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27 Clutter Free Mother’s Day Gifts

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Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday.  It is one of the most commercial holidays in the United States. Lots of cards and gifts are given on this day to honor our mothers.

If you haven’t bought a gift yet this list will give you some ideas that she’ll appreciate. And the best part is they clutter free or mostly clutter free.  There are also many that cost little or no money at all.

Clutter Free Gift Ideas

Give Clutter Free Gifts

Christmas treeOver the years I have written several blog posts with ideas for clutter free or almost clutter free gifts for Hanukkah and Christmas.  Since my  mother and mother-in-law had mentioned years ago that they didn’t need or want  more things to fill their homes I’ve done plenty of research to come up with different ideas.

When my mother was moved to a nursing home in 2014 and we had to go through her entire house to sell it, I was glad she told us not to get her more “things”.  She did not have a lot of clutter laying around but there was still plenty of stuff to go through in a her three bedroom home. She has since passed away but I still have some things to go through. …

Back to School Help

It’s that time of year again!  The school buses are rolling again or will be soon.

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So I did a little research to find you a lot of helpful back to school tips.  Since I’ve been writing this blog (and the old Organize By The Month blog) for seven years now I figured a good place to start was with the old posts.

I found  a lot of helpful information plus many links to other sites and articles. Unfortunately there were several links that were no longer working.

So I reviewed all the posts listed below and either updated or deleted any links that were not working.  If however, you find a broken link please let me know.  I’ll fix it as soon as possible.

Anyway, I hope the tips in the posts below will help you and your children start off the school year on the right track.  That will help the whole year be more successful. …

Back To School Sales, Oh My!

It’s hard to ignore all the ads on TV, internet, and radio about all those wonderful school supplies every child needs to succeed.  Of course we aren’t fooled by all the hype the advertizing agencies throw at us.  Yet, we do want to make sure our children have every advantage possible to get the best education they can.

It’s easy to just go to the store and purchase all the items we think our children need or they think they need.  But if you have students well into elementary, middle, or secondary grades you probably have unused school supplies still sitting on the shelves.  The reason for this may be:

  1. You bought way too many items because of the great price.
  2. You or your children bought into the hype and purchased items they never used.
  3. You wanted to make sure your students didn’t run out of supplies causing a last minute run to the store.

Another source of leftover supplies is when you and your children are lured into wanting all their notebooks, backpacks, pencils, and lunch boxes with the current “fads” on them.  There is nothing wrong with buying some of these.  After all it is important that our children are enthusiastic about going to school.  The problem comes in when leftover supplies with last year’s fad is this year’s “dud”.  It could sit on your shelf forever!

If you’ve had this problem in the past there is an easy solution.  Buy only a few things with this year’s “fad” knowing the child may not use it next year.  If your budget is tight try to stay neutral with the more expensive items such as backpacks, lunch boxes/bags, zippered notebooks, etc.  Start out the new school year with one or two fad notebooks and/or other supplies. Stock up on the basic ones to be used later in the year.

As children grow older the required school supplies will change.  If you have a lot of unused and outgrown leftover supplies on the shelf consider donating these to a local charity that collects new supplies for underprivileged children.  It always feels good to help all children start off the school year right. After all, they are the future!

For more information on preparing for back to school check out these sites.

http://family.disney.com/back-to-school

http://childcare.about.com/od/behaviors/bb/backtoschool.htm

http://organizedhome.com/seasonal-spin/back-to-school-tips-get-organized

If you have any unique ways in which you shop for school supplies please share them in the comment section.

Thanks,

Janice