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Monday, November 16, 2009

Cleveland Women to Women Holiday Extravaganza

Wanted to let you know about the Women to Women Holiday Extravaganza to be held in the Cleveland area. I'll be selling my books there, so stop by to say hi! Here's the scoop:

Women to Women Holiday Extravaganza

Come and start or finish your Holiday Shopping while supporting local women in business. Free admission with a non-perishable food, paper or personal hygiene donation.

Goody bags for the first 100 people, door prizes, raffles for charity (adopt a local family for Christmas), fashion shows, fitness demos, coupon class and swap, and much more.Shop local vendors from beauty products, clothing, accessories, purses, jewelry, local artists and non profit organizations.

There will also be a gold buyer on site so bring your unwanted, broken or mismatched gold or silver including flatware and take home the cash! They will even donate 12-15% of their cash payout for the day to our charity.

We will also be collecting new pajama donations for Luna Dream Warehouse at this event so bring your PJ donations with you.

Buy a raffle ticket to win a 42" LCD flat screen HD TV.
Share the spirit of the season with us!

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom Middleburg Hts. OH 44130
Date: 11/21/2009, 10 am to 4 pm

Contact information: Karen Posner
Email: karenposner@aol.com
Phone: 216-267-7136

Obsessive Compulsive Organizing

I love HGTV and all the magazines that have made professional organizing a familiar term. I don't think, however, that we need to hold these media makeovers as our standard.

In other words, make organizing work for you. If you're happy with your level of organization, that's what is important. You're never going to be inspected by the organizing police!

There is no need to go out and buy matching baskets or drawer organizers or color-coded files unless you want to. If your organization systems are working for you, and you can find what you need when you need it, hooray for you!!

Rather than spending more money on items to organize your stuff, I am a big proponent of using what you have to facilitate organizing. Use what you love! Take those keepsakes out of the boxes and use them, enjoy them!

I have a set of keepsake canning jars commemorating America's bicentennial in 1976 which I use to hold red hots, cinnamon sticks, raisins, etc. - items that normally come in bags and are hard to store. I still have some boxes I haven't gone through from our move and I want to look at those items from the perspective of using my cherished items rather than storing them.

Speaking of which, yes, I have a couple of rooms, a couple of closets, the garage, and the storage area which are not very well organized. And I'm a professional organizer!! Oh, my!

I'm okay with that. I have other priorities right now, and I'm emotionally done with organizing our move right now. I have given myself permission not to address these right now, and you can do the same thing with areas that haven't reached the top of the priority list! I know where everything is, it's just not pretty. :)

I imagine that between now and Thanksgiving or Christmas, when we will be having guests, I'll get motivated to do some more. Having company is so motivating, isn't it?

So, if you have a messy junk drawer or your shoes are piled on the closet floor or ... whatever ... if it works for you, don't feel like you must be obsessive compulsive to make it look like HGTV or Martha Stewart - unless it refreshes your soul. Life is too short for that!

More on keeping perspective as you organize:

5-Minute Stress Relievers - Organizing and Cleaning
Organizing "Messy" Toys
Get Organized Month 2009 - Family Five Minute Challenge