Welcome to the Plan-and-Organize-Life.com Newsletter. I hope you enjoy getting the newsletter and that it helps to keep you on track with your organizing goals. Remember, you can get a lot done in only 10 minutes of decluttering and organizing!

Table of Contents

News – Stories in the news about getting organized
What’s New - Recent site additions
Article – The Holidays Are Coming!

Organizing News Stories

Peter Walsh (organizing guru) was on Oprah last week helping to kick off “Oprah’s Clean Up Your Messy House Tour”. He is traveling around the country with his crew, starting in New York City, helping unsuspecting people to organize their homes. If you didn’t see the episode or aren’t an Oprah fan, that’s OK. You can still visit Oprah.com to see how he helped a woman organize a kitchen cabinet in under 10 minutes. That’s just one perfect example of how much you can accomplish in a very short amount of time if you can just get started. The Oprah show and Peter Walsh will be going around the country for the next 6 months helping people. You can follow along if you’re interested. You can go check it out and even sign up for Peter’s newsletter and organizing plan. And beware… they could be knocking at YOUR door next!

Recent Additions

Here are some of the more recently added pages to the website you may have missed.

Christmas Organizing – everything you need to plan your holiday.

Declutter Your Life – decluttering more than your things, but your life in general.

Organizing Email – tips to help with managing your emails.

Organizing Closets – recommendations for organizing your closets.

The Holidays Are Coming!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the middle of November! Thanksgiving is coming fast and Christmas isn’t far behind. No matter what holidays you celebrate around this time of year... have you started planning?

What are your Thanksgiving plans? Are you traveling? Are you having guests over at your home? Have you made your menu and a shopping list of all the ingredients you’ll be needing?

What about Christmas? Have you begun your holiday shopping? At least made some lists of gift ideas? Again, are you traveling or having guests over? Do you plan to cook for Christmas Eve, or for Christmas Day? What about snack ideas?

I don’t intend to overwhelm anyone with these questions, but it’s time to at least start thinking about all of these things. Even if you’re only bringing a dish to pass at Aunt Sally’s house, plan it, buy the non-perishable ingredients the next time you shop, and be ready ahead of time. It’s so much less stressful!

Here's a true example... I sent my husband out last weekend to finish up some holiday shopping for our family. It seems early, but his comments said it all. Usually he waits ‘til the last minute, hoping to make the postal deadlines, fighting crowds, etc. The other day he came home and said he had FUN… it was the most pleasant Christmas shopping trip he’d ever been on. He had time to think and explore and simply enjoy himself. Isn’t that how things should be?

Your holiday planning doesn’t need to be extensive. Jot things down on a napkin if that works for you. But do plan. I have some general holiday planning lists that may be of help to you. They can at least be a starting point to get you going. The idea is to plan a little today and have more time for fun later!

Christmas Organizing – Information regarding a master list, holiday meal planning, gift shopping, organizing decorations post holiday, traveling tips, entertaining tips and how to create traditions and memories.

To Do Lists – Various lists to print out or use as a starting point to make your own to help you get ready for the holidays and more.

Thank you so much for reading. Enjoy your day! And until next time, happy organizing!

Tracy Greene