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How will you spend your holidays?
Twenty-five years ago when told my husband I was applying for a job at a Catholic college, he wondered whether they would hire me since I wasn't Catholic. I ended up working at Alvernia College (now University) for 24 years and during that time my workplace became my congregation. We were always collecting money, food, clothing or turkeys for a variety of causes and we made a difference in the lives of many people on an almost daily basis. I also enjoyed the solemnity of mass and we held special services to commemorate various events.
So why am I telling you this? Because when I left Alvernia, there was a void in my life that my current church wasn't filling so I decided my community would become my church. I decided to choose a few charitable organizations to commit time to in order to fill that void. When you're a volunteer, it's a win-win situation. You get all the good stuff and none of the politics.
As I get older, I realize that my time is precious – as is everyone else's – and it shouldn't be wasted on pursuits that don't feed my soul. Time management is a critical part of being organized and setting boundaries is how we choose the pursuits that we enjoy instead of saying yes to everything we are asked to be a part of regardless of whether it feeds our soul or not – it's how we take back our lives and make them our own.
As the holidays approach, set your boundaries and organize your holidays around how you want to spend them: send holiday cards if you want to, have that big annual party if you want to, and give memories instead of stuff if you want to. Support your favorite charities and the clients they serve so everyone can have a happy holiday. When you give to others, you enjoy the holidays even more and celebrate the reason for the season. See my website for Clutter-free Gift-giving Ideas and Simplifying the Holidays. Happy Holidays from The Clutter Crew!
posted on: 11/26/2011 2:30:00 PM by Vali Heist
category: General Organizing Tips
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Vali Heist is a Certified Professional Organizer, the owner of The Clutter Crew for homeowners, and a Certified GO System Trainer for businesses. She is the author of "Organize This! Practical Tips, Green Ideas, and Ruminations about your CRAP. CRAP stands for Clutter that Robs Anyone of Pleasure! She writes a monthly column for the Reading Eagle called "Organize This!". Vali's bachelor's degree is in Business Administration from Shippensburg University and her Master's Degree is in Higher Education from Kutztown University. Vali has an extensive background of 24 years in Higher Education including training, administration, project management, writing, and editorial production. Her passion has always been organization and how it relates to the simplification of work and personal life in order to enjoy both to the fullest. Her ultimate goal is to continue finding simple, easy to implement ideas that work in the real world and pass them on to her clients.