With summer winding down, school is on the way--and so are rock-bottom prices on back-to-school needs!
During late summer, office supply stores engage in penny price wars, while discount stores bring racks of school supplies front and center ... and cheap!
Back-to-school loss leaders--products sold below cost to attract sales--are hot and heavy in the supermarkets these days--and even the crafts stores offer a variety of binders, stickers and backpacks at sharply reduced prices.
Ready to join the Christmas Countdown? Working together over six weeks from late October to early December, we'll prepare for the holiday season with daily messages, weekly assignments, encouragement and fun.
Your road map begins with the Countdown calendar. Setting out each week's focus, it'll keep you motivated and on track to an organized Christmas. Print yours today to be ready for Christmas:
Think "Christmas" ... in July? Sure, if you want to make it an all-cash holiday!
Holiday spending can be hard on the pocketbook--and bought on credit, "Christmas Day" can stretch into the new year for weeks or months.
Ease the Christmas cash crunch with creative ways to save money for Christmas! Financial institutions offer dedicated Christmas clubs for the disciplined, but savvy holiday planners have found other ways to accumulate cash for holiday spending.
It's that time of year for Webmistress Ming (author Cynthia's techie alter-ego!) and the Organized Christmas Elves. During the hottest days of summer, we hunker down under the air conditioning, and spruce up our site for the coming holiday season.
During the next couple of weeks, expect a few loose ends around the site. Behind the scenes, Ming will be updating forms and features--and sometimes, the process can get a bit messy.
We'll do our best to get all spiffed and ready as quickly as possible. But until then, bear with us!
Time to Spring Forward as Daylight Saving Time brings an extra hour of evening sunlight. This weekend, we'll set our clocks forward one hour as most of the U.S. adopts Daylight Saving Time.
Celebrate the seasonal change with a household safety checklist from sister site Organized Home. With links to safety resources and free printables, it'll see your household into the summer months, safely:
Lights are stored, the tree is down, and holiday decor rests in boxes in the storage area, waiting for next year.
Then you turn the corner and spot an overlooked Santa, shining on top of the piano.
In the refrigerator, the holiday butter dish hides the last remnants of a stick of butter. Holiday linens, napkins and kitchen towels pop up in the laundry area this week, next week and the week after.
Ready to start the New Year from a clean and clutter-free home? Try these post-Christmas clean-up tips from sister site, Organized Home.
These simple, do-it-now strategies can reduce clutter and conquer Christmas chaos. We like this one:
Sort Before You Stow
Once the New Year arrives, most families take down holiday decorations and store them for the following year--but too often, there's a sense of "sling it in there and worry about it later" when it comes to putting away Christmas ornaments, holiday linens and outdoor lighting.
This year, pay it forward: sort and declutter holiday decorations, linens and specialty cooking items as you store them. Cut the non-working, the tattered, and the tired from the herd as you put away holiday decorations. Has-been decor items can be recycled or donated; stained linens can be repurposed as cleaning cloths.
Streamline holiday decorating next year: sort before you stow!
Buying storage containers? Reach for square or rectangular shapes, rather than round ones. From food storage to laundry baskets, square shapes stack better and store more contents in the same footprint. It's hip to be square!