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. ...

Make Your Own Joy Box

This past Christmas I received a gift of a Joy Box from a dear friend.  It's a box filled with quotes, pictures and small items that will bring you joy, anytime you need it.  This is a thoughtful gift that can be customized to anyone's personality or situation. It makes an amazing present for someone who is facing a new challenge in their life such as cancer, a new parent or a divorce.  They are ...

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 ...

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 ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 3-Cookie Goodness

Most of us bake something special during the holidays.  I bake a lot of cookies.  Then, I give them out as I see people.  I should clarify, I bake a LOT of cookies.  It takes me a day or more, I got through a ton of supplies and the outcome is trays and trays of cookies.  (It's an Italian tradition I learned from my husband's grandmother called an Italian cookie tray.) Anyway, I have learned ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 2-Grocery Shopping

Most people need to buy more groceries during the holiday season.  Even if you're not hosting a meal, you're probably having guests, kids coming home from college or maybe you're just baking.  Regardless, you're going to need more food! There are lots of sales that go on during the holidays.  They usually even start before Thanksgiving.  Think ahead about what you're going to need and want to ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 1-Cleaning

Cleaning isn't fun.  No one likes cleaning.  However, you know that you'll want to have a clean home for your friends and family this holiday season.  The first thing we want you to do is make a list of what needs to be cleaned.  This isn't meant to overwhelm you.  However, it's meant to give you an idea of the amount of time you're going to need. Next, ask yourself a few questions; Can you ...

HELL YES

I used to be a master manager of time.  And then I had a baby.  All of a sudden, I couldn't control how I was spending my time.  I couldn't sleep when I was tired, I couldn't get things done when I needed to, and I certainly couldn't predict what my days were going to look like.  All of a sudden, I had all of these tasks and commitments that were going undone and it was stressing me out, BIG ...

Gift Buying Worksheet

Gifts Printable

Staying organized and sticking to a budget this holiday season isn't always easy.  Not only do we have to balance all of our normal responsibilities, we have to shop for everyone we love AND attend parties, host feasts and decorate our homes.  No wonder you're stressed out!  Here's a printable worksheet to make your life (and budgeting) just a little bit easier. Print this whatever size you need! ...