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christmas organizing ideas 

The holiday season is upon us. Icicle Christmas lights have popped up on neighbors' rooftops seemingly overnight.

Seasonal jingles and sentiments are suddenly everywhere. Friends and family are calling, wanting to know who's going where this year - and bringing what.

It's enough to make the most festive of souls feel Grinch-like. After all, merrymaking of the Christmas sort takes heaps of work - and time.

Or does it?

The Christmas organizing ideas below are designed to make the weeks ahead a joy rather than a burden for you and yours.

Christmas Organizing Ideas for Week 1:  Nov. 26 - Dec. 2

  • Deck the halls. Make your home festive. Add a few holiday throw pillows; affix a strand or three of white Christmas lights up and down the interior banister; get down that box of Christmas ornaments, Christmas decorations, and you're on your way. Looking for fresh ideas? Check out these 8 Easy Christmas Decorating Ideas.
  • Rearrange the living room to make room for the Christmas  tree. Then make plans for the family to pick out the Christmas tree and decorate it. Together. Consider a celebratory dinner following the Christmas creation.
  • Finish your Christmas shopping. Plan to finish up most of your holiday shopping this week, so you'll have time to enjoy the holidays without having to rush around - or pay last-minute gift prices.
  • Print the holiday card list. Make adds, changes, deletions as needed. And if you don't have those addresses on a computer labeling program, this is the year to set aside time to do it.

Organizing Ideas for Week 2: Dec. 3 - 9

  • Take the kids' holiday pictures if you'll be including a photo with your family card this year. Make your copies on photo paper at home using your home inkjet computer. Trim with pinking shears, or create an unusual trim of your own.
  • Make sure your party clothes are clean. And don't forget to clean or have cleaned the rest of the family's holiday best, too.
  • Wrap creatively. You'll both conserve the environment and create a memorable, personal gift. Consider using things like the kids' artwork for the wrapping paper, or make your own wrapping paper from inexpensive butcher-type paper. Buy a few large holiday stamps and stamp pads, some red, green, gold and silver paint and allow them to imprint on their decorations. Let dry overnight and you have unique wrapping paper.
  • Finalize holiday travel plans. 
Christmas organizing ideasIf the holiday gathering's at your home, make sure the guest bedroom is entertaining ready.
  • Create a welcoming guest bedroom. If the gathering's at your home, make sure your guest bedroom is entertaining ready. If the guest room is your office or your child's room, plan now which area you'll clear out to make room for guests' clothes. Create a welcoming guest basket of creature comforts: clove or other scented seasonal soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, bath salts or bubbles, a travel alarm clock, and any other necessities your guests may need.

Organizing Ideas for Week 3: Dec. 10 - 16

  • Make your holiday cooking and baking list. Check it twice, then head to the store.
  • Set aside time for family holiday crafts such as making ornaments with the kids. This can be as simple as stringing popcorn to wrap around the tree, or picking up a clear glass ornament at the local craft store and writing the family's sentiments of the season and the year on it in a gold or silver pen.
  • Plan the Christmas Eve menu f you're hosting; and any other entertaining you'll be doing at home.

Organizing Ideas for the Week Before Christmas: Dec. 17 - 24

  • Plan the breakfast menu for Dec. 25. Even if it's simple, write down the basics and ensure you have them all in stock and ready.
  • Wrap stocking gifts. Do this a day or two in advance, so you're not wrapping these must-haves on Christmas Eve.

Put these Christmas Organizing ideas into play - and enjoy the spirit of the season joyfully this year!

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