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 ...

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 ...

Christmas Fun Printable

The most important part of using this printable is to determine what you want to do, and then making a PLAN to do it.  Don't just SAY you want to enjoy these activities, make the plans, add them to your calendars, do the research and make the phone calls NOW! ...

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 ...

Cooking Up Some Love

When I sat down to write this year's Valentine's Day gift guide I was drawn to one spot over and over again, the kitchen.  The kitchen is the heart of the home and cooking is such a romantic task.  We do it day after day, as a sign of love for our families.  I wanted to see if I could find a way to make it a little more special for even the busiest of weeknights, and I'm pretty darn happy with ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...