Organized Christmas

Christmas Creep Alert: Buy Thanksgiving Treats Now

   September 23, 2017 by Cynthia Ewer

If you're planning to decorate your Thanksgiving table with a batch of Thanksgiving Blessings Mix this year, stock up on seasonal candies now!

Rising tides of "Christmas Creep" means you may not be able to find Autumn-themed chocolate kisses, candy corn or gift bags when you need them next month.

In the last two years, many readers reported that seasonal candies were very hard to find after Halloween, making it difficult to assemble Blessings Mix gifts. This year, Christmas merchandise is already crowding Halloween displays in many stores, and poor Thanksgiving has been elbowed aside entirely.

Smart shoppers will add these items to grocery lists now, to be ready for November's crafting. And while you're in the store, why not let the manager know how we feel about the loss of Thanksgiving from the seasonal rotation? Take aim against Christmas Creep!

Thanksgiving Blessings Mix Recipe

Master Gift List: A Holiday Shopper's Best Friend

   September 21, 2017 by Cynthia Ewer

Every family has one: a gift-giver of extraordinary flair and creativity. Year after year, this paragon finds just the right gift, large or small, for every friend and relation, and all without breaking the bank.

Her “just because” offerings are tiny jewels, she’s hip to the latest teen trends—and she never, ever hears the double-barbed response, “Oh, you shouldn't have--you really shouldn’t have!”

What’s her secret? A master gift list.

House & Holidays Plan Week 3: Me and Mine Week

   September 17, 2017 by Cynthia Ewer

Properly appointed, the master bedroom can be an inviting oasis of calm in the midst of Christmas commotion--but not if it's choked and cluttered with misplaced stuff!

During Me and Mine Week at the House & Holidays Plan, we'll declutter, organize and clean the master bedroom.  Our goal:  to create a refreshing space for renewal and rest during the busy holiday season.

Daily Tips for Christmas Organizing: It's 101 Days to Christmas!

   September 14, 2017 by Cynthia Ewer

Need a gentle, daily reminder to get ready for the holiday season? Try this focus site from OrganizedChristmas.com: 101 Days to Christmas, devoted to preparing for Christmas day by day.

Need a daily dose of Christmas organizing, holiday tips and inspiration? Our new focus site is just for you! With daily holiday tips for the 101 days leading up to Christmas, we'll take you straight to a calm and stress-free holiday season ... day by day!

Whether you follow on Twitter, Facebook, or via an RSS feed, 101 Days to Christmas will help you prepare for Christmas day by day.

Beginning on September 15, 101 Days to Christmas brings you daily holiday tips to help you get ready for the holiday season. Use our feed as a gentle reminder that the holiday season is on the way--and prepare for Christmas day by day!

101 Days to Christmas

Simplify Your Holidays With A Christmas Calendar

   September 10, 2017 by Cynthia Ewer

Ask any mother of young children: time pressure creates a unique stressor during the Christmas season.

Holiday events, school functions and holiday parties crowd December days; service projects, travel and worship activities double. To keep holiday stress at bay, a calendar is a must-have tool for an organized Christmas.

Even if you never rely on a family calendar the other eleven months of the year, December's busy days call for a dedicated calendar for smooth sailing.

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

   September 10, 2017 by Cynthia Ewer

Fall is almost here. Ready for a new spin on a seasonal taste? Try these spiced pumpkin cookies covered with a melted-butter glaze for a memorable Autumn treat.

An original recipe from Cynthia Ewer, don't let the unusual preparation method throw you; these cookies are tender, delicious, and a perfect companion for coffee, hot chocolate, or a steaming cup of Witches Brew.

House & Holidays Plan Week 2: Calendar and Creativity

   September 10, 2017 by Cynthia Ewer

During the holidays, it's easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed--and that goes double for those planning homemade holiday gifts! Time to tackle calendars and creative spaces in the House & Holidays Plan.

This week, the Plan's holiday prep assignments focus on the bones for efficient holiday planning: calendars. We'll work on time management and scheduling this week, as we put holiday prep chores on the fast track.

Print a House & Holidays Planner

   September 6, 2017 by Cynthia Ewer

Ready to prepare for the holiday season with the House & Holidays Plan?

Beginning September 3, 2017, the House & Holidays Plan organizes Autumn events from back-to-school, through Halloween and Thanksgiving, and on to the Christmas holiday season. Working week by week, you'll cut clutter, clean house, and prepare for the holiday season so that you arrive in December relaxed and ready.

Get Organized: Make a Christmas Planner

   September 4, 2017 by Cynthia Ewer

As we get ready for Christmas, we’ll be making lists (and checking them a lot more than twice!), holding discussions with spouses, children and parents, and drawing up a holiday budget. Too often, we record our plans piecemeal, consigning them to a confused clutter of scrawled envelopes, jotted notes and cryptic calendar entries—none of which make it to the shopping center with us when it’s time to buy gifts.

Organized people keep the results of their work in a central place: a Christmas planner.

Easy to make and easier to use, a Christmas planner cuts through holiday clutter and keeps planning on track. Home to lists and recipes, calendars and gift ideas, this simple tool is the architect and source of a serene celebration.

Try these ideas to create and use a Christmas planner: your personal guide to an organized Christmas.

2017 House & Holidays Plan Calendar

   September 3, 2017 by Cynthia Ewer

Will you clean house, cut clutter and prepare for the holidays by following the House & Holidays Plan this year?

The 2017 House & Holidays Plan begins on Sunday, September 3! Join us to get ready to celebrate the holiday season in a clean and organized home.

First step: check in with the Plan calendar. In the weeks to come, you'll schedule STOP clutter and deep-cleaning sessions for each area of your home and set aside time for holiday planning and preparation.

House & Holidays Plan Week 1: Planning and Paperwork

   September 3, 2017 by Cynthia Ewer

Are you ready to make a plan ... to simplify your holidays and celebrate the season?

This week, we kick off the House & Holidays Plan. Working week-by-week, we'll celebrate Autumn holidays, prepare for Christmas, and create a clean and organized home for the holidays.

As we begin our journey to a clean and organized holiday house, one job comes first:  organizing planning and paperwork.  Where do you go to pay bills, keep a calendar, or handle the mail?

Whether it's a dedicated home office or a rolling file cart under the dining table, it's time to declutter, organize and clean the planning area.  A holiday prep bonus:  we'll set up a Christmas organizing planning center this week, so we can move ahead with holiday season preparations.

2017-18 Christmas Pocket Planner Forms Online!

   September 2, 2017 by Cynthia Ewer

Have you heard about Christmas pocket planners? Handmade from scrapbooking paper and a simple pocket file folder, these little holiday planners are inexpensive, creative and just plain fun!

~New! Calendars for 2017 and 2018 have been updated to get you ready for Christmas, now and next year! Bonus: make an extra planner for next year, and give as a gift to a good friend.

Simplified versions of our most popular Christmas planner printables, our Christmas pocket planner Forms are sized to fit neatly into the pockets created by a folder-sized Christmas pocket planner.

Created in greyscale, forms are printed three-to-the-page. Trimmed after printing, they'll take your Christmas pocket planner to a whole new level.

We've included our site's most popular forms--gift lists, menu planners and shopping lists. Don't miss our calendar/to-do list page: to make it easy to give, we've included calendars for the Autumn season.

Christmas Pocket Planner Forms Library

Christmas Pocket Planner Tours and Tutorials

Back-to-School Craft: How to Make a French Memory Board

   September 2, 2017 by Cynthia Ewer

It's pretty place for photos, cards and mementos: a French memory board!

If you can sew a button and wield a stapler, you can make it.

Begin with a stretched artist's canvas, add batting, cover with cotton fabric, then criss-cross with ribbons.

Novelty buttons secure ribbons to the memo board's canvas and add a bright touch.

Light, pretty and oh, so easy!

Ready for Christmas: House & Holidays Plan

   September 2, 2017 by Cynthia Ewer

Christmas is coming, and you're dreaming of a clean and organized home, decked out in holiday glory. Then you open your eyes to reality. Looking around the house, it's hard to imagine how to cut the clutter, manage fall cleaning and prepare for Christmas all at once.

How will you bring the current state of domestic chaos into holiday readiness: clean, organized, prepared? Try the House & Holidays Plan and make your house work ... for the holidays!

Cut the Crazy: Choose a Holiday Plan

   August 30, 2017 by Cynthia Ewer

What's the best road to calm and joyous holidays? It's all about the plan!

Preparing for Christmas with the help of a step-by-step plan makes quick work of seasonal chores, and leaves plenty of time, energy--and money!--to celebrate the season.

Here at Organized Christmas, we're home to one of the Web's oldest holiday plans: the Christmas Countdown. We're also bringing you two newer plans for Christmas organizing: the House & Holidays Plan and the Rudolph Club.

Which plan is right for you? Check out these options to get ready for a stress-free Christmas:

Too Early to Think Christmas? Starting Now Makes Sense!

   August 27, 2017 by Cynthia Ewer

As August turns summer's corner, we look forward to September. The month will bring brisk mornings, fall colors, back-to-school ... and deck the halls?

In a word, yes. Summer's end is the perfect time to think ahead to the holiday season; start Christmas planning now, and you'll reap abundant benefits come December.

Here at Organized Christmas we hear a deafening chorus of objection: "But it's too early to think about Christmas! I can't get ready until I feel the holiday spirit!"

Santa Saves: Six Back-to-School Bargains for Holiday Giving

   August 9, 2017 by Cynthia Ewer

With summer winding down, school is on the way--and so are rock-bottom prices on back-to-school needs!

During late summer, office supply stores engage in penny price wars, while discount stores bring racks of school supplies front and center ... and cheap!

Back-to-school loss leaders--products sold below cost to attract sales--are hot and heavy in the supermarkets these days--and even the crafts stores offer a variety of binders, stickers and backpacks at sharply reduced prices.

2017 Christmas Countdown Calendar

   July 25, 2017 by Cynthia Ewer

Ready to join the Christmas Countdown? Working together over six weeks from late October to early December, we'll prepare for the holiday season with daily messages, weekly assignments, encouragement and fun.

Your road map begins with the Countdown calendar. Setting out each week's focus, it'll keep you motivated and on track to an organized Christmas. Print yours today to be ready for Christmas:

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

   July 24, 2017 by Cynthia Ewer

Think "Christmas" ... in July? Sure, if you want to make it an all-cash holiday!

Holiday spending can be hard on the pocketbook--and bought on credit, "Christmas Day" can stretch into the new year for weeks or months.

Ease the Christmas cash crunch with creative ways to save money for Christmas! Financial institutions offer dedicated Christmas clubs for the disciplined, but savvy holiday planners have found other ways to accumulate cash for holiday spending.

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