Cut the Clutter – Be Smart About Gift-Giving This Season

Cut the Clutter – Be Smart About Gift-Giving This Season

- in Home & Garden, November/December 2016

We all have friends or relatives on our gift-giving list who are not looking at toy catalogs or the latest kitchen gadget. They are the dear individuals who are gracefully enjoying life and aging in place (code words for those over 60).


• In-home spa service of a facial, massage or mani/pedi

• One month of pet walking twice a week

• Car detailing

• Gourmet dinner prepared by a chef in the home for friends or family

• Fruit of the month club

• Two months of house cleaning — an awesome gift to free up time

• Personal shopper for groceries

• Consultation with a home designer

Many of these gift ideas are readily available in Northeast Ohio. Most businesses will provide a gift certificate or card that explains the details of the gift.


While it’s tempting to give a gift of the services of a professional decluttering and reorganizing company, pause and reconsider.

After the holidays, if you want to address a loved one’s clutter situation, consider what worked for one family and their grandmother who was overrun with too many odds and ends that were difficult for her to part with.

All of the children and grandchildren came over, and the grandmother had each person use small Post-It notes to identify items they wanted after she passed away. The grandmother was able to decide what to pack away to give to charity, friends and others.

The day provided an opportunity for the grandmother to spend time with family, recall memories and ensure that her cherished items would go to family members after her death.


About the author

Laura Mineff is a local designer, contractor, lifestyle consultant and president of Array-Design Studio & Gifts. Laura Mineff is founder of Environmental Well Being of Aging. For help finding the resources mentioned above, call 216-905-3169. EWBOA members offer these and many other services to help with gift-giving

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