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Nov 6, 2013

Enjoying Christmas – November is Here

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November is here. We are approaching the end of the year and as we know Christmas is just around the corner. Deadlines What is amazing is, at this time of year, we start to put deadlines on ourselves. For some reason, many tasks, projects and plans have to be completed by the end of the year. These deadlines can create an increase in stress and tension that can leave us exhausted before we even get to the end of the year. Take a moment to think about what your true deadlines are. That can bring things back into perspective for some people, not everyone of course. Are there any of these goals that you want to complete by Christmas that you could perhaps move the completion date to mid-January? If so, then...
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Oct 30, 2013

Christmas Planning – Family and Friends

Our aim is for this Christmas to be magical and enjoyable. That means it all comes down to the planning. The next few weeks will be tips to help you be organised this Christmas. Book in babysitters for the Christmas season early Be mindful of the family and friends around you this festive season Is anyone alone that you could spend time with Be flexible and understanding this time of year
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Oct 30, 2013

Enjoying Christmas – Christmas Day

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It is time to think about Christmas catch up with the family. There are so many versions of “family” in this modern era that Christmas Day can involve more co-ordination than a military mission. So take time now to get the conversation started about where Christmas breakfast, lunch and dinner will be held. Who will be there? What to bring? How does that work in with everyone’s extended family? Then of course Christmas planning has to consider some family issues (or problems) like Uncle George’s drinking problem. Maybe have a brunch rather than a dinner where fresh juice and tea and coffee and the drinks on the menu. If one of your relatives is negative, perhaps this year give everyone a card that has a conversation starter on it. Making sure...
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Oct 23, 2013

Christmas Planning – Clutter Free Gifts

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Our aim is for this Christmas to be magical and enjoyable. That means it all comes down to the planning. The next few weeks will be tips to help you be organised this Christmas. This week our focus is on Clutter-Free Gifts. We have a habit of giving physical gifts that can be touched. However, it is time to think differently. Let’s buy experiences and memories rather than clutter. Ideas can include taking people out, for example, to a beautiful restaurant that they would never take themselves to. Take kids out for the day with their cousins. It isn’t about the costs, it is about the experience.
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Oct 23, 2013

Enjoying Christmas – Clutter-Free Shopping

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I am big on reducing clutter as many of my newsletter community would be aware of. It seems that we are drowning in clutter. Our children have too many toys, we have too many things. Did you know that we live in bigger houses with less people and we are still overflowing? I mentioned about clutter-free shopping a couple of weeks ago. I would love it if we could focus on giving memories and experiences rather than clutter this Christmas. The thing about always giving tactile (or physical) gifts is that we have to store them. Many attendees at my “DeClutter and Take Back Control” Workshops talk about how they can’t get rid of (insert item here) because it was a gift. I honestly believe that when we give a gift, we...
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Oct 16, 2013

Christmas Planning – Christmas Cards

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Our aim is for this Christmas to be magical and enjoyable. That means it all comes down to the planning. The next few weeks will be tips to help you be organised this Christmas. This week, our focus is on Christmas Cards. Will you be sending cards this Christmas? If so, now is the time to think about what type of cards – handmade, shop-purchased, charity. Make a list of everyone you will be sending cards to Get their addresses Break the task down and just write a few cards a day  
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Oct 16, 2013

Enjoying Christmas – Your Calendar

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For some reason, there are so many people we need to catch up with at the end of the year. Why we have this logic, I don’t know. It is something that seems to be part of the festive season traditions that have been established. Take some time this week to think about who you want to spend your time with in the lead up to Christmas. Then make the calls (emails or SMS) to book the dates, preferably in October and November rather than cramming it all into December. You will find that catching up with your friends earlier means you are all more relaxed and can enjoy the occasion. You are not overloading yourself with too much food and will actually enjoy the catch up. Some other considerations for your...
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Oct 9, 2013

Christmas Planning – Gifts

Our aim is for this Christmas to be magical and enjoyable. That means it all comes down to the planning. The next few weeks will be tips to help you be organised this Christmas. It is time to think about the gifts you are giving at Christmas. Gifts to make Present box Budget Gift ideas planning Stocking stuffers
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Oct 9, 2013

Enjoying Christmas – Gifts

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Gifts are a big part of Christmas for many families, although not so much for others. There is no right or wrong; however, this article will focus on elements of gift giving. If you are crafty and you like to make your Christmas gifts, now is the time to start thinking about what you are going to make, the materials you need and start shopping for them. Some gifts may have to be made closer to the gift giving date; however, for the other gifts, it may be wise to start making them now. Many people set a budget for their Christmas spending. If you do, then it is time to plan what your Christmas budget is going to be. There are a number of ways to set a Christmas budget....
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Oct 2, 2013

Christmas Planning – Get Organised for Christmas

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Our aim is for this Christmas to be magical and enjoyable. That means it all comes down to the planning. The next few weeks will be tips to help you be organised this Christmas. Start with the end in mind – develop your vision for Christmas this year. Think about your holiday plans after Christmas. Book hair and nails appointments Book any house appointments – carpets and curtains cleaned
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