The holidays inevitably bring abundance into the home. Consider buying your loved ones consumable gifts like gift cards, food, or better yet, plan an event. These types of gifts are almost always welcomed and leave no clutter behind.
If you are attending the Wine & Chocolate Festival tomorrow (11/24) at the Fairgrounds, come visit us! We are teaming up with Clever Containers and will be next to Americana Winery.
Holiday decorations can get out of hand if you buy them every year and never purge. I suggest getting some large plastic bins (one for each holiday.....ok maybe two or three for Christmas) and labeling them. Now you have a size limit on the quantity of decorations you can keep. As you pack up your Halloween decorations, let the damaged, faded, and no longer loved items go and make room for new items next year when it's time to unpack the bin. When you are purchasing decorations, remember how much room you have in your bin and that you have a size limit.
The Home Depot offers a convenient recycling program; it runs Nov. 1 - Nov. 14, 2012.
Dropping off your old incandescent lights (working or not) gets you a coupon for more energy efficient LED lights. It's a win-win!
If you have a smart phone and a spouse I highly recommend getting a grocery list app and setting it up to share. My husband and I use Grocery IQ. Whenever one of us adds something to the grocery list, the other's list is automatically synced. We also use it to share shopping lists for other stores. We have a hardware store list, a Target list, and an online list. I can't imagine what we would do without this app! Another nice feature is that you can set up a favorites list where you add all of the typical things you need each week. Then when you are out of an item, you can simply go to your favorites list and tell it to add that item to your shopping list. Grocery IQ also has coupons that you can clip.
If you checked out Grocery IQ and aren't in love with it, there are other list apps out there. I have heard favorable things about Grocery Gadget, Grocery List-Buy Me A Pie, Easy Shopping List, and Shopper (though I have never tried any of these).
Good luck and happy shopping!
Elizabeth Bremer, CPO®