How a Concierge Can Help You Have the Best Christmas Ever!

I’m Dreaming of a Monogram Christmas

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” – Hamilton Wright Mabie

Christmas is a funny thing. No matter how aged or bittered the mind, it’s somehow softened by this season of the year. It’s a magical time that awakens the child in all of us. 

And this year, Christmas is a necessity. With the year we’ve had thus far, the world could use a little more love, a little more child-like wonder. The coming season provides us with an opportunity to end 2020 gracefully. Decorated cookies, twinkling lights, carols, and a spirit of giving may not be a cure-all to the past year’s ailments, but they certainly can’t hurt.

So how can you have the best, most peaceful holiday season ever?  Hire a personal concierge! Here are just a few of the ways a personal concierge can help make this Christmas a befitting close-out to 2020:

Decorating

Getting the decorations up is one of the most exciting heralds of the holidays, but it can be quite tedious to unearth all the boxes from storage, open and unwrap precious ornaments and family keepsakes, clean ornaments, and update seasonal holiday décor.  A personal concierge can successfully manage all those tasks on your behalf!

Don’t forget the tree either!  From the tree skirt to the last festive bauble at the tip of the tree, a personal concierge can make the process of getting the tree up (or taking it down, post-season) an easy and efficient process.  Whether you’re a stickler for an authentic live tree, or you prefer the convenience of synthetic branches, your personal concierge will make sure it gets decorated in all its glittering glory.

Gifts

While certainly not the focus of this season, gift-giving is undoubtedly an important and fun part of the experience. Boy, oh boy, is there a lot to it!  There’s the list-making, the online research, the local shopping, the wrapping…you know the drill!  A personal concierge can help at every step!  We love to shop, to source boxes, gift wrap & tape, to spend a few extra minutes getting that hard-to-wrap gift to look amazing – heck, we don’t even mind standing in line at the post office or managing holiday traffic!   

Need a place to hide your gifts?  Rather than dump them in a closet and hope they aren’t discovered, why not entrust them to us? We can safekeep them at our office and deliver them to you (or directly to the recipient!) when the time is right.

Cleaning

Cleaning:  it’s a pesky task, indeed, but necessary nonetheless. To accommodate guests and family (even grouchy ol’ Uncle Herman!), you’ll want a clean home now more than ever. Your personal concierge can easily take care of that for you. From preparing the guest room, to clearing unwanted clutter, to cleaning out the fridge to make room for all those holiday leftovers, your personal concierge will ensure that your home is neat, organized, and ready to go for the season!

Event Planning

One of the more stressful chores of the season is handling all the different events that will be transpiring. Save yourself the headache!  Allow your personal concierge to plan your holiday events!  From a simple family get together to an elaborate formal dinner party, your personal concierge will make sure that everything is arranged!  All you’ll have to worry about is getting another glass of Christmas punch!

Crunch Time

As the weeks go by and Christmas draws nearer, every errand, no matter how small, will appear daunting. No need to fret!  Give your personal concierge your list and let her manage the details.  Forget a gift?  Call your concierge.  Need something picked up across town?  Call your concierge.  It’s the middle of the Christmas season and the dog needs to go to the vet?  Call your concierge.  You’ve got guests coming over…unexpectedly…tonight!  Call your concierge.  It’s crunch time – your personal concierge’s favorite time of year!

Mindfulness

Remember to take care of yourself. The holiday season needn’t be a stressful time.  Be careful of over-extending and be mindful that it’s okay to say “no, thank you” to invitations and opportunities that don’t hold value for you.  Enjoy time with friends and family and take pleasure in the joys of the season!  As you celebrate this wonderful holiday season, remember to exercise caution and celebrate responsibly. For tips on how best to enjoy the holiday in the context of COVID, please follow this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html

Wishing you the happiest of holidays! Call Monogram Concierge today for all your concierge needs, (864) 283-6770 or contact us via email.

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The Benefits of Organizing Your Home Before the Holiday Season

Fall is here and we may have only just set out the jack-o-lanterns, but already it’s nearly time to start decking the halls! 

The holidays are approaching, and although three months may seem like a long time, it is three months full of festivities that will make the time fly. Before you know it, it will be December and you won’t even have started your Holiday season shopping! The holidays are a time for laughter, family tradition, wonder, and enjoyment. If you’re not careful, it can also become the most chaotic and stressful time of the year! There will be decorations to put out, flights to book, guests to prepare for, meals to cook; it certainly is one of the busiest times of the year.  

Allow us to impart some suggestions that can keep the holidays stress-free.  

It’s time to purge! 

We’ve already established that there are a mountain of things to do in anticipation of the holidays.  Starting off with a clutter-free home will better prepare you for the oncoming hustle and bustle. It will give you the perfect launching ground for completing your holiday to-do list as well as provide you a clean slate, both physically and mentally.  

Throughout the year, we tend to accumulate a lot of…well…stuff. This is especially true during the Holiday season. The house gets littered with boxes and wrapping materials, the kids’ new toys overflow from just about everywhere, large family gatherings generate large messes, and there’s just no time to clean! 

If, however, you take the time to organize and downsize before the holidays even arrive, you will have the extra space needed to accommodate new gifts, and there will be less to clean, which means more time to just enjoy yourself. Not only that, but decorating will be far easier if the shelves are already empty! 

Apart from all that, you will just have some more breathing room. Having a cluttered house is stressful and the holidays are stressful. Combining the two can be too much to handle! It’s simple but having a clean home will truly improve your mental state and allow you to better enjoy the festivities and the company of your loved ones. 

But where to begin? De-cluttering your home is never a bad idea, but it can be quite time consuming and tedious. As such, it is an often actively avoided chore. But if you go about it the right way, you can manage to complete the task as painlessly as possible. And the rewards will be well worth it! 

1. To begin, draft a plan.

Visualize what you want your house to look like and write up some steps to get you to that point. Even if you don’t really use the plan much while you are working, the act of making it helps to get you in the right headspace.  

And understand that this is not a simple project that can be completed in one afternoon. If you make that mistake, you will be setting yourself up for failure. It will take more time than you think and it may be more emotional than you realize. And if that is what you are afraid of, then simply take your time. If you are having a hard time letting something go, allow yourself to reminisce and feel the emotion; perhaps even take a picture of the item so that you will always have a way to remember it. 

2. Divide the project into bite-size pieces

Try to tackle small pieces of the project even if it’s just 30 minutes a day. This will ensure that you don’t overwhelm yourself and become disheartened into giving up.  

When sorting items, ask yourself: 

  • Does anyone use it regularly?
  • Is it broken?
  • Does anyone want it?
  • Can it be thrown away immediately? 

These basic questions will be a huge help in the process of getting rid of things. 

3. Try to avoid adding more storage

Try to avoid things like buying more bins and shelves. In the end, this will just take up even more space. Focus instead on reclaiming the storage space you already have. Remember, the goal is to reduce, not to expand. 

4. Don’t get too carried away

Don’t get carried away in arbitrarily throwing things away. It can be extremely difficult for some people to let things go. This is especially true for children, who will be very reluctant to part with any of their toys. The holidays are exciting for children and they know that they will be receiving new toys in the near future so they may be more receptive to letting go of some of their old ones. 

Furthermore, you can take this time and create a learning opportunity. By sorting through things with your children, you can impart to them the message that happiness is not contingent upon material possessions. And what better time for that message than the Holiday season? 

5. Now, what to do with all of this stuff?

There are a few options; if the items are in decent condition, they could be sold and the money could help relieve some of the financial burden of buying gifts. If, however, you are not in need of the money, consider instead donating the items to charity so that they can bring joy to others. As for the items that are in poor condition, they can be thrown away and/or recycled.  

Preparing for the holidays need not be a time full of headaches and anxiety. With a little preemptive thinking, this Holiday season can be the best one yet! And if you still have doubts, give your personal concierge a call! Whether it’s helping to create a plan, assisting with the sorting of items, or the disposal/donation/selling of items, we are happy to help!

Call us today for all your concierge needs, (864) 283-6770 or contact us via email. We are here for you! 

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