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How to Stay Organized This Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Grab a cup of Christmas cheer and avoid the last minute holiday rush with these simple tips to stay organized this holiday season.

Make a List and Check it Twice 

  • Making a list will help you prioritize, determine what to do next and offer relief from inner stress making your tasks feel more manageable.

  • Keep your gift list on your phone and leave the barrage of sticky notes behind so you will always have it with you.

  • Spread out your to-do’s over the next couple of weeks so you don’t get overwhelmed. Doing just one or two simple things each day will help you stay ahead and keep you calm.

Make a list of specific tasks that need to be done. For example: 

  • A list of gifts you will be buying for each person

  • Meals you will be making, including any baked goods

  • Write Christmas cards, shop for gift wrapping supplies, etc.

Keep a Holiday Calendar  

  • Keep track of holiday concerts, school events, work and neighborhood parties and local events

  • Stay on schedule with this Holiday Calendar with shipping deadlines.

Start Meal Planning and Preparation 

  • Set aside 15 minutes – to create dinner menus for each of the special meals you’ll be serving over the holidays. Then, make your grocery lists at the same time to ensure you won’t forget anything.

  • Set the table for the holidays now. You will get to enjoy how beautiful it looks over the next two weeks and it will be one less thing to do before company arrives.

  • Make meals ahead of time and freeze them. Things like quiche, lasagna, casseroles, soups and desserts keep well and will be time well spent now so you can relax and enjoy fun family time when everyone is home.

Make Holiday Preparations a Fun Group Activity

You don’t have to take on all the responsibility yourself. Start a new tradition and invite friends or family over and create your own holiday workshop. The more the merrier!

  • Set aside an afternoon or evening for a gift wrapping party. Brew some apple cider and play Christmas music to get everyone in the holiday spirit!

  • Host a Christmas cookie making event. Have everyone bring the ingredients for each different recipe, then be like Santa and finish it all in one night! Everyone goes home with plenty of cookies too!

  • Get all of your family elves together to send out your Christmas cards. Assign stations for addressing envelopes, licking envelopes, adding stamps and address labels. You will be done before you can say, Jolly Ol’ St. Nick!

Gift Ideas

It’s easy to get overwhelmed trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Save time and find one great gift idea and then spread the joy by giving the same gift to multiple people. One size fits all and no one has to know! These ideas make ideal gifts for anyone on your list.


Serving trays

Serving Tray

Monogrammed insulated drink holders

Insulated Drink Holder

Monogrammed Gifts

Monogram of the letter "m"

Find a unique vase and fill it with flowers, plants or succulents

Terrarium vase

White Vase with Pink Flowers

There is a mobile phone case to please every person on your list

Colorful Cell Phone Cases

A gorgeous looking planner – who doesn’t like the gift of organization?

Planning Calendar

Still need more ideas?

Olive oil/vinegar Set

Serving utensils


Stemless wine glasses

Bottle of wine & a wine opener

Scarves or gloves

Game or jigsaw puzzle

Magazine subscription for their favorite hobby or interest

Gift Cards: movies, restaurants, cooking classes, arts & craft classes, spa/massage, bed & breakfast, concert or plays, sports event, art museum, bookstores or local zoo

Consider group activities in lieu of presents

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a joyful holiday season!


1 Comment

Ann Bingham
Ann Bingham
Apr 10

I don't know what is going on with your blog.... I'm getting a gazillion blog posts on Feedly..and some are Christmas or Fall...when it is April now. I'd love to see one blog post a day...but this is crazy.

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