10 Steps To An Organized (And FUN!) Holiday

Christmas Survival Guide

The holidays are rough.  Yes, they are filled with parties, family and friends, food and fun.  However, they are often the cause of a lot of stress.  If don't read anything else this holiday season, read this quick and easy guide to having a stress free holiday! 1.  Check your wrapping paper inventory BEFORE you sit down to wrap.  So often people sit down to wrap and have nothing OR (and ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 11-Christmas Goes to the Dogs

This is your official reminder not to forget your pets when holiday shopping.  Not only is it a great idea to get them something special for the holiday, it's important to remember to bring them in from the cold.  Don't leave them outside if it's a cold evening and don't leave them in your car while shopping. If you would be cold outside, they are too. Buying your pets presents doesn't have to ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 10-Wrap It Up

Wrapping is one of those tasks that some people love and some people hate.  Regardless of how you feel about it, wrapping is a necessary part of the holiday.  This year I want to offer you some wrapping tips to make it more bearable. 1.  Use gift bags or boxes.  Lots of stores (even discount stores) sell beautifully decorated boxes and bags that can be used over and over again.  Simply put in a ...

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 ...

Stocking Stuffer Guide

Stocking Stuffer Guide

Please note we received samples of some of these items in order to be able to write these reviews.  My opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.   Skip The Stocking Okay I don't really mean to SKIP the whole stocking...but I want you to rethink what you use as a stocking Why not use something adorable and unique like Sea Bag's Snowman Bucket Bag?  These bucket ...

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. ...

Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

Hanging Christmas lights requires a little planning and preparation. However, the effect that lights give outside your home on a cold winter night is stunning. Kids and adults love Christmas lights. Hanging them is well worth the effort. Follow these tips to make the process easy and enjoyable. The first step is to gather tools. Even if you need to head to the store, gather your tools ...