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 ...

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! ...

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 ...

Christmas Card Caddy

Staples Desk Organizer

So every year I'm trying to get my Christmas cards done and I sit down with a cup of hot chocolate and put a holiday DVD in.  Then I remember, I want to use a special pen.  Then, I forget to get the seals for the envelopes.  Next, it's the address labels.  I've also been known to not count my supplies ahead of time and have to place an order and wait for it to arrive before finishing this process. ...

Create Your Own Advent Calendar (It’s easier than you think!)

Advent Calendar

Celebrating the advent is an amazing way to celebrate the holiday season with your family.  It helps keep you organized, helps kids count down the days and if you lay it out in time, really keeps the season on track. I'm going to share with you some advent ideas and techniques used by a friend of mine.  She has four kids, all younger than school age!  Let's call her ...

The Last Minute

The Last Minute

Yes Christmas is literally hours away.  However if you are feeling stressed out and behind the eight ball, you CAN still have a great holiday!  Here a few tips for things you can do quickly and easily that will make a big difference.  Remember, done is better than perfect!   1.  Have your kids help out.  If you already have house guests ask them to help too with the small tasks. ...