Elf Gets Organized-Day 9-Label It

So labelers aren't necessarily a holiday only item.  They are awesome for ALL year though.  However, the holidays are a great time of year to start using a label maker. I love labeling my holiday decorations in their storage units.  I label the strands of light as to where they go in my home.  I never have to guess where I hang them year after year.  I also label extra bulbs so I know what ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 8-Donate!

The holidays mean lots of food, fun, family and.....STUFF.  You know it's coming. Even if YOU practice a clutter free holiday, your relatives and friends might not get the memo. So, the stuff they buy you is coming to your house. While you can gently remind friends and family that you don't need things and that your kids would rather have a special memory with them, you're going to end up with ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 7-Stuff The Stocking

Stocking stuffers are tiny little, simply gifts right?  We used to get things like oranges and life savers in our stockings.  Now, it's a little more complicated than that.  Make stocking stuffers easy this year with our tips. First of all there are TONS of inspiration guides online.  Pinterest has loads of unique and fun stocking stuffer ideas.  Some of my personal favorites are: iTunes ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 6-Take Your Best Shot

Photos are a critical part of the holidays.  This is the perfect time of year to access, organize and finally get your photos in shape. First of all, you want to make sure your camera and equipment are in great condition for the holidays.  Do you need to buy a new battery or memory cards? This is a great time to do it. Photos make great gifts.  After all, they are unique and one of a kind. ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 5-Do The Dishes

If you use a separate set of serving or holiday dishes, now is the time to get them out.  Start running them through the dishwasher, a little bit every day with your normal loads. There is nothing worse than having to race through cleaning all the dishes at the last minute.  Doing this early also allows you to check what you have for inventory and gives you enough time to find replacements or ...

Christmas Gift Challenge

We can all get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays and end up buying way too many gifts and spending way too much money.  While I will be bringing you some gift ideas this holiday season, I challenge you to purchase mindfully.  Decide on your budget ahead of time and shop sales where you can. Shop with a list write down ideas before you head to the store.  This will ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 4-Christmas Cards

Most people don't enjoy sending out Christmas cards.  I used to LOVE writing all those addresses, stamping, sealing and so on.  Eventually, as I got busier and busier with work, getting the holiday cards ready seemed more and more like admin work to me.  I was dreading it a bit this year.  So, instead of doing it all at once like I used to, I changed my thoughts and process. I first sat ...

Clutter Free Gifts Printable (Free!)

Clutter free gifts

This year gift items that are unique, meaningful and clutter free.  What does clutter free mean?  It means that the gifts are functional or consumable.  These gifts can be used up, worn out or are good for an event or day that's out of the ordinary.  We all have lots of stuff already, why not give something meaningful and special this year?  Here are a few ideas to get you thinking outside the ...

Eight Tiny (But Meaningful) Holiday Entertaining Tips

Small but meaningful steps to prepare for the holidays

Preparing to have family over for a holiday celebration is one of the most stressful things you will do all year.  The holidays are celebrations.  However, the cooking, cleaning and entertaining that come with the holidays can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.  Even if you don't have a lot of time there are a few things you can do quickly and easily, that will make a big ...