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“Yes, Virginia, there is an Organizing Santa Claus.”

Whether you believe in Santa Claus or not, when you’re shopping for gifts for Christmas, you probably question, what do you get the person who has everything – I mean everything because they never get rid of anything! Why not become an Organizing Santa Claus and give the gift of organizing and you will probably hear the recipient sing “The Twelve Days of Organizing.” Never heard of that song? Here are the lyrics, song to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Enjoy!

On the 1st day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Organized files on my PC

On the 2nd day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 3rd day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 4th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 5th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 6th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 7th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 8th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 9th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Nine desk accessories, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 10th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Ten daily planners,  Nine desk accessories, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 11th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Eleven laundry hampers,  Ten daily planners,  Nine desk accessories, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 12th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Twelve storage drawers,  Eleven laundry hampers,  Ten daily planners,  Nine desk accessories, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC.

Written by Delores Holland, November 2012

 

The Animal House Series, Article 1 – What’s Hogging Your Closet?

 Article 1 in a Series of 3

(Are those…   canned goods…  in your closet?!!!)

    After leaving my job in Washington, DC, I returned home to stay with my Mom until I could find a place to live in Nashville, TN. With time on my hand, I did the thing that was most natural for me. I found tasks to keep me busy and to “earn my keep” while my Mom was at work. Although semi-retired, she still runs her own housecleaning business.

I opened my Mom’s clothing closet, and not to my surprise, I found stockpiled can goods and staples. I wasn’t surprised because my Mom is from the Depression era and she always stockpiled food during my childhood.

After sorting the food items, I put quite a few rusted, expired cans and a couple of old bags of rice and macaroni in a  box and placed them on her back porch  (to assure her they were expired before I threw them away). I then organized her kitchen cabinets placing the food items from her closet into them. When she came home, I showed her my work. She politely said she knew she probably had a lot of expired food, that some had been given to her and some she just forgot about.  She wasn’t quite sure if she liked the newly arranged cabinets but thought she could live with the change. However, I think she wanted permission from someone else that it was okay to let go of some things people give you.

Change doesn’t come easy for many of us. Lesson learned for me–always ask before proceeding to make changes to someone’s home, even if I do have good intentions and even if it is my own mother!  Let me assure you, as a professional organizer, I will work with you and will never intrude into your space to discard anything or make any changes without your permission. I hope she’ll let me organize that closet soon.

We all know that food products have an expiration date. However, if we’re keeping food in our closets, or places other than our pantries, and don’t use before expiration, we’re wasting money, space, and  a possible health risk if we eat expired food, according to WebMD. You can get more information on food product dating from USDA Fact Sheets: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Factsheets/Food_Product_dating/index.asp. Whether we stockpile food because we grew up in a less prosperous time, or because we feel obligated to keep what others have given us, letting go or using food items before expiration can be a weight off our shoulders. In fact, it may feel a bit like hog heaven!

Click here to download a free printable Grocery List!