I saw this question on Facebook last week:
If you could only use three of these for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
My answers- Google, Pinterest and Amazon.
And Amazon would probably be my top pick. I’m a child of the 80s, so I could go back to using the encyclopedia to find answers (thank you, World Book) and get my recipes out of cookbooks.
But to give up my precious Amazon? And right before Christmas? The horror.
Oh, how do I love thee, Amazon? Let me count the ways.
One reason I love Amazon is because of its Wish List feature. I regularly have about six Wish Lists all year round, and I wanted to share a few ways you can use this feature to organize your life.
- Gift Wish List
Anytime you think of something you would like to have, add it to your Wish List. Then, when Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas roll around, you will be able to tell your hubby to go to Amazon to see what you’d like. And, you can add this Amazon Assistant button to any Internet browser, so you can add items to your Wish List from non-Amazon sites.
- Home Needs
I keep a running list of things I’d like to buy for our home when we have the extra money. I put everything on here, from bed linens to thermostats to baking pans.
- Mental Notes
I have a list called Mental Notes to save products that I hear about that I don’t want to forget. This may include beauty products in magazines, supplements recommended by people I follow online, or items I might want to buy in a different season (planners, Christmas shirts, outdoor products). You could also create a Shopping List for this type of item, especially if you have an Alexa device. (I don’t have an Alexa device, but wouldn’t that be fun?!)
- Child Gift Lists
This is the same idea as keeping a gift list for yourself. Throughout the year, as I think of things my daughter might like, I add them to her Gift List. Then, I always know what to say if a grandparent asks what she would like.
- Husband Gift Ideas
My husband has his own Gift Wish List, but I created a private one for him as well. I add any ideas that I think of, read about or hear him mention an interest in. We shop mainly from each other’s Wish List, but I like to get a surprise gift too.
- Books Read and Books to Read
I LOVE to read, so keeping a list of books I’d like to read is a must for me. I hear about them on podcast, get recommendations from friends and from online sources. I add them all to an Amazon Wish List, then when I go to the Library or a used bookstore, I pull up my list and go wild. I also move a couple of books to my main Gift Wish List before major holidays in case someone would like to buy me a book. This year, I was curious to know how many books I read in a year, so I created a 2017 Books Read Wish List. It has encouraged me to read more instead of watching TV, as well as told me a lot about the types of books I’m reading– fiction, personal development, biographies, etc.
- Movies to Watch
When a friend recommends a movie or you see a trailer that looks good, add it to a Movies to Watch list so you’ll know what to Redbox or Netflix the next time you have movie night.
- Price Watch List
If there are items you know you want to buy on Amazon but don’t need to buy right away, add them to a Price List. This can come in handy when Amazon has Black Friday and Black Friday in July sales, and they offer great discounts on a variety of items.
- Fundraising & Donations for Non-Profits
If you work for a non-profit, suggest creating a Wish List to give donors more options. There may be some who would rather donate items than money or who may not have cash to donate but do have gift cards.
- Wish Lists for Teachers
If you are a teacher or have teacher friends, they may want to create a Wish List for their classroom. Whether it’s their own friends or family members who like to give them things for the class or parents who would rather buy something than do a fundraiser, the teacher can add anything she needs to her Wish List.
So, am I the only one who is a fan of Amazon Wish Lists? What do you use Wish Lists for? I’d love to hear your ideas, and I hope these ideas got your wheels turning about ways you can use this feature to get better organized.