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QUICK TIP: Cookbook embellishments to help you stay organized

Are there loose papers falling out of your cookbook? Do you have dog-eared pages tracking your favorite recipes? Bake up some organization by adding a large top entry envelope to collect pictures, tear-outs, and other papers. Also, glue a ribbon along the spine edge of the inside back cover. The long part of the ribbon should come out of the top of the cookbook so that you can pull it down and place it between pages and have it dangle out at the bottom.

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National Regifting Day

With so many gift exchanges happening this month, it’s likely you may receive an item or two that you don’t need or love.  A green solution is to regift the item to another person who may need it or treasure it more than you.  This does not mean passing an item that you consider to be useless or silly – this is called “clutter passing”.  The only places clutter should go is a donation bin, recycling bin, or trash bin!

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Clutter free holiday gift ideas

Here are some "clutter free" holiday gift ideas to consider this year:

Experiences – Sometimes the things that people enjoy the most are not really things. Tickets to a play, concert, sporting event make fun gifts. Also, booking an activity like a cooking class or pottery-making can be ideal for a hobbyist. Gift certificates for pampering like facials, massages and manicures are also things the recipients will likely use and appreciate.
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Keeping track of gifts received

When opening presents during birthday parties, wedding or baby showers, and the holidays, use small mailing labels to jot down the name of the giver and stick it on the gift so you can track who gave what. Being able to quickly identify the giver's name will help you organize all your thank you notes!

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Key Ring Organizer

  [caption id="attachment_1795" align="aligncenter" width="240" caption="Image from Martha Stewart Living."][/caption]   It seems like every store has a discount club or point system for shopping rewards - and it's not easy keeping all those cards in your wallet!