I would like to say my house is more organized than chaotic right now, but that would be a lie. As I sit here typing this post, I am surveying my living room and it is frightful. I thought the weather outside was supposed to be frightful, not the inside of my house! I have rolls and rolls of wrapping paper spilling out from under the desk, the cats are eating my tissue paper and the kids are shoving pieces of paper with last minute gift ideas for themselves under my nose. HELP! I need to get myself out of the disarray and into a more manageable state. Here is how I am going to do it:
4 Tips For Staying Organized During The Holidays
- Christmas Cards: As much as sending cards is a large part of many people’s holiday to-do list, it can be stressful buying or making and sending them. Consider sending e-cards this year to cut down on your postage bill and time spent at the post office.
- Cooking: Instead of sending hours in the kitchen this year, think about letting someone cater the meal. Many larger grocery store chains as well as HoneyBaked hams has affordable meal plans for the holiday dinner.
- Wrapping: Instead of using traditional paper wrap for your gifts, consider using your kid’s artwork, used newspapers or cloth bags. Print your own gift tags to save even more money from your holiday budget.
- Keep A To-do List: I am a list maker, and if I do not have one, it gives me a stomach ache! I try to use a more eco-friendly method to making my lists by using dry erase instead of paper.
One of my secret obsessions is staying organized all year round, not just during the holidays. I have been trying to figure our how to stay organized during the holidays and Three By Three out in Seattle has me covered! They have been in business since 1995, bringing you products to make your busy life beautifully efficient. They can outfit your home, office or dorm, with their innovative organizing solutions, which are a beautiful addition to any contemporary setting. Their magnetic strip bulletin board was the first of its kind, and helped popularize the magnet board category as it is today.
I have the Sort it Out Dry Erase Caddy and it has been a huge help in keeping me organized during the holidays. It is made from sustainably harvested engineered wood from New Zealand and has so many organizational features to help me keep my life on point!
It has a dry erase surface, a day-by-day planner, a magnetic strip with 2 super strong magnets, 3 rear compartments for files, magazines, mail, glasses, phones, and pens, 3 hooks for keys, coats, and bags. It is available in real bamboo, white, spring green, red, or magnetic stainless dry erase and retails for $40 on the Three By Three website.
To keep my to-do list up to date as well as for our homeschool lessons, I also have the Bamboo Hang On Board, which sells for $25. This product has revolutionized the whiteboard industry with its fresh, alternative dry-erase surfaces like my bamboo, as well as glass, silicone and stainless. Three By Three has also created custom promotional products and have worked with a broad range of clients, including Nike, Starbucks, Herman Miller, Bravo Networks, Nine West, and W Hotels. To complete the look, I have the adorable Shape Up Metal Dog Stainless Magnets. At just $7.50 for a pack of 5 black and stainless magnets, I can hang the kids artwork, appointment and business cards, coupons and more. Be sure to stay connected with Three By Three by following them on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. One USA reader will win one Sort It Out Dry Erase Caddy ARV $40.