Christmas

Christmas Clean Up

Christmas has come and gone, which means it’s time for the dreaded Christmas clean up. I love decorating my house for Christmas. but the clean up part is never as fun. But, I have a few tips that might make it a little easier!Quick Side Note:I did a post about Christmas Clean Up last year on my teaching blog, Yeehaw Teaching in Texas so that’s why some of the pictures are watermarked that way. This post does contain affiliate links too!  : )

TIP #1: Use plastic containers.
First of all, let me go ahead and make a confession: I have an addiction to plastic storage containers. I had to get that off my chest. I use them to store anything and everything. They just make storage so easy and they stack so nicely in the attic! Invest in some good storage containers, trust me you will use them for YEARS to come! Buy sizes that fit your needs! I use an extra long one (like this) for storing floral picks and other odd shaped decor.

The only thing I don’t put in a plastic tub, is the tree. I’ll admit,  putting up the tree is the worst! It’s still amazing to me that somehow my tree mysteriously fit in a box at some point. I learned a long time ago, tree storage bags are the way to go! Just make sure it will fit through your attic hole, some of them get really big. 

TIP #2 Label…twice!
I think it’s really important NOT to to just cram as much stuff as you can in a plastic storage container for the sake of saving space. You won’t be able to find anything and you will want to kick yourself the next Christmas. A few years ago, I spent a lot of time adding labels to my boxes AND lids! I used these labels and typed exactly what was in each box. Clean up is such a breeze and I don’t spend time trying to remember what I stored where! 
Just print off two of every label, one for the bucket and one for the lid! It really helps you save time and not play musical lids!

Tip #3: Make the containers work for you!

I really love the plastic containers with the cardboard ornament dividers too, but don’t let them hold you back! Arrange them to make your ornaments fit! Don’t forget about Ziploc bags too!

TIP #4: Throw it in the box.
Okay, don’t really throw it; but you really don’t need to spend tons of time wrapping up individual ornaments. If ornaments aren’t super special or fragile, they are usually fine! Your plastic containers get carried up to the attic and sit there for 11 months (or 10 if you put up Christmas early); and get carried back down. They really don’t need a lot of protection. : ) Leave ornament hangers on too!

 Tip #5:Clear the Clutter!
Before you start throwing things in plastic bins, make sure it’s things you really want to keep!  Make any repairs needed and throw away lights that no longer work, etc. It’ 
s also a great time to buy Christmas items on sale!

Oh and those Christmas Cards!  I just adore Christmas Cards and love making them into a book at the end of the season, but be honest with yourself. If you know that you will never do anything with them, toss them! You can read more about creating a Christmas Card book HERE. 

Spend a little extra time this year getting everything cleaned up and you will be thanking yourself next year! Happy New Year!


 

Christmas Card Books

The Christmas Clean Up has officially begun! It’s so sad when the season ends, but it feels so good to get everything put away and organized! : ) I am going to be popping in this week with some tips and ideas for putting away the season! This post does contain affiliate links. 

Christmas cards are one of my favorite holiday traditions. I skip to the mailbox everyday in December looking for holiday cards. At the end of the season, I can’t just throw them away! So, I  create a book using all of the cards I received for that year! I started doing this in 2013, so now I have a little collection of Christmas Card Books going! I display them on my coffee table throughout the season and guests always enjoy looking through them!

Want to make your own? Here’s how:

1. Hole punch each card. I just use this and punch two holes!

2. Print this 2017 book cover  for free!) or create your own! I print mine on this paper and run it through this for extra stability!

3. Hole punch the cover and put everything together with metal rings! Super easy! Add fun ribbon if you are feeling extra festive!

Before you kiss Christmas goodbye for 2017, be sure to check out all of our Christmas items on SALE! Save up to 40%! Shop HERE. 

 

Happy December Gifts

December is just around the corner; which means gift giving is in full swing! One of my favorite things to do is give a little Happy December gift to friends and family. What is a Happy December gift? It’s just a little something that can be enjoyed the entire month of December. There are so many fun, seasonal gifts; but if you wait and give them on Christmas Day they can’t be enjoyed until the next year! Sad face. Here are a few Happy December gift ideas that can be enjoyed through the holiday season. Any of these items also make for a great hostess gift! 

1. A Book: I think I read this book for the first time in 6th grade, but it’s even more meaningful as an adult. It’s just a classic. It still makes me laugh…and cry!  It can easily be read in one sitting or read aloud to a family chapter by chapter throughout the season. If you have never read this book, it’s a must read this December! A family advent devotional also makes a great gift!
2. An Ornament: Need I say more? Attach to a bottle of wine and you are set! Check out all of our holiday ornaments and decor items!
3. Holiday Sign: Everyone loves a new sign to display for the month! This one is my favorite! We have a few left in our shop!
4. Holiday Dishes: My mom always had a stash of fun Christmas dishes that made their appearance once a year. They made eating anything a little more fun. I love this farmhouse set and these smaller ones for appetizers!

Oh and Happy December gifts are especially fun to give kids! Here are a few of my favorites to give your own kids or other special little ones.

1. A Craft: This is the perfect gift for a 4-8 year old that loves to color and craft…their very own wooden nativity scene to color! This is a one of a kind gift that will be a treasured keepsake forever! It comes with crayons, but any crayons or colored pencils can be used to decorate.
2. A Nativity Set: I absolutely LOVE this Fisher Price Nativity Set because even the littlest ones can enjoy it! The angel on top even lights up! I can’t even handle it! ADORABLE!
3. A Puzzle: I found the cutest Christmas puzzles in the Target Dollar Spot for $5, but of course I wrapped them before getting a picture!  I love this one from Amazon too!
4. Books: It’s probably worth mentioning that I am an elementary teacher! : ) I feel like I give books for every occasion, but they are such a great gift for everything! Click any of the books below to learn more or order!


Oh and of course, I want to give you a Happy December gift too! I made a holiday playlist that I would love to share with you on Apple Music! Just click HERE and add the playlist to your music! It will be updated all season long!

FREE Holiday Organization Printables

Santa and I have a lot in common when it comes to Christmas organization. We both like to make a list and check it twice!  Believe it or not, I start my list making at the end of October. It’s so much more fun to shop for people and address Christmas cards when you aren’t under that time crunch. It makes me so sad when people talk about the holidays being stressful, they don’t have to be! I want to help you get a jump start on those lists by sending you these free printables.

Just print them out and tuck them in your planner (Oh how I love my planner!) or purse. Have a few extra minutes in the carpool line? Start thinking about who you need to buy gifts for or jot down a few things to start thinking about …Christmas cards, Travel plans, Hostess gifts (I have you covered!)…Trust me, you will feel so much better if you just write it down! Just enter your information below below, confirm your subscription and you are ready to get jump start on your holiday planning with these free printables!