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 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! ...

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. ...