February 7, 2008

CONTACT: Karen Sencich, Professional Organizer
Phone:   905-452-7008
Cell:      416-930-3340


BRAMPTON, Ontario - February 7, 2008 - The raging debate over the Ontario government's newly legislated Family Day holiday on February 18, 2008 has left many families questioning whether they deserve time off, or indeed, get the time off that they deserve.  

Some employers aren't happy and are refusing to honour the holiday since they already grant employees more than the standard nine holidays. Others are griping about the loss of employee productivity during downtime.

Professional Organizer Karen Sencich offers practical strategies for making the most of this refreshing mid-winter opportunity to focus on family related activities. She points out that this holiday is unspoiled by greeting card displays, gift exchanges or fancy dinner preparations so it's important not to set expectations too high or establish elaborate precedents for next year.

To maximize this new employee benefit, it's advisable to report back to work on Tuesday noticeably refreshed after a chance to unwind. Try to avoid spending the holiday crossing obligations from your To Do list.

The key to enjoying the day is to keep activities simple. Sencich recommends beginning by asking yourself, "when was the last time I had a day off to indulge in something I've always wanted to do but seldom have time to enjoy?"

Focus on Family

  1. Set a completely different tone to make the day memorable. Make it backwards day where the children get to boss the parents around for the day or eat dessert before dinner.
  2. Stay in PJs and read novels all day or leisurely flip through magazines.
  3. Explore the origin of your family or create a family tree.
  4. Tell stories about the special achievements of family members past and present.
  5. Reminisce by flipping through old photos, home videos or ancient 8 millimeter films.
  6. Take turns pampering each other with a manicure, pedicure, facial or a massage.
  7. Haul out the board games and pass on old fashioned fun to the younger generation.
  8. Bake something just for the joy of eating it afterwards. Comfort food is so relaxing.
  9. Start a new hobby - learn to knit, do a puzzle or try Suduko for the first time.
  10. Call a far off friend just to chat.

Karen Sencich, owner of Havoc to Harmony, is an award winning Professional Organizer specializing in family management since 1999. Her "tackle it now" motivational tips enable clients to easily implement her simple strategies to overcome organizing obstacles at home, work and school.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please call 416-930-3340.







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Hints for Handling Your Gift List

How do you handle your holiday wish lists? Sometimes the simplest hints are the best. For years I have been using the same easy to implement method.

  • I purchase the tiniest address book I can find and assign one page for each person on my guest list.
  • I record their sizes, colour and style preferences.
  • I include family members, friends, hairdresser and all service providers.
  • I keep the list inside my wallet so it can quickly and easily be updated.
  • Information for stocking gifts is also recorded.
  • I can frequently review what I have purchased to keep my budget on track.
  • As I wrap gifts I check them off!
  • If certain gifts need to be hidden I record where they were put.
  • I also list ideas and purchases of hostess gifts to keep on hand.

There are many benefits to this system. It is lightweight and portable, but most importantly since I keep the lists year after year, it helps me to prevent repeating gift ideas. Who wants to get a sweater or tie year after year?


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