Our Clutter Free Gift Guide As Seen On 6abc

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Holiday Organization, Media

‘Tis the season!  

There’s a reason that it’s called the Spirit of Giving, it makes us feel good to spread joy to others. Yet somewhere along the way the tables turned, and the season of giving became a pressure-filled month of Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday deals where we end up buying more stuff that we don’t need.

I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t give or receive presents. Who doesn’t like unwrapping a gift, or watching the look of excitement on someone’s face when you surprise them with something they weren’t expecting?!

This year I decided to make a clutter-free gift guide filled with ideas for the whole family. Last week, I shared some of my tips with Alicia Vitarelli, from 6abcactionnews.  You can check out the segment here:

1. Experiences:  Who doesn’t love tickets to a show, concert or sporting event?  This is a not only a great gift, but a wonderful bonding experience and a chance to make lasting memories. 

2. Classes: Ever want to learn how to play an instrument? Take a cooking class or learn how to Tango?  Sometimes our “bucket list” items take a back seat to everyday life, so why not gift your loved one something they’ve always wanted to try!

3. Memberships:  This is a great one for kids.  Think zoo, aquarium, or museum.  Think of all those winter weekends when you are trapped inside and looking for something to do?  Ongoing memberships are the gift that keeps on giving all through the year!

4. Self Care: Spa treatments, personal training or even a professional organizer (hint! hint!) are a few examples of luxury items that we would love to indulge, but time, money and guilt often stand in the way.  Why not use the holidays as an excuse to splurge your loved ones.

5. Subscription Services:  Everywhere you turn these days there is another subscription service on the market, why not give the gift that keeps on giving month after month? Who wouldn’t love getting fresh flowers each month, a free meal delivery service, or a 3 month subscription to a wine club.

6. Digital Gifts: There’s no mistaking we live in a digital age. From kids to grandparents, everyone has a device (or two). From phones, to ipads, to laptops we use our devices for more than phone calls and checking email.  Netflix, Audible, Kindle or eReader subscriptions to magazine or newspapers are wonderful gifts for the tech lover in your world.

7. Gift Cards: Think gas cards, a gift certificate to getting your car detailed, a pack of movie tickets or a starbuck’s gift card (my 17 year old would love that!)

8. Service Gifts:  We are all busy with our daily lives and sadly our weekends are far from relaxing. Don’t underestimate the value of a cleaning service, lawn care service, or snow removal service.

9. The Gift of Time: In this hectic world we live in, uninterrupted time is priceless. Don’t underestimate the value of an afternoon lunch date, a trip to the park, or a bike ride.

10. The Gift of Giving: Donating money to a charity, or gently used items to those who are less fortunate, is a great way for you to give to others in need. We recently partnered with Second Chance Toys, and organization that donates gently used toys to inner city programs. Not only does this help others, but allows you to declutter your house for  a great cause!

Whatever gifts you give or receive, always remember the real meaning of the season.  





P.S.  If you are looking for a last minute stocking stuffer, consider picking up a copy of my new book, HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized. A portion of all book sales each month are donated to charity. This month we are donating to The St. Baldrick’s Foundation which provides much needed funding for Pediatric Cancer Research.

Episode 051: The Coolest Holiday Gifts for 2017 with Special Guest, Kristen Chase

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in Holiday Organization, Podcast

Episode 047: Fall Frenzy!

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in Holiday Organization, Podcast

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Clutter-Free Father’s Day Gifts

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Favorite Products, Holiday Organization

On this weeks podcast, Erika and I chatted about clutter-free Father’s Day gifts. Below are links to our top 5 favorites.  If you haven’t listened to the episode, here it is!



1. Compartment Valet :  Why it made the list: a great catch-all for loose change, keys, cufflinks or collar stays. You can also have it personalized with a special message to the dad in your life. Starting at $55 available at uncommongoods.com




2. Trunk Organizer Why it made the list: Whether commuting to work, or dropping the kids at soccer practice, a trunk organizer is a must-have for anyone who spends a decent amount of time in the car. Put your personal touch on it by filling it with some of your dad’s favorite goodies. Starting at $15.99 available at amazon.com



3. Tile: Why it made the list: The perfect gift for the techy dad who is always misplacing things. Click here to find out how it works. Starting at $25 available at thetileapp.com




4. Google Home: Why it made the list: It’s basically like having a Google Assistant you can talk to. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things–even have it add items to your grocery list for you!  Starting at $109 available in a variety of stores including Target, Best Buy, and the Google Store.



5. Gift Certificates: Why they made the list: Treat your dad to something he wouldn’t normally do for himself. Choose anything from golf lessons, to learning how to play the drums. Maybe consider taking a household chore off his to-do list, and get him a month of landscaping services, or a room renovation with a professional organizer :).


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