Thursday, November 5, 2009

Clutter-free gifts: Memberships

First category in the clutter-free gift department: memberships.

Year-long memberships or passes to a cultural center, attraction or facility that your friend or family member already belongs to or frequents are a great way to help them enjoy the things they love, and all they’ll have to store is a little plastic membership card. Being a member also often entitles one to discounts in addition to the price of admission.

  • Gym, YMCA/YWCA or community pool
  • Museum or multi-museum pass if one is available
  • Zoo or aquarium
  • Amusement park like Disneyland or Six Flags
  • Water park
  • Shooting range
  • Golf course or driving range

Memberships to service clubs or stores that they might use but can’t afford to join are really useful gifts.

You could also gift a membership to a political group or charitable organization, if you know the recipient is already affiliated with or publicly endorses them.

Creative Commons photo posted to Flickr by Djenan

Lelah Baker-Rabe is a Los Angeles professional organizer. To discuss your organizing needs, call her at 818.269.6671 or email

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