Too soon?? It sounds very obnoxious, I know, but the holidays are going to be here before we know it! It is one of my favorite times of the year but it can also become one of the most stressful. In order to stay calm and have fun during this time, I try and do as much as I can early in the season so I am not rushing around at the last minute. A few years ago I came across a post by Courtney from A Thoughtful Place. She created a Christmas Wrapping Box for those times when you need to wrap little things like a gift card for a teacher, or a hostess gift, and you don't want it to seem too impersonal. It is such a great idea and makes the gift seem so personal and thoughtful even if it is just a gift card. I loved her idea and I have been using one ever since.
The main idea is to fill a box, bin or basket (preferably one you already have) with everything you would need to wrap a quick gift.
The Dollar Spot at Target is already stocked with all things Christmas. I picked up several things the other day to add to my Christmas wrapping box. I suggest heading up there now before they run out. You will be so happy you did;)
Here are a few more ideas to help you get started...
This holiday card caddy is from Honey We're Home . Such a great idea to put together all of the essentials for addressing your holiday cards and gifts.
Jen from I Heart Organizing has a gift wrapping closet. You have to check it out. It's no joke. Most of us don't have the space to devote a whole closet to gifting, but we can take some of her great ideas like the basket above. She uses magazine files to separate bows, and ribbons and gift bags within the larger basket.
Has anyone else started getting organized for the holidays yet? Would love to hear some other tips and strategies that you use (other than wine;) to stay calm throughout this season.
So there has been a lot going on here at Placed, which can explain why my blog posts have been pretty much nonexistent. Between working with clients, generating new business, late, late nights cheering for our beloved Indians, and this handsome new addition to our household...
...I have been crazy busy! I love to write and would like to post more regularly so hopefully you will continue to check in every now and then.
The holidays really are just around the corner and as a professional organizer you can bet that I already have my lists going. Planning ahead really is the best way to stay on top of things throughout this season. I'm also looking ahead to next year and with that I am in the market for a new planner. I have used just about every planner you can imagine, and so far I have yet to encounter one that I use for an entire year, or one that I really loved. I have been doing my research and have narrowed it down to three choices so I thought I'd share...
My first option is from Blue Sky Planners. They are online and at many retailers, like Target, Wal-Mart and Staples. I have recently discovered the build-your-own option on their website which I am loving! It is so easy to do. Here is the start of mine...
They give you so many options to personalize your planner to suit your needs. They even offer add-ons for meal planning pages, shopping lists and note pages. All for around $40, and in the world of planners that is such a great price!
My next option is through Etsy. There are so many small businesses on Etsy that I love to support so it is always one of the first places I look when I want something custom made.
ShePlans has tons of options available to build your own planner. You download the files and print them on your own. You can use them in a binder or even keep them on a clipboard. There are several different sizes available and tons of options for formats so you really can customize it to suit your needs. She also offers a hardcover planner. I have had a few questions about her products and she is very quick to respond and easy to work with.
The last option is from a company called Appointed. They are a Washington D.C. based company and they are not in a lot of retail shops yet. In fact there are no retailers in my area that carry this brand so I haven't seen them in person yet. The website is beautifully done and I love the style and simplicity of their design. There are no bells and whistles or fancy stickers or add-ons, just a very basic and clean format. They offer a binder option as well as a spiral bound notebook.
Not sure which one I'll choose and I'd love to hear any other suggestions. What's your favorite go-to planner?