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Before I became a professional organizer, before I became a mother, I was a store manager for Toys R Us. Back then, I wouldn't have had time to write this, because during the weeks before Christmas the managers worked 80-hour weeks.  The Saturday before Christmas each year was the biggest sales day of the year.  My store always was the highest sales-volume store in the region, and it wasn't unusual for us to sell $100,000 worth of toys on that Super Saturday.  (That was a lot of money 30-some years ago.)
I thought about my store - and about the thousands of panicked parents yesterday, as I watched the unusual December snowstorm bring the mid-Atlantic states to a grinding halt.  The malls were empty in the morning, and most closed completely by the afternoon.  What?  No shopping on Super Saturday?  Uh-oh.
Maybe not.  As disruptive as a snow storm can be, it can also give us the opportunity to pause and savor the moment.  For many families, the holidays are just too cluttered with extra stuff and extra time commitments.  We view taking a day "off" to relax and enjoy the quiet as a luxury that we can't afford.  As a blanket of snow changes the appearance of the landscape, it can also change our perspective, if we allow it to do so.  We could look at a snowy Super Saturday as a missed opportunity for crossing things off of our to-do list.  Or we could look at it as an opportunity to re-prioritize that list, and to cross of some things that really don't matter as much as we thought they did.  The memories of what we did during the unusual pre-Christmas snow storm will long outlast the memories of the presents that we weren't able to buy.
         Whatever the weather in your hometown, take some time to create some lasting memories.
         Re-prioritize the remaining tasks on your Christmas list and eliminate some of them.
         Have a Merry Christmas!

posted on: 12/20/2009 11:30:00 AM by Katherine Trezise
category: Finances

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Minimizing Financial Clutter

by Katherine Trezise

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Katherine Trezise is president of Absolutely Organized, based in Baltimore, MD. She is president-elect of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization. Katherine holds a masters degree in business administration, is a Certified Professional Organizer® and a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization®. Absolutely Organized specializes in helping people organize their homes, paperwork and financial records to make room in their lives for the things, people and activities that are most important to them.

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