10 Simple Ways to Organize During the Holidays

  1. Don’t worry about the whole house.  There are too many other fun things to do in December.  Just pick 3 areas that people see the most when they come over and organize those areas.
  2. As you take out your decorations don’t put broken items back in the box.  Take the time to really go through and recycle/throw what is broke and give away what you no longer like and don’t use.
  3. Piles of paper everywhere?  Attack one pile of paper every other day and make yourself make decisions about what to do with each piece.  Click here for a great article on how to put together a Command Center that will give all of your ‘action’ papers a home.
  4. Every morning when you apply your makeup get rid of 3 items you no longer use.
  5. Put a large basket in your closet and every day when you get dressed put 3 items in the basket that you no longer like and/or doesn’t fit. By December 20 you’ll have a nice amount of great clothing to give away to someone who would love to wear them. Encourage your entire family to do this.  Do the same thing in your coat closet.
  6. Every time you sit down to watch TV in your family room (or where ever you watch TV) take 5 minutes before the show starts to pick up and put away/recycle 10 items.
  7. Complete the laundry on the day you do it.  This means the clothing is folded, ironed, and put away.
  8. When you make a casserole for dinner make 2 of the same dish and freeze one.  You’ll love having these ready-made meals over Christmas break.
  9. Every time you put away items from the dishwasher find 5 items in the cupboards that you no longer use or are no longer useful and recycle or give them away.
  10. Right before you go to bed walk through the house and put 3 things away.

10 simple ways to organize in December – it really can’t get any easier and it’s all about taking action and getting things out of your life that are no longer useful, you don’t find them beautiful, and you don’t love them anymore!family wedding

I want to wish you a happy, joyous Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

6 Responses to 10 Simple Ways to Organize During the Holidays

  1. Ola Otto says:

    More great tips, Elizabeth! At least I can say we worked on #2 last year and will do more this year; I’m working on #5 as I put clothes INTO the closet; #7 already regularly happens (yippee); #9, well, it happened quite thoroughly as we unpacked and put things INTO the cupboards, only have a small stack/pile of things left to decide on. We are both enjoying the “blessing others” boxes that we have stacked up in the garage!!
    PS Wonderful picture! Ola

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I love the ‘blessing other’ boxes – what a great mindset to come from!

  3. Susan says:

    These are great ideas! I love the doing a little something everyday. It was refreshing to know I already do several of these things, maybe things are so bad! Happy holidays!!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Things are usually better than we think!

  5. Hazel B says:

    Loved the ideas in sets of 3 – I am going to write a piece for the January church newsletter called Take 3 and incorporate some of your ideas. In addition, I will write about taking 3 minutes to write down a prayer list instead of hoping to remember those prayer requests and taking 3 minutes at the end of each day to record the blessings and surprises of that day, like your gratitude journal.

    A trinitarian number reminds us that whatever we do and wherever we go, God is with us.
    Blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year, everyone.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Beautiful, Hazel! Merry Christmas!

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