Organized Christmas

Organized Christmas

Do the holidays find you festive ... or frazzled? Stop the stress with tips, ideas and printables for an organized Christmas.  Find a get-organized plan, get gift suggestions or print a Christmas planner.

Holiday plans for an organized Christmas

Organized Christmas? Try a Holiday Plan

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 OrganizedHome.com, we're home to two of the Web's oldest holiday plans: the Christmas Countdown and the Holiday Grand Plan.  

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

Tips for a calm Christmas

Christmas Calm: 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

Sure, you love the holiday season--but just not so much of it! This year, you're hoping to cut the crazy out of Christmas: to trim the celebration back to one that is sustainable and calm.

Question is, just how do you do less--and enjoy it more--during the Christmas holiday season?

If you're aiming to simplify Christmas, take time to ponder ways to cut stress, save money and tame over-the-top traditions. Setting simplicity strategies in place early will keep you from being swept up in holiday madness.  Try these ideas:

Cut toy clutter before Christmas

Make Room for Santa: Pre-Season Toy Declutter

Holidays ahead!  About this time of year, it's a good idea to contemplate the toy situation in your child's room.  Adding Santa's bounty to overstuffed kids' rooms is a recipe for January clutter disaster. Clear the decks and cut kid clutter with a pre-holiday toy clear-out.

It's a fact of modern life. Children's playthings have exploded in number, size, and complexity, while children's storage options have remained static. Just try storing a Happy Meal collection in the average toy box! Even the best-organized kid's rooms can easily drown in today's toy avalanche.

Organize online shopping

Three Tips for Smart Online Shopping

Planning for Christmas, catalog or online shopping has many advantages over the holiday mall scene. 

No long lines. No sore feet. No staggering to the car, weighed down by parcels and shopping bags. 

Shopping becomes a pleasure, conducted from a favorite chair. Make your choice, load your cart, sit back, and wait for the UPS man. Ahhhhh!

Still, it's possible to have too much of a good thing! Holiday promotions sweep in at the end of August, filling email inboxes--and disorganized shopping exacts a high price for convenience.

Travel tips for Christmas holiday

Tips for Holiday Season Travel

Holiday travel can be stressful at the best of times ... but this year offers unprecedented challenges to planning travel.  Safety advisories change daily, while new protocols require new planning--and flexibility!  Whether you're flying or driving, being prepared means you'll be better able to roll with the inevitable punches.

Try these tips to keep the “happy” in holiday travel:

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On The Move: Organized Christmas

Hi, friends! It's Cynthia Ewer, the warm body behind this Web site.

In the next days, I'll be porting content to this area, and creating a new and happy home for Christmas articles, holiday plans, recipes and printables.

Goal:  have a fresh and tidy new home on the Web for the kick-off of the House & Holidays Plan, August 30.

Back to work!

--Cynthia

Save on Christmas

Santa Saves: Shop Back-to-School for Holiday Savings

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.