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House & Holidays Plan Week 5: House Room Week

   September 25, 2016 by Cynthia Ewer

Hospitality is a core value of the Christmas holiday season; time to plan for guests!

This week in the House & Holidays Plan, we'll "think hospitality" as we prepare for house guests and focus on the guest room. 

No guest room?  Take aim on the multi-function area that houses sleepover guests; otherwise, it's another bonus room week!

Our holiday prep focus turns to decor, as we begin planning seasonal decorations.   A decor declutter clears surfaces in time to decorate for autumn. 

Santa Savings: Make A Holiday Budget

   September 19, 2016 by Cynthia Ewer

For many families, Christmas comes not once a year, but lingers on for months! Credit card bills arrive shortly after season’s end, not to be paid off until the following summer. Nearly two-thirds of American families don't know the true cost of their own Christmas celebration--and if they did, they'd be shocked. That much ... for a single day?

Fight the seasonal spending spree with the financial tool of choice: a Christmas budget. Try these ideas to create--and keep!--a holiday budget to save money on Christmas.

Simplify Your Holidays With A Christmas Calendar

   September 16, 2016 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 15, 2016 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.

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

   September 14, 2016 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, 2016, 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

House & Holidays Plan Week 3: Me and Mine Week

   September 11, 2016 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.

House & Holidays Plan Week 2: Calendar and Creativity

   September 4, 2016 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.

Make-Ahead Holiday Gift: Melt-and-Pour Soap

   September 2, 2016 by Cynthia Ewer

You've seen them everywhere from crafts fairs to bath boutiques: pretty handmade gift soaps. Clear and colorful or rich with natural additives for beautiful skin, they're a welcome holiday gift.

Best of all, they're easy to make using melt-and-pour soap. Heated in the microwave, clear or opaque glycerin soap base is combined with colorants and fragrances, then poured into molds to harden. When cool, soaps pop right out of the molds, ready to use.

Follow the soap-making tips and soap starter projects linked below to help you master this squeaky-clean craft.

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.

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