Christmas Eve Traditions

Christmas Eve

The holiday is upon us.  It's time to let all of the stress melt away and enjoy this time with your family and friends.  I wanted to give you some Christmas Even traditions that you can do, even with little to no preparation.  These are easy and fun ideas that everyone will love. Read A Christmas Story Not only does reading a Christmas story help you put the little ones to bed, it helps you ...

6 Tips To A Sparkling Clean Holiday

One of the most stressful parts of the holiday season is having guests over.  I don't mean the guests are stressful, I mean the preparation FOR the guests is stressful.  Everyone likes presenting a clean home to friends and family.  On top of wrapping, cards, decorations, AND cooking, cleaning can seem next to impossible. Enlist Assistance Enlist help.  You can hire a ...

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Gift Guide

Gift giving doesn't have to be stressful.  It's all about coming up with unique gifts that will be useful as well as loved.  Here are some of my suggestions.  Have other awesome ideas?  Tell me in the comments below. Please note I receive samples of some of these items in order to be able to write these reviews. I only bring you items I love and would gift my friends and ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 12-Relax

Day 6

So you've already been going a million miles an hour and the holiday season is flying by you.  This is your official reminder, from The Joyful Organizer and Elf on the Shelf, to take some time for you.  Relax and have a cup of peppermint mocha.  Meet a friend to chat about your year or go for a manicure.  This task isn't about racing to the next event or spending a lot of money, it's about taking ...

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 ...

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. ...