Gifts


I enjoy giving gifts to the people I love. I feel that by giving something thoughtful and special, I show the person how much I care. It’s not about how much the gift costs but how much I show them that I have been observant, thoughtful, and that I love to make a smile come to their face. But this is not always an easy task.

I often just ask the person outright or ask someone in the household, “What do you think they are hoping for this year?” I will then take something from that list and add another small gift that might go along with the item. If I am lucky, I will have been with the person at some time in the past year and had that “aha” moment that points the way to the perfect gift.

Then there are gift cards. Normally I really dislike giving gift cards. Part of the reason for that is I have come across so many unused cards at clients’ homes. I think of all the money spent on these cards that is totally wasted. But for some people there are items that they love but they need to buy the items themselves. For example, my brother loves books. I have no idea what he already has or what he wants to read so a gift card to a book store is a great gift for him. I know he would totally use up that gift card and probably add some of his own money to it and come away a happy man.

My favorite gift is one that allows a person to have a wonderful experience. That lets them to something they might not otherwise do. Tickets to events, gift cards to their favorite restaurant, a season pass to a museum or botanical garden, or a promise to spend a day with them are all very special gifts.

I would love feedback on how you handle the art of gift giving.

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Summer Freedom

Summer is often a time when our schedules shift. Our expectations change. I tend to slow down in the heat. I like to lay claim to some personal freedom. I love to be able to enjoy some spontaneity but I also need to have routines to ground me.

I use routines to block out my schedule so that I can see when I can have the luxury of doing fun activities. Leaving some empty blocks on my calendar can be very exciting. I keep in mind my personal energy levels and try to schedule difficult tasks when I am at my peak. Some afternoons and evenings are better times to leave open while it is usually work as usual in the mornings.

I have a bucket list of things I would like to accomplish during the summer. I love to give a summer party. I like to have some times to have lunch dates with friends. Usually during the rest of the year, our work schedules prevent this luxury. I like to take in some outdoor concerts. I enjoy going to the Botanical Gardens. I love just sitting on the deck in the evening with my husband. I enjoy a mini-vacation or two. But I do still have to plan and schedule in order t feel great about doing these fun activities.  Life and work does go on in the summer, even if it is at a slightly different level.

I am looking forward to a wonderful summer with all the extra freedoms that good planning allows. Pardon me while I go out on my new deck for some downtime.

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer