. Be grateful for your health, family, friends, job, home and give to those less fortunate. How? Donate clothes, toys, or furnishings to a favorite charity. Spend time volunteering at a local food kitchen. Invite someone you know who will be alone for the holiday to join your holiday dinner table. These kind acts are the true spirit of Thanksgiving.

Know What You Own

Know-what-you-ownHow often do we go shopping putting items in the shopping cart not knowing we already own these items at home? I was recently downsizing a couple and found 8 staplers; multiple drawers of envelopes, batteries, pens, tablets in different rooms and the list could go on. If items were organized in designated places, repeated spending on these items would not occur. Unless, of course, you’re a person with a stapler fetish.

Maybe Someday…

somedayIt’s amazing how many people hold on to clothing that they have not worn for years. You need to ask yourself does this item fit my current lifestyle? If you once held a corporate position where suiting was the dress code and now you work from home, do you really need all those suits hanging in your closet when now you dress casually? Or are they just a reminder of whom you once were? What will it take for you to let them go?

Backup, Backup, Backup

CloudI knew a friend who lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Kept his office files on his computer, a backup at his mother’s house and another in his bank’s safe deposit box. Apparently, the Mississippi River didn’t get the message…and he lost all three copies. Your best place to backup? The Cloud. And if you haven’t done it yet, stop reading this and enroll. It’s simple, easy and the best $70 you’ll spend each year.

Stress Free Moving Tips For The New Yorker

10.11.2014 – halsteadproperty.tumblr.com
hal;stead_logoAccording to the U. S. Census Bureau, out of a population of 282,556,000 people, 40,093,000 moved. That’s an overall percentage of 14.19 percent annually. Congratulations, you’ve finally closed on your new home! You’re excited but now it’s time to call the movers, pack and get rid of clutter that you won’t need in your new home. With everyone so busy these days, moving can be an organizational challenge.
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Empty Nesting in Manhattan

07.11.2014 – halsteadproperty.tumblr.com
hal;stead_logoThe kids are grown and living on their own. Empty nester parents are rambling around their large homes or apartments with space they no longer need and starting to think about their next phase in life. More and more are thinking of spending that next phase by unloading their large family homes in favor of spending their ‘empty nest’ years enjoying their new found freedom.
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10 Must-Have Items for the Ultimate Beach Bag

05.26.2014 – bedbathandbeyond.com

MediaLogo_bedbathbeyondIt’s hot and humid and there’s not a cloud in the sky. It’s the perfect beach day, but don’t leave it all up to Mother Nature. Packing the right stuff in your beach bag can make a spectacular day of sun, sand and surf even better. “Prepare beforehand so you don’t forget anything,” says Donna David, a professional organizer in New York City and President of Donna David & Company. What to pack? Here’s David’s top 10 list of essentials.
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Tips for Clearing Last Year’s Inventory

04.18.2014 – bankofamerica.com

MediaLogo_bankofamericaIf you’re a small business owner who sells clothes, electronics or other products, there’s a good chance that from time to time you might be left with excess or unsold inventory from the previous year. You could try to clear out these items with a special sale, of course. But suppose the items are seasonal—such as ski equipment—or customers are simply indifferent, having moved onto the latest gadget or trend. What are the most efficient and cost effective ways to clear out last year’s inventory?
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Tips for Getting More Organized in Business

04.17.2014 – carolroth.com

carolroth“Utilize technology and organization apps to help stay organized. Scan personal documents and store in My Documents and in the cloud so you can go paperless. Use business apps such as: Camcard to upload business cards into My Contacts; Evernote Web Clipper to snip and store articles in the cloud and accessible on any device; Pocket to send content, videos etc to store and read later; & NetReceipts for filing receipts, expense reports and much more.”
~ Donna David
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Spring cleaning! 10 things you should throw out right now

04.01.2014 – today.com
today_logoWhile the temperatures outside may not be screaming that it’s springtime, it is in fact that time of year when we purge the closets, clean the clutter and welcome the peace of mind that comes from organized living. To get the party started, we asked professional organizers for their tips on what items to toss right away —or better yet, donate to an organization that can make good use of them— and here are their top 10 recommendations.
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Thoughts in storage free us

03.28.2014 – thegazette.com
thegazette_logoAmerica loves its stuff. It loves its stuff so much it spends $24 billion a year keeping it tucked away in ministorage, or, as I like to call it, burial-by-the-month.There’s nothing evil about holding on to junk we may not visit even for years on end, but there is something odd. Why can’t we let go of things that we clearly don’t care about holding, touching, kissing, using, seeing or, often enough, even remembering?

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Spring Cleaning Your Makeup Bag: Experts Give Their Best Tips

03.25.2014 – beautyhigh.com
ideamensch_logoWith the new season comes new makeup trends and the craving to buy all sorts of new products. While how much you invest in is between you and your credit card, you may also want to embrace a bit of “out with the old, in with the new” this spring. Make room for new loves by tossing the broken, old, and tired products sitting around since last season.

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Donna David – Founder of Donna David & Co.

03.12.2014 – ideamensch.com
ideamensch_logo“Every morning I set aside 15 minutes to organize my thoughts. I always ask myself what are the three new things I would like to accomplish today.” Donna David founded her personal organizing company following a successful career in the luxe realm including Burberry, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman. At Saks Donna was Vice President where she managed women’s apparel and accessories for the catalogue division.

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Success Profile: Donna David, Personal Organizer

03.04.2014 – about.com
About_LogoDonna David founded her personal organizing company, Donna David & Co., following a successful career in the luxe realm including Burberry, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman. Her eye for style and quality, as well as her distinctive manner in handling the demands of her positions sparked her passion for developing a variety of practical and easy to use organizational skills that she now customizes for a wide cross section of clients in the New York and Tri State area.

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The Morning Rituals Of 15 Highly Successful Small Business Owners

02.14.2014 – businessinsider.com

Donna David, president of Donna David Company, determines three specific things she would like to accomplish that day. David took her executive experience from Burberry and Saks Fifth Avenue and applied it to her own professional organizing business, which helps clients around New York and New Jersey de-clutter their homes, move, and clear out estates.

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Clean It Up! Why Office Clutter is Bad For Business

02.04.2014 – businessnewsdaily.com
MediaLogo_ivillageWhen you’re running a business, taking the time to get organized may seem like a luxury you simply can’t afford. You may put it off, telling yourself that you have other, more important things to get done, or that it’s too overwhelming and you don’t know where to begin. But working in and around clutter could be hurting your business more than you realize.

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19 Things We Wish We’d Known About Downsizing

01.27.2014 – ivillage.com

MediaLogo_ivillageDeciding to downsize may be the most rewarding, liberating decision a person can make. Financially speaking, it’s a real coup, saving you money with lower mortgage/rent and utility bills alone. But shedding all the stuff you’ve accumulated over a lifetime won’t come without its share of hard work and tough choices. Here are 19 things you should know before taking the plunge.
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Is Your Space As Sexy As You Are?

01.13.2014 – metro.us
MediaLogo_metroIt’s that time. The date’s going well. Really well. You’re ready to bring that guy or gal back to your apartment but the sirens go off in your head as you scramble to surreptitiously strategize straightening up while the date pours a glass of wine. That’s because you still haven’t removed that picture of your ex by your nightstand and your bathroom has one too many unmentionables lingering.
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It’s a New Year! 10 Things You Should Throw Out Right Now

01.06.2014 – ivillage.com
MediaLogo_ivillageDeclutter and gain peace of mind by purging the unnecessary stuff in your house. Nothing like the promise of a new year! While you’re still feeling motivated to tackle every resolution on your list, start by purging unnecessary stuff that not only takes up space and leads to clutter, but also seriously challenges that amazing peace of mind that comes from organized living. We asked professional organizers for their tips on what to toss right away, and here are their top 10.

12 New Year’s Resolutions to Help You Get Organized

01.06.2014 – sparefoot.com

MediaLogo_sparefootEvery time the calendar flips from one year to the next, millions of us resolve to lose weight, quit smoking or reduce debt. But have you given much thought to getting your house in order? Are you tired of staring at all of those boxes crammed with clothes you haven’t worn in 10 years or with toys your kids haven’t touched in five years?
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