Hope Wissel

A Gift Giving Solution

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Can you believe that is just 18 days it will be Christmas?  YIKES!  How many of  you have all of your shopping done?  Is your house all decorated and ready to receive guests?

I have to admit that my tree is not up yet!  It is on my list to do but I vowed not to rush through it this year.  You know the “I have to do this so let’s get it done”.  I want to treasure the memories of each ornament as I get ready for the girls to come home for Christmas.

With that being said, we will be doing a lot of running around during the 6 days they are here.  Family and friends to visit with.  Shopping to finish up.  Grocery shopping to do.  Then the trek to my best friend’s house for Christmas Eve.  The one bag that will be with me through ALL of this is my Thirty One large utility tote.  Okay, so maybe I will have more than one…



Not only will I look organized but it makes packing the car so much easier.  I know you are probably thinking, my large utility tote doesn’t stand up like that unless it is packed full, right?


The secret is a “Stand Tall Insert“.  No, you can’t find them in the catalog.  They are on special this month for $15 with a $35 purchase.  So, if you buy a large utility tote for $35, you can get the insert for $15.  PLUS you can pick TWO, yes I said TWO more of the customer specials for a total of THREE with a $35 purchase.  No, I haven’t been sipping wine already this morning, it is the BEST monthly customer special yet!


So whether you need a large utility tote for the athlete in your family

LUT basketball

Or maybe you are a realtor that recently sold a home or know someone who is moving into a new home:

LUT welcome home

Or maybe you want to help someone be prepared for whatever storm may come their way


The Large Utility Tote is a perfect solution.  Remember that if you want to be guaranteed Christmas delivery, be sure to order by December 10th.  Save on wrapping, packing and trips to the post office by having your gift shipped direct to that special someone.  Their Thirty One gift will arrive in our special holiday wrapping:


What is your favorite use for your large utility tote?  Or who do you know that could use one of these?  Share your thoughts with us.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


Unclutter Your Life

Saturday Spotlight – Tranquil Transitions


In 1999, my aunt, Elsie, passed away.  Elsie lived in the home that my grandparents had downsized to about 20 years prior.  Both of my grandparents had since passed away.  The house wasn’t very big but there was a full basement and an attic including a cedar closet.  Elsie never really changed anything at the house.  It was full of my grandparents mementos as well as all of the things that Elsie had brought with her when she moved from her home in South Jersey.  Can you say LOTS OF STUFF?  In addition to the house, Elsie had a business.

Preparing to sell the house and cleaning out the business was a monumental task.  There was Elsie’s sister, Edythe,  who had her own business and I.  I lived in South Jersey with my 12 year old daughter, Belinda.  Belinda had school and was on the field hockey team for school.  I worked a full-time job.  Are you getting the picture of how difficult this was?

We had a sale in the store to consolidate things.  At the house, we started with the process, one room at a time.  We found LOTS of things that none of us wanted so we tossed them.  Yup, out to the curb it went – FREE to anyone who wanted it.  I mean who had time to pull things together and take them to the thrift store or have an estate sale.  Then I met this wonderful antique dealer and I found out that some (or maybe a lot) of the stuff was worth some money.  Very late in the process, he made a trip to Ocean Grove.  After 2 trips with his truck, he took many of the things off of our hands.  This was a long exhausting process.

Fast forward to hearing about Tranquil Transitions… OMG!  I wish I knew about them back then.  Here is a company overview, direct from their website:

Tranquil Transitions is a New Jersey based Relocation company committed to guiding and supporting people through all facets of relocation and we specialize with seniors and their families through the potentially stressful process of transitioning to a new environment.

Whether you’re moving to a smaller environment setting and don’t know where to begin, our Senior Relocation and Move Management Services will help organize your space from years of accumulation; deal with the difficult decisions of estate dispersal or preparing a house for sale. We are here to help now. We move with care and compassion.

I had the pleasure of meeting Annette, the owner and Julie, the office manager.  They started the company in the spring of 2002 as a result of a request from an elderly friend who needed help with her move.  They decided to apply our skills to this growing market and assist seniors by developing a comprehensive and caring approach for their relocation needs.  They are committed to immensely reducing the stress and bringing peace of mind to those in transition.

Services Include:

  • Floor Plans
  • Professional Packing & Unpacking
  • Organizing
  • Downsizing, Estate Dispersal
  • Shredding – Protect yourself against identity theft & free up more of your space
  • Moving Arrangements
  • Custom Closet Design & Installation
  • Staging – house sells faster and for more money
  • Clean Outs – We will remove all the rubbish, old furniture, appliances anything we can not sell or donate on your behalf. Your home will be more attractive, livable, enjoyable and spacious by getting rid of the items you no longer want or need.
  • Auctions – On line
  • Real Estate -SRS
  • Paper & Financial Management – separate page
  • Household Repairs
  • Prepare House for Sale – leaving in broom swept condition
  • Home Improvement
  • Painting
  • Aging In Place
  • Car Transporting

Check them out and mention this blog!  Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!