Organized Christmas

Ready for Christmas: House & Holidays Plan

   August 28, 2016 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!

House & Holidays Plan Week 1: Planning and Paperwork

   August 28, 2016 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.

Too Early to Think Christmas? Starting Now Makes Sense!

   August 14, 2016 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!"

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

   August 11, 2016 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!

Cut the Crazy: Choose a Holiday Plan

   August 7, 2016 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:

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

   August 3, 2016 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.

Christmas Pocket Planner Forms Now Online!

   August 1, 2016 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! 2016 Calendar now updated!

The pocket planner concept is sweeping the scrapbooking and rubber stamping world, but there's always been one thing missing: a set of printable forms for Christmas organizing.

Until now! Introducing the latest Organized Christmas forms set: Christmas Pocket Planner Forms!

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

Beat the Heat: Make A Cool Tie!

   July 28, 2016 by Cynthia Ewer

Beat summer's heat with this sew-simple craft project: a cool tie!

This bright cotton neckerchief has a summer secret: a filling of water-absorbing polymer granules from the garden center.

Soaked in water, the cool tie's polymer granules absorb more than 200% their weight in water. Tied around the neck or worn as a headband, a cool tie provides all-day cool relief through evaporation.

A cool tie is simple to sew, requiring only a straight-stitch sewing machine. It makes a great gift for gardeners! Printable Cool Tie gift tags adds a splashy note to your hot-weather gift.

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

   July 26, 2016 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.

2016 Christmas Countdown Calendar

   July 25, 2016 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:

2016 House & Holidays Plan Calendar

   July 25, 2016 by Cynthia Ewer

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

The 2016 House & Holidays Plan begins on Sunday, August 28! 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.

July Rudolph Club Meeting

   July 25, 2016 by Cynthia Ewer

Welcome to the Rudolph Club: your once-a-month meeting to simplify your holidays and get organized for Christmas!

At Organized Christmas, we know that the holiday season can be fast and furious. Solution? Take a day once each month throughout the year to plan and prepare for a more-organized holiday season.

On the 25th of each month, we'll bring simple assignments and easy tips to try now for a simpler, more joyous season. Over the year, you'll tackle planning and preparations to make the season lighter, brighter and less stressful come December.

Make A Jiffy Pop® Popcorn Topper for the Fourth of July

   June 20, 2016 by Cynthia Ewer

Looking for popping-good fun for America's birthday celebration? Make a Fourth of July Jiffy Pop® Popcorn Topper!

Add our free printable template to a package of Jiffy Pop® brand pop-in-pan popcorn for an inexpensive "popcorn topper" craft gift.

Share with family, friends or coworkers to bring a patriotic "pop" to Independence Day gatherings.

Patriotic Recipe: American Blessings Mix

   June 7, 2016 by Cynthia Ewer

It's a sure-fire hit for patriotic celebrations like Memorial Day or the 4th of July: American Blessings Mix.

This easy recipe creates a simple snack mix favor to remind us of our nation's blessings.

Bagged in favor-sized gift bags and decorated with a patriotic poem, American Blessings Mix brings a festive touch to July 4th celebrations.

Follow the recipe below, and get packaging and assembly how-tos with our Blessings Mix Tutorial.