12 Easy Tips to Get Organized for the Holidays #3

Order Early. If you plan to do any online shopping, place your orders now.   This way you won’t have to worry about delivery schedules, or paying more in shipping costs.  Some online stores even offer discounts or free shipping before the holidays.  If you're not ordering online, you can also get out and beat the crowds and get the gifts your family wants. ...

12 Easy Tips to Get Organized for the Holidays #4

Get into the holiday mood. If you need to set the holiday to start wrapping gifts and writing out cards, take out the seasonal CDs or movies and pop one in.  You’ll be surprised how quickly you are ready to tackle the holidays!  It’s also a great excuse to watch those movies you never have time for! ...

12 Easy Tips to Get Organized for the Holidays #5

Get the Kids Involved.  If you have children, get them involved in the holiday preparation.  Have them write their wish lists early (this is never a problem!).  They can also create cards, wrap gifts, or decorate the tree.  They love taking part in the holidays, and they never think it’s too early to start preparing!  With the extra time you are going to have this ...

12 Easy Tips to Get Organized for the Holidays #6

Plan your menu. If you haven't already, now is the time to get going!  Plan your holiday menu now and start stocking up on non-perishable items like baking goods, stuffing, canned goods, etc.  Think about items you can purchase now and freeze, such as pie crusts.  This will save you time running from store to store trying to find the last bag of chocolate chips. ...

12 Easy Tips to Get Organized for the Holidays #7

Get the cards done now. I know what you are thinking… Now??  The answer is yes; start doing the addressing, signing, stamping and labeling now.  Keep the cards in a basket where you sit down to watch television.  This way you can work on them little by little over the next few weeks.  You never spend too much time on any given day, and they will be ready to mail before the ...

12 Easy Tips to Get Organized for the Holidays #8

Take out the holiday dishes. Take out your holiday dishes before the big meal.  Swap your normal every day dishes for the holiday dishes.  This way they will be clean and ready to go before your holiday meals.  You'll also be able to enjoy them throughout the season.  If they are fragile, consider keeping out an everyday plate or two for the kids. ...

12 Easy Tips to Get Organized for the Holidays #11

12 Easy Tips to Get Organized for the Holidays #11 - Divide up your shopping list. Everyone has heard of divide and conquer, right?  We're going to change that a bit, and call it Divide to Conquer.  The concept is simple: make yourself responsible to purchase a certain number of gifts each week between now and the middle of December.  Remember, the more you buy now, the less you will ...

12 Easy Tips to Get Organized for the Holidays

Every year you say you are going to do it.   Get prepared before the holiday rush.  And every year, you find yourself running around the mall at the last minute when you could be home wrapping gifts or baking cookies.  It’s the perfect time of year to make your holiday fantasies come true.  This year you can be watching holiday movies while everyone else you know is at the mall.  This month we ...

Organizing Receipts

If you are gift giving this holiday season you will be bombarded with receipts.  Place an envelope in your purse, and use it for all the gifts you buy.  When you give a gift, you will know exactly where the receipt is if you need it. For an more advanced technique, create two envelopes-one for receipts of gifts and one for receipts of supplies (such as wrapping paper and cards.) This will also ...

House Guests

Many of us have houseguests during the holiday season.  Some are expected, and some are unexpected!  Either way it is important to get prepared.  If you use air mattresses, blow them up and make sure they don't leak.  Also be sure that any sheets you for guests are clean.  Take a minute to dust the guest room, and fluff the pillows and curtains. A few minutes of preparation will give you piece of ...