Christmas Countdown Starts On Sunday!

Christmas Countdown

Ready or not, here it comes: the 2014 Christmas Countdown organizing plan begins on Sunday, October 26 here at Organized Christmas!

Led by editor Cynthia Ewer, we'll work together to create a calm, stress-free holiday season for ourselves and our families. Breaking down Christmas preparations into small, easy-to-finish tasks, the Countdown will see us to the first weekend in December, prepared and ready for Christmas.

Beginning Sunday, we'll start a six-week Christmas organizing plan. Week by week, we'll break down holiday prep into easy-to-complete checklists, build a printable Christmas planner, and read inspiring daily messages to keep us motivated and in tune with the holiday spirit.

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Ready to get organized for a great holiday season? Here we go! The 2014 Christmas Countdown starts on Sunday, October 26 ... see you there!

Halloween Treat: Haunted Gingerbread House

Haunted Gingerbread House

Gingerbread houses aren't just for Christmas anymore! Use our easy-build methods to create a Halloween Gingerbread House to brighten your autumn home or workplace.

Using melted bark coating or candy melts makes this craft simple enough for kids.

A black cat peeps from piles of pumpkins. Orange and black gumdrops light the path on Halloween night. Spiders creep and bats flap.

Don't miss our friendly ghosts!

House and Holidays Plan Week 8: Family Spaces

house and holidays plan

Christmas is a time for family, so center the season around a clean and organized family space. This week in the House and Holidays Plan, we take aim on the family room, playroom or family area.

Where does your family go to relax together? That's where we'll spend the week, cleaning and organizing shared spaces.

In holiday prep, the family room theme continues as we decorate for Halloween, review holiday movies and music, and craft a holiday housework plan.

Mailing deadline: mail overseas gifts this week!

Family Space Week Assignments

Witches Brew: Spooky Halloween Drink Mix

Witches Brew in a Cauldron

It's simple and sweet, a Halloween treat: Witches' Brew!

Combining apple cider drink mix, Halloween candy treats and a free printable gift tag, Witches Brew is easy to make and give.

Use small black salsa bowls from the Dollar Store to make Witches Brew in a Cauldron, or use creative packet-folding and a licorice rope "broomstick" to make broom-shaped Witches Brew packets.

Add free printable gift tags or bag toppers to make an easy Halloween craft.

Add Witches Brew to Halloween BOO baskets, share with co-workers or make it in multiples for Halloween party favors.

You've Been Booed! Halloween BOO Signs and Poems from the Web

Printable BOO signs and poems

It's that time of year! Have "You've Been Booed" signs been popping up in your neighborhood?

We've got a tasty selection of You've Been Booed poem and signs to print, but if you want something different?

Join the fun with these free printable BOO signs and BOO poems from the Web!

Whatever style you prefer, these free printables will help you start the Halloween BOO tradition with your neighbors and friends:

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