New Year’s Goals

I was going to write about New Year’s resolutions but instead decided to focus on New Year’s goals this time around. Some people don’t make New Year’s goals. Why do you think that is? Because they are afraid they won’t complete them? They feel guilty or inadequate if they don’t accomplish their goals? The key to goal setting is to make them achievable and be organized while working on them. Follow these simple steps and you too will achieve your goals.

Pick Realistic Goals –Aim high but not too high or you may set yourself up for a failure, or you may feel stressed trying to achieve it. Pick something that is feasible and reach for it.

 Write them down –Write down what your goals are and how you are going to achieve them. Use a planner, journal, or notebook (digital or hardcopy) as a reference so you can go back to them when needed. Don’t use scrap pieces of paper or small note pads as they easily get lost.

Order of importance –Put numbers beside your goals indicating the level of importance. Start with the most important one and work your way down.

Break it down –If your goals can be done in steps, break down the tasks into smaller chunks so it will be easier to achieve.

Schedule your tasks –Use a planner or worksheet and create schedules of when you will be starting your goals, working on them, and give yourself a deadline to complete them. Have daily, weekly or monthly tasks. Check them off as you complete them.

Reward yourself –After you have completed a goal, don’t forget to reward yourself. Do something for just you. You deserve it!

I too will be working on my goals and hopefully will achieve them in the next 3 months. I have 6 months and yearly goals too!

If you have goals of clearing the clutter from your home. Be sure to join our FREE Facebook group Organize For Success  for lots of tips and personal support. 

Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year and all the best for 2019!

(Certified Professional Organizer)

I have the best Christmas Storage products and they really help me become organized for Christmas. Having Christmas storage products makes it easier to find the items and they also protect fragile items from getting broken.

The following are a few of my favourite Christmas storage products:

1. Wreath storage container – I love this container because my wreath fits in it perfectly and it helps protect fragile items on the wreath from getting damaged. This is best to be stored up high on a shelf and although it helps to protect the wreath from damaging, I don’t store anything heavy on top of it.


2. Ornament Storage Container – This particular ornament storage container is my favourite because it is adjustable. It has adjustable dividers so you can put both large and small ornaments in it. I also like that it is made of plastic so you have a better chance of the ornaments not breaking. Also, I like that it has a see through lid so you can see the ornaments without having to open it.


3. Gift bag organizer – I love this product because it is so handy. It is a gift bag organizer but I don’t just put bags in it. I keep everything in it that I need to use to wrap a gift with the exception of wrapping paper. I love keeping my tissue paper, tape, scissors, bows and anything else I may need inside this one organizer. Another good feature about this organizer is that it is double sided, so you can keep twice as many products in this one organizer.


4. Clear plastic bins – are great for holding larger Christmas items, such as garland, candles or Christmas décor. Don’t forget to label each container by listing what is inside.


5. Wrapping paper storage container – I haven’t been able to find a picture of the one that I use, but this one below is very similar. The only major difference is the price so it may be a stronger container. I paid less than $10 for mine and bought it at The Christmas Tree Shop in Watertown.


I wasn’t able to find the same one that I bought at the Christmas Tree Shop, but they do carry the following one that may be just as useful.

Christmas Tree Shops

Using Christmas storage containers is one way that has helped me be organized for Christmas. I would love to hear which product you like best, and what Christmas storage ideas you use.

Have a wonderful holiday and all the best for the New Year xxoo
Kathy xxoo

Kathy McEwan is a Certified Professional Organizer and Owner of Second Set of Hands

The Christmas season is fun and exciting especially when you are spending time with family and friends. However, getting ready for Christmas can be stressful and time consuming. Follow these 7 tips to an Organized Christmas and you will save time, be organized and enjoy a peaceful holiday!

1. Make Room – It is a good idea to make room for the new items that will be brought in your home. Your children will be receiving Christmas presents so take time to go through their toys to see if any items are not being used. If there are items that they have stopped playing with or outgrown, now is a good time to donate or sell those items.

2. Schedule important dates – Take out your planner and schedule important tasks and activities. For example – What day would you like to have all your Christmas shopping done by or bake your cookies for the cookie exchange? Start your shopping early. Schedule your dinner parties and family activities. Check your calendar each week and pick up any items that you need for the week or the following week.

3. Wrap your presents as soon as you get them – Wrapping right away will help prevent little ones from seeing their presents, and also saves you from doing last minutes wrapping on Christmas Eve.

4. Organize your home – Declutter and organize your home so you will feel relaxed and calm for the holidays. Do 30 mins a day and focus on completing smaller tasks each day rather than stressing about the whole house.

5. Prepare your Christmas Cards – Go through your cards to make sure you have enough. Go through your list and make sure all addresses are up to date. Mail them out at least a couple weeks before Christmas.

6. Stock up on batteries – Many toys, hand held video players, and other presents will require batteries. Stock up now and you will be prepared for Christmas day.

7. Be prepared for the unexpected– Stock up on small gifts for those days when you need one unexpectedly. It will save you from having to run out at the last minute to get one. Have them wrapped and ready to go. Ex. chocolates or candles

Once you are all organized for the holidays, relax and enjoy your time with family and friends.

I would love to hear which tip was your favourite, and if you have tips to share, please post them. I would love to hear your ideas too!

Happy Holidays,