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Valentine’s Day Decorating

I have a personal motto to celebrate everything I can. It might sound kitschy, but I love holidays. Holidays are a time of happiness, a time of gathering together and sometimes an excuse to perk up an ordinary day. I don’t believe that holidays need to be a big deal—just a recognition of the moment. Maybe it is just an excuse to decorate, play dress up and bake sweets…but I make an effort to celebrate (even if in a small way) each holiday.

The first big holiday of the New Year is Valentine’s Day. This past Valentine’s Day is an extremely special one for me. One week ago, I got engaged. My fiancé completely surprised me when he popped the question and I must admit that it was the happiest moment of my life (so far). The past week has been a whirlwind of excitement, fun and (most importantly) love.

I’m definitely feeling the love this year, and in the spirit of St. Valentine wanted to share a few pops of festive fun that I incorporated into my home this Valentine’s Day. Even though Valentine’s weekend is coming to an end, that doesn’t mean you have to collect all your decorations already—I tend to incorporate a few items of décor that can be left out all year long.

Heart-Shaped Wood Bowls from The Little Market
I have had my eye on these hand-carved bowls for some time and with Valentine’s Day approaching, I decided that this was the perfect time to place my order. I instantly loved these heart-shaped Wild Olive Wood bowls from The Little Market. The Little Market is an online marketplace of artisans around the world. I know my purchase was not only a fun one, but also one that gives back to local artisans worldwide. These bowls are perfect for small snacks or sides, or for decorating, and they can be displayed all year-around.

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Paper Heart Banner from Etsy
Last year, I ordered this red and white paper heart banner from Etsy. Etsy is a definite must for custom and unique finds. This simple banner is perfect to lay across a table, hang from a banister or in my home, drape from a mirror. The hearts are about 2 inches in height and add just the right holiday pop! Banners are a fun way to add a simple touch to your holiday décor – and as an added bonus they can most often be stored easily for years to come.


Festive Wrapping
I love wrapping presents (and not just because I’m good at folding corners and tying bows). I admit that I have rolls of wrapping paper for most holidays and celebrations – and of course ribbons and bows to coordinate. This year I wrapped a Valentine gift for my fiancé in white paper decorated with hearts, and tied the package with a cream burlap ribbon. The paper came from Home Goods and the ribbon from Michael’s Arts and Crafts – two of my favorites for crafting.


Here’s a tip: post-Valentine’s Day is the best time to pick up holiday-themed items—you will likely find many items on sale! Stock up and save them for next year!

Whether you celebrated with a special someone, a group of special someone’s or spent time solo, we hope you took this day to spread some love and feel some love! Hope you enjoyed your Valentine’s Day! xoxo

A Stress Free Holiday Starts Here

Th2014-11-25 10_26_16-2014-11-25 10_24_43-BonnieDewkett1 - Paint - Paintis week’s guest blog post comes to us from Bonnie Dewkett, a certified professional organizer who began organizing as a child, and she has been organizing ever since. Her company, The Joyful Organizer, creates and implements organizational systems for the home and office. Passionate about helping others meet their organizational goals, Bonnie loves to see the positive impact that getting organized has on people’s lives.

The holidays are rough. Yes, they are filled with parties, family and friends, food and fun. However, they are often the cause of a lot of stress. If you don’t read anything else this holiday season, read this quick and easy guide to having a stress free holiday!

1. Check your wrapping paper inventory BEFORE you sit down to wrap. So often people sit down to wrap and have nothing OR (and this is even worse!) buy lots of stuff at the store because they don’t know what they have on hand at home.

Wrapping Paper

2. Instead of hostess gifts, have your guests bring canned goods that can be donated to a local food bank. People are relieved to not have to think creatively AND you can make an impact in your community.

3. Ornament, tree, wreath and light organizers are usually only readily available BEFORE the holiday. So while you aren’t thinking about long term storage right now, pick them up throughout the year when you see them (if you need them). Not only are they specialized for the items they are designed to hold, but they are also often holiday themed so you can easily identify them in the storage areas of your home.


4. Create an emergency present bin so you are never caught empty handed. It’s even better if you buy items that you can use after if you don’t end up giving them out. Great items to include are gift cards (iTunes and Starbucks), candles, candy, cookbooks and soaps or lotions.

5. Hire a house cleaner. You are going to be shopping, planning, and cooking up a storm. Treat yourself and have someone clean the house for you. Schedule well in advance for your party or event.

6. If you can’t get around to cleaning, make sure you spend a few minutes on the front doorstep. Step outside with a broom and clean off spider webs, bugs and dust from the lights. Sweep the step and shake out the mat. It will make a great first impression.

7. If you have kids coming to your gathering or party, have an activity on hand. A movie will do, but games and art supplies may keep them entertained longer. If you really want some adult time, hire a college student home on break as a babysitter for a few hours.

8. Buy a self inking address stamp. This makes the card process go much faster. AND kids love to stamp. Set them up at a table with your pile of envelopes. Don’t try to lick all the envelopes! Use a moistened sponge or a specialized envelope moistener (yes, those exist).

9. Set a casual dress code. Everyone gets dressed up for the holidays and with all of the financial commitments and stress going around, make your party easy and comfortable with a casual dress code. OR, if you feel like having a little fun, make it a Christmas pajama party!

10. Share the cooking. Everyone wants to bring something, so let them! Have your guests bring a side dish, plate of cookies, etc. Let go a little bit and enjoy the variety! Make sure you have vegan, nut free and vegetarian options on hand. If you know guests with those dietary guidelines, ask them in advance for expertise.


Additional resources:

Download a free Gift-Buying Worksheet here.

Download a checklist for Christmas Dinner here.

Download a list of Fun Christmas Activities here.

For more information, visit The Joyful Organizer website or email info@thejoyfulorganizer.com.