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Sand Art Brownies

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   October 22, 2018 by Cynthia Ewer

Looking for a classic "gift in a jar" for holiday gifts?

Sand Art Brownies are easy to make gift in a jar and oh, so pretty! Layered cocoa, brown sugar, chocolate chips and pecans make this Mason jar recipe extra-special.

Welcome a neighbor, thank a teacher or give a homemade Christmas gift with this layered cookie-in-a-jar recipe.

Our recipe includes free printable gift tags to make assembling your Sand Art Brownies a breeze!

Habit: The Household Wonder Worker

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Posted by Cynthia Ewer on October 22, 2018

Looking for a way to live an organized life without having to think about it? Imagine the television pitch:

"Special offer! Not sold in stores! The amazing Household Wonder Worker will take your house from chaos to castle in only 21 days. It'll speed your cleaning, calm your chaos and cut your clutter. Don't wait! Get it today--and put our 21-day Household Wonder Worker to work for you!"

You say you have the phone in one hand and a credit card in the other? Sounds that good, does it?

Christmas Countdown Day 2: Make A Christmas Planner!

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   October 22, 2018 by Cynthia Ewer

Today in the Christmas Countdown, we introduce the tool of choice for organized holidays: a Christmas planner.

Whether you're new to the concept, or have been using one for years, your Christmas planner is about to become your new best friend in the days and weeks to come.

Your planner will be home to lists, notes, ideas, recipes, decor inspiration, receipts, menus, inventories and journal pages. It's your personal record of the planning, deciding and doing that goes into creating the Christmas of your dreams.    Read More >>

Get Organized: Create A Christmas Planning Center

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   October 21, 2018 by Cynthia Ewer

When planning for the holiday season, why try to wing it, on the fly?

Making lists on the go often finds them scattered in your wake, never to be found again.

To stay centered as you plan the holidays and get into the seasonal swing in comfort, find a place in your home to create an activity center devoted to Christmas planning.

A dedicated spot to make gift lists lists and track menus keeps holiday planning on track.    Read More >>

Christmas Countdown Day 1: Get Organized!

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   October 21, 2018 by Cynthia Ewer

Are you ready to get organized for Christmas? Will it surprise you if I say, "Me, either!"?

Welcome to the Christmas Countdown! I'm Cynthia Ewer, author of this six-week Christmas organizing plan--and like most of us, I come careening in to Day 1 of the Countdown firmly in denial about the passage of time.

Today's reading assignment pretty much sums up how I'm feeling: it can't possibly be time to start preparing for the holidays!    Read More >>

Ready ... or Not?

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   October 21, 2018 by Cynthia Ewer

Are we ready to get organized for Christmas?

It's the traditional opening greeting of the Christmas Countdown. Problem is, each year when I ask the question, I have to remind myself to duck!

I've seen it happen year after year: we careen into the first day of the Countdown saying to ourselves, "It can't possibly be time to prepare for the holidays!"

For many of us, the coming of the holiday season brings a feeling of panic in its wake--and I am not one whit different.    Read More >>

Christmas Countdown: Get Organized Week

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   October 21, 2018 by Cynthia Ewer

Welcome to Get Organized Week!

The first week of the Countdown is a time for planning and calendars and lists, and for setting our values and our overall course. As we break down holiday preparations into small, simple steps, we'll sketch out the outline of the holiday season to come.

This week, we begin to build a Christmas planner to organize holiday chores, assess the state of the house, and prepare for Halloween festivities.

Ready? Let's get organized for a stress-free Christmas season!    Read More >>

House & Holidays Plan Week 8: Family Space Week

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   October 21, 2018 by Cynthia Ewer

Christmas is a time for family, so center the season around a clean and organized family space. This week in the House & Holidays Plan, we take aim on the family room, playroom or family area.

In holiday prep, the family room theme continues as we decorate for Halloween, review holiday movies and music, and craft a holiday housework plan.

Mailing deadline: mail overseas gifts this week!    Read More >>

2018 Christmas Countdown Calendar

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   October 20, 2018 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:

Frugal Order: A Tightwad's Guide To Getting Organized

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Posted by Cynthia Ewer on October 18, 2018

Getting organized! For many, that phrase is synonymous with "Buy Me!"

Savvy retailers know that "Get Organized Fever" breaks out at predictable intervals, and tailor ad campaigns to capitalize on the desire to create an organized home. Too often, professional organizers hear the cry, "But I can't afford to get organized!"

No doubt about it, there are many marvelous products on the market to help achieve better home and personal organization.

Print A Christmas Countdown Planner

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   October 16, 2018 by Cynthia Ewer

Are you ready to get organized for Christmas with the Christmas Countdown?

The first step along the Countdown path is to designate a Christmas planner: a simple 3-ring notebook stocked with Christmas organizing forms, calendars and checklists.

During the first week of the Countdown, you'll print most of the Countdown planner forms, but many people prefer to get a head start. The links below will take you to all the Countdown checklists, inventories and forms.    Read More >>

Make a Jiffy Pop® Popcorn Topper for Halloween

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   October 16, 2018 by Cynthia Ewer

It's ghoulish-good fun: a printable Halloween topper for Jiffy Pop® popcorn!

Add our free printable template to a package of Jiffy Pop® brand pop-in-pan popcorn for an inexpensive "popcorn topper" craft gift just right for the spooks and goblins on your gift list.

Paired with Witches Brew Halloween mix, it's perfect for Halloween BOO-ing, co-workers or classmate gifts.    Read More >>

S'Mores In A Jar: Easy Holiday Gift

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   October 15, 2018 by Cynthia Ewer

S'Mores In A Jar! What could be better? Combining the flavors of the familiar campfire treat with the seasonal sweetness of Peeps ® brand marshmallow candies, this recipe creates easy holiday gifts in a jar for all occasions. Choose your Peeps to match the season!

This gifts in a jar recipe is easy enough for children to make. To create this Mason jar gift, you'll layer crushed graham crackers, Marshmallow Peeps, brown sugar and chocolate pieces in a clear glass canning jar.

Spiffed up with a fabric topper, pretty ribbon and free printable gift tags, S'Mores In A Jar make a happy holiday treat for holidays throughout the year.

House & Holidays Plan Week 7: Bedding and Bath Week

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   October 14, 2018 by Cynthia Ewer

If the children are to be nestled, all snug in their beds, it's time to get things straight in the linen closet! This week in the House & Holidays Plan, we'll focus on linen closet and bathrooms as we get organized for Christmas.

We'll declutter, organize and clean these areas, then do a quick linen check. Will we have enough sheets and towels? What's the state of the tablecloth? Is the household stocked for winter colds and holiday guests?    Read More >>

Get Ready for Christmas with the Christmas Countdown

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   October 11, 2018 by Cynthia Ewer

What do you really want for Christmas? More time, more joy, and less stress? Welcome to the Christmas Countdown! We're kicking off the 2018 Countdown on Sunday, October 21.

A calmer, more centered holiday celebration is easy when you simplify your holidays with the Christmas Countdown get organized plan.

The Christmas Countdown is a free six-week Christmas organizing workshop from Organized Christmas. Written by author and Web publisher Cynthia Ewer, the Countdown has been online since 1998. Tested by hundreds of thousands of families like yours, it's a tried-and-true road map for an organized Christmas.

Countdown assignments, spread over six weeks, simplify the job of getting ready for Christmas. By breaking down Christmas preparation into small, easy-to-take steps, the Countdown gives you a holiday headstart for a stress-free Christmas season. We'll cover gift lists, cooking, decorating and fun--and you'll be ready for Christmas with time to spare.

Ready? We're counting down to an organized Christmas, starting on Sunday, October 21!    Read More >>

You've Been Booed! Halloween BOO Signs and Poems from the Web

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   October 11, 2018 by Cynthia Ewer

It's that time of year! Have "You've Been Booed" signs been popping up in your neighborhood?

We've got a tasty selection of You've Been Booed poem and signs to print, but if you want something different?

Join the fun with these free printable BOO signs and BOO poems from the Web!

Whatever style you prefer, these free printables will help you start the Halloween BOO tradition with your neighbors and friends:    Read More >>

Halloween Treat: Haunted Gingerbread House

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   October 8, 2018 by Cynthia Ewer

Gingerbread houses aren't just for Christmas anymore! Use our easy-build methods to create a Halloween Gingerbread House to brighten your autumn home or workplace.

Using melted bark coating or candy melts makes this craft simple enough for kids.

A black cat peeps from piles of pumpkins. Orange and black gumdrops light the path on Halloween night. Spiders creep and bats flap.

Don't miss our friendly ghosts!    Read More >>

House & Holidays Plan Week 6: Wardrobe Week

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   October 7, 2018 by Cynthia Ewer

Get out your high-heeled sneakers, Baby--it's time to think of holiday finery.  This week in the House & Holidays Plan, we'll declutter, organize and clean closets and clothing care areas.

Think ahead to the holidays: will the family be able to strut their stuff all season long?  A family wardrobe check makes sure everybody's covered (literally) for the season's events.  Decluttering family clothing helps us add needed clothing items to the gift list or shopping list in good time to replace worn or out-grown clothing before the season.

Rounding out the week with holiday prep chores, we work on Christmas cards, brainstorm ideas for Secret Santa celebrations and begin catalog or Internet shopping.

Ready? Time to get cracking ... on Wardrobe Week!    Read More >>

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