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No More UFOs! Get-Em-Done Strategies for Handmade Holiday Gifts

Scanning a list of handmade craft gifts is something like reading a cookbook: it makes you hungry! 

Whether you wander the crafts store, settle in at the library's craft bookshelf, or browse online, visions of bright and beautiful gifts follow one after the other. Will this be the year you give hand-crafted gifts ... to everyone? 

November 12, 2020
Get organized for holiday gifts

Christmas Countdown Day 15: Gifts & Giving Week

For many families, gift-giving is among the most stressful aspects of preparing for the holiday season. Wonderful as the tradition can be, it has another side: where the rubber of our budget meets the road of our expectations. 

This week, we'll take a hard look at holiday giving--and we'll work hard to get organized, stay within budget, and find creative solutions for seasonal gifts.

November 8, 2020
Make a plan for housework at the holidays

Christmas Chaos? Make A Plan For Holiday Housework

For many families, the Christmas season causes more than usual chaos on the home front. 

Do you shove stacks of mail and magazines into dark closets to hide them from drop-in visitors? Does your dinnertime schedule fall off the rails when faced with multiple evening rehearsals? Does Mount Washmore raise itself to new heights in the laundry room, only to be scaled in panic an hour before the Nativity play?

November 4, 2020
It's A Wrap: Set Up A Gift Wrap And Mail Center
Gift wrap and mailing checklist
Cynthia Ewer October 29, 2020

Wrapping gifts for the holidays? Repeat after me: "This year, I won't be wrapping gifts at midnight on Christmas Eve!"

If there's a single most-underestimated holiday chore, it's gift wrapping. Supplies lie scattered throughout the house, while space and privacy are hard to come by. Translation: late-night Christmas Eve wrapping sessions, grumbling your way through the job.

Christmas Countdown: Six Weeks to an Organized Christmas
Organized Home Christmas Countdown
Cynthia Ewer October 22, 2020

What do you really want for Christmas? More time, more joy, and less stress? Welcome to the Christmas Countdown! We're kicking off the 2020 Countdown on Sunday, October 25. 

Seven Tips for Sparkling Christmas Letters
Tips for holiday letters
Cynthia Ewer October 22, 2020

Christmas is coming, holiday cards and letters fill the mailbox--and it's time to write your family's annual Christmas letter. 

Want your letter to stand out from the crowd? Looking for ways to spice up the same-old, same-old Christmas greeting?  Try these seven tips for a sparkling holiday letter.

Holiday House Fever? Cure It With A Home Spruce-Up Exercise
home improvement for the holidays
Cynthia Ewer October 16, 2020

Autumn is here.  Look around the house. Does your temperature rise when you see stained carpets, smudged switch plates and faded window coverings?

With Christmas on the horizon, it's tempting to dive right in to a long list of home improvements. Stop! Wait! Biting off more than you can chew on the home front is a sure-fire recipe for holiday stress.