Cash In: Start Now to Save Money for Christmas

Think Christmas ... when it's summertime? Sure--if you want to be prepared for a stress-free holiday season.

Starting holiday planning now makes sense ... and cents! Saving ahead for holiday expenses spreads the financial demands of the Christmas season over several months--and being prepared with a cash budget means you'll be less tempted to put holiday spending on credit cards.

Sister site Organized Christmas has some clever ways to start now to save money for a debt-free Christmas celebration:

Clever checkbook management can lead to a Christmas stash. When paying bills each month, "round down" the bank balance to the next even amount--say, from $967 to $900--by writing a dummy check for $67 and deducting it from the register. Don't cash it, but hold it for Christmas. Over a few months, those "round it down" amounts will add up to holiday funds.

Cash In! Do-It-Now Ways To Save Money For Christmas   READ MORE >>

Pantry Recipes for Homemade Cleaning Products

recipes for homemade cleaners

Taken a trip down the cleaning aisle at the supermarket lately?

If you believe the ad hype, you can't keep a clean house without loading your shopping cart with a different cleaner for each surface, floor and sink in the house.

Hogwash! Simple recipes using products from your pantry make effective household cleaning solutions.   READ MORE >>

Jumpstart January For An Organized Year

get organized

Face it: it's January. Dreary weather is matched only by the dreariness of a house stripped of holiday decorations.

Children slog through the great dull stretch between New Year's Day and Spring Break, no longer distracted from their schoolwork by the excitements of the holiday season.

December's crowded calendar gives way to January's social slump. Video rentals soar as comfy sweats replace dress clothes on Saturday nights.   READ MORE >>

Printable 2017 Calendars

Print 2017 monthly calendars

Make 2017 an organized year with these printable monthly calendar pages.

Posted to a family command center or placed in a household notebook, these free printable calendars will keep the family organized the year around.   READ MORE >>

Menu Planning: Save Time In The Kitchen

menu planning

What's for dinner? It's the question of the hour!

Too many home managers look for answers in the supermarket at 5 p.m. Harried from the day's work and harassed by by hungry children, they rack their brains for an answer to the what's-for-dinner dilemma.

Three meals a day. Seven dinners a week. From supermarket to pantry, refrigerator to table, sink to cupboard, the kitchen routine can get old, old, old.   READ MORE >>

Ready for Christmas with the Christmas Countdown

Ready or not, here it comes: the 2016 Organized Christmas Countdown begins on Sunday, October 23.

This six-week holiday planning countdown from sister site OrganizedChristmas.com is fun, it's free--and is designed to help you get ready for Christmas in good time for the celebration.

Led by author and organizing expert Cynthia Ewer, we'll work together to create a calm, stress-free holiday season for ourselves and our families. By breaking down Christmas preparations into small, easy-to-finish tasks, the Countdown will see us to the first weekend in December, prepared and ready for Christmas.   READ MORE >>

Topics: 

Cut Clutter in the Bathroom: Easy as A-B-C!

cut bathroom clutter

Location: a master bathroom in any suburban location. Goal: a clean, uncluttered space for personal care.

Home to grooming rituals and personal care chores--and heir to all sorts of oddments and obsessions--a master bathroom can hold surprises of all sorts.

Time to cut the clutter with a session of sorting, tossing and decision-making. A simple A-B-C concept will make short work of organizing the bathroom's limited space.   READ MORE >>

Winter Preparedness Checklist

When wintry weather blows, will your family be prepared?

Winter brings special seasonal challenges to an organized home.

Winter storms can make navigating roads and walkways hazardous; power outages and snow days highlight any family's readiness for cold weather.   READ MORE >>

Pages