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Table of Contents

What’s New on Plan-and-Organize-Life.com - Recent site additions
Pep Talk
Monthly Mission - Holiday Organizing

Recent Site Additions

Here are some of the more recently added pages to the website you may have missed.

Garage Organization – Basic steps to start tackling that messy garage.

Organizing Your Bathroom - Suggestions to get your bathroom neatly organized.

Organizing Your Medicine Cabinet – How to make your medicine cabinet more functional and what to do with the items that don't fit.

Laundry - Tips on how to manage your laundry so it doesn't take over your home and your time.

Holiday Organizing and Planning - Helpful tips to get you organized for the holidays, including meal planning, gift shopping and checklists.

Pep Talk - We All Have Setbacks

Have you fallen behind in your goals to get or keep your home and life organized? I have. It can happen to anyone. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Working to have a better organized life is about making long lasting changes. These things can take time, and it’s natural for things to come at us unexpectedly and throw us off track such as illness. Things happen that take us out of our routines and throw us for a loop. And sometimes we can get stuck there if we’re not careful. It’s important to be kind to ourselves when this happens. We did not fail. The game is not over. We can pick ourselves back up and continue moving forward with our goals to declutter and organize our home and life. Think about the positive changes you’ve made so far and how much you’ve decluttered and organized up to this point. Be proud of what you’ve accomplished so far, put on some happy music and do some organizing for 15 minutes. That should help you (and me) feel good and help get us inspired to keep working at it, even a little bit at a time. It’s OK if the house isn’t perfect. We’re striving for improvement, not perfection anyway. Take care of yourselves.

Monthly Mission – Holiday Organizing

The holidays are upon us and we need to talk about Christmas and holiday organizing before it’s too late. As kids have entered the picture and celebrating has become a month long of traditional activities and family fun, I’ve found it more necessary to do some planning way ahead of time to make sure it all gets squeezed in. I want all the work to get done easily so that we can spend more time doing fun stuff and making great holiday memories.

Have A Plan!

No matter how small or large your holiday activities are, you should have a plan. If it’s a small ordeal, then it’ll just be a quick and easy plan. The bigger the event, the more you’ll definitely want to plan. It’ll help guide you through the holidays and keep you on track.


Wheter it be for Thanksgiving, Christmas or a party, plan the menu! I like to write down EVERYTHING we plan to eat and drink for the holiday occasion. Then, I can make sure I have all the ingredients needed for the menu. Whatever I don’t have at home and need to go buy, goes on a shopping list. Having this done early allows me to buy the non-perishable items when they come on sale, and possibly with coupons. I can stash these away until I need them. Then, all I need to do is schedule a quick last run to the store for the perishables a day or two before the event. Don’t forget to include any plates, cups, napkins, etc. to your shopping list if you need those types of items. Read here for more about Holiday Menu Planning.


Gift shopping without a plan can put you over budget or scrambling at the last minute shopping for someone you forgot to buy for. Planning ahead can help you save as well as money by having the time to find the best deals.

Make a list of every single person you need to shop for (family, friends, teachers, co-workers, etc.) Make a budget and stick to it! Next to each person you can write down clothing sizes (if needed) and gift ideas. When you se something on sale that would be perfect for someone, snap it up! Keep a gift log as well, especially if you do a lot of shopping online (like me). This way you make sure you have received everything you ordered. Also, if you need to ship gifts to people, you can make sure you’ll have everything in time to do that. Read here for more tips on Holiday Gift Shopping.

Activities & Traditions

Planning your holiday activities doesn’t mean you have no spontaneity… it just means you’re good at managing your time so that you can get the most out of it. What kinds of fun things do you like to do for the holidays? Ice skating, baking cookies together, visiting Santa? Make a list of everything you want to do during the holidays. Put all of these activities on the calendar, now! You don’t need to put them on in ink. Weekends are few, schedules are busy with other things too, so things might need some adjusting. I like to put each activity on a small sticky note and put it on a date on the calendar. That way I can adjust things around until they all fit and work out for the best. Don’t forget to schedule some time for gift shopping as well as that jot out to buy those last perishable items for your food menu! Read here for more about Holiday Fun and Traditions.

To Do Lists

As with any other day of the year, I keep a to do list. For the holidays, I keep a holiday to do list along with the food and gift planning lists that I keep. It’s best to keep everything central so nothing gets lost. For the holiday to do list, you can keep track of all the little things you need to do such as put up decorations, wrap gifts, bake cookies, mail packages, mail holiday cards, etc. Just keep a running list and see what you can get done ahead of time so that you can spend the last week or two before the big holiday just relaxing and having fun with your friends and family. Read here for Helpful Checklists.

To get more help with the monthly mission for November and find helpful checklists, click here.

Until next time, happy organizing!


Tracy Greene

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