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The Organizette!, Issue #85 -- Preparing for the Holidays
November 06, 2015

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Table of Contents

-Monthly Mission – Holiday Planning
-Check Out These Pages! – Relevant pages and new site additions
-The Holidays Are Coming!


Hello Everyone! Well, there are only a handful of boxes left to unpack, but I swear, my books must have multiplied while they were in boxes because there are too many again to fit on our bookshelf! Looks like I’ll have to do another round of purging books from the bookshelf. We still need to hang things on the walls to make it feel more like home, but we’re getting close. There are so many other things going on that take away from house time. Isn’t that always the issue? How to balance chores and errands with enjoying your home, family, friends, etc.?

I can’t believe that it’s already November, and Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. There is much to prepare for as we celebrate our first Christmas in this house. We’ll be traveling for Thanksgiving, so we won’t have to worry about that. But wait, oh, we have to worry about packing for traveling, ugh.

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The Monthly Mission – Holiday Planning

It’s time to start getting ready for the holidays. Do a little bit at a time to prevent feeling overwhelmed. Here is some guidance to help you get things done in an orderly fashion. To read the November monthly mission, click here.

I Can't Wait!

If you’re in a hurry to put some order back into your home, perhaps Mimi Tanner's unique method will give you that jumpstart. Check out her method at Declutter Fast: How To Get Your Home In Order Almost Immediately.

Check Out These Pages!

Here are some pertinent pages on the website you may have missed along with any new pages.

After Christmas Organizing - Read up now on what to do at the end of the holidays to get better organized for next year. Don't store broken or unwanted items for another year.

Declutter Home and Life - Getting organized involves a lot more than just tossing some extra possessions. Read more about organizing beyond just your home.

Kitchen Organization - Get your kitchen organized before the cooking and baking begins, so you're better able to find things, and have more space to work.

Travel Planning Tips - Are you taking a vacation this summer? Here are some helpful tips to organize and plan that trip.

Party Planning Page - Getting ready to throw a holiday party? Here are a few tips.

Time Savers - To help streamline your life, here are some daily time savers.

Organize It Kitchen

The Holidays Are Coming!

(Here’s a flash back to November 2008, yet it still applies today! I hope my husband is reading this.)

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the middle of November! Thanksgiving is coming fast and Christmas isn’t far behind.

What are your Thanksgiving plans? Are you traveling? Are you having guests over at your home? Have you made your menu and a shopping list of all the ingredients you’ll be needing?

What about Christmas? Have you begun your holiday shopping? At least made some lists of gift ideas? Again, are you traveling or having guests over? Do you plan to cook for Christmas Eve, or for Christmas Day? What about snack ideas?

I don’t intend to overwhelm anyone with these questions, but it’s time to at least start thinking about all of these things. Even if you’re only bringing a dish to pass at Aunt Sally’s house, plan it, buy the ingredients you can, and be ready ahead of time. It’s so much less stressful! I sent my husband out last weekend to finish up some holiday shopping for our family. It seems early, but his comments said it all. Usually he waits ‘til the last minute, hoping to make the postal deadlines, fighting crowds, etc. The other day he came home and said he had fun… it was the most pleasant Christmas shopping trip he’d ever been on. He had time to think and explore and simply enjoy himself. Isn’t that how things should be?

Your holiday planning doesn’t need to be extensive. But do plan. I have some general holiday planning lists that may be of help to you. They can at least be a jumping point for you to get going.

Christmas Organizing – Information regarding a master list, holiday meal planning, gift shopping, organizing decorations post holiday, traveling tips, entertaining tips and how to create traditions and memories. Christmas Organizing

To Do Lists – Various lists to print out or use as a starting point to make your own to help you get ready for the holidays and more. To Do Lists Library

Until next time, happy organizing!

Tracy Greene

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