Powering Through the Holidays: Tips to Help You Stay on Track

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Finished your shopping yet?  Planned out the Christmas dinner guest list? So many things to think about! Planning ahead and organization are key elements to staying on track this holiday season.

A stress free December means more time for you to enjoy the true meaning of the holiday. In the gallery below I have gathered 14 tips, including some fun free printables and products, that will help you get and stay organized!

  • Shopping Printables 1 of 14
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    Holiday shopping can get a little overwhelming at times! To avoid present shopping stress start off with a gift giving budget then break it down by group (family, friends, teachers, co-workers, etc). These printables from It's Always Autumn will help make your holiday shopping a little more manageable. I especially love the cost comparison printable since I'm always on the hunt for the best deal.  

  • Countdown 2 of 14
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    An event countdown clock is a fun way to count down the days to Christmas or other big event to keep you on track! This clock from Sharper Image can be set for any 3 events, and displays the number of days, hours and minutes that are left. Make sure to get Energizer® MAX® AAA batteries for this clock. 

  • Lights 3 of 14
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    Keep a few of these battery operated lights on standby this holiday season. They work great in your handmade wreaths or mantle decor. They can also save the day when a row of lights go out on your Christmas tree! Available at Christmas Lights Etc

  • Stocking Stuffers 4 of 14
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    Don't forget the stocking stuffers! I love this list of 155 stocking stuffer ideas from Organizing Homelife. You can also find her new list for 2013 here.

  • Receipt Organization 5 of 14
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    Always have a place to store your receipts during the holidays. You will regret not keeping all of your receipts in one place when something ends up not fitting, breaks or they just plain don't like. The girls at Eighteen25 used an envelope and included it in their annual DIY Christmas Planner. Check it out here.

  • Bring Batteries 6 of 14
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    Batteries are essential Christmas morning and sometimes Santa will forget them! Don't forget to have a nice stock supply of Energizer® MAX® batteries which have up to 10 years of shelf life so you'll always be ready.

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  • Gift Wrap Center 7 of 14
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    Have a designated Christmas Gift Wrap Center. Something that you can store and pack away each year. Check out this idea at I'm an Organizing Junkie. Also, to make wrapping presents a little easier this year, consider using only one wrapping paper for each person in the family. This will cut down your wrapping time and will make distributing presents under the tree a little easier.

     

  • Santa’s Survey 8 of 14
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    Take the guess work out of gift giving this year. Hand out a survey to your kids or even your spouse. This will guarantee happy gift recipients this year. Get the free Santa's Survey printable at Lovely Little Snippets.

  • Printable Gift Tags 9 of 14
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    Just in case you run out of gift tags this year make sure you have a back up plan. You can get these free printable holiday tags from Creative Index that you can print from home. Even cuter than store bought tags!

  • Candles 10 of 14
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    Everyone loves candles during the holidays but sometimes is just not worth the hazard especially when there are young children around. Consider battery operated flameless LED candles this year. Available at Christmas Lights Etc and requires 6 C batteries.

     

  • Baking Kit 11 of 14
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    Put together a baking kit! From ingredients, to supplies to packing materials! Having all of the items organized and ready to go will help make your holiday baking that much more fun! Check out what essential items Cleam Mama has in her Baking Kit here.

     

  • Holiday Meal Planner 12 of 14
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    If you do a lot of baking and cooking during the holidays then a  holiday meal planner is a great way to stay organized. First Home...Love Life has a large selection of free printables for your holiday binder, including a menu, shopping list and recipe organization. When Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around you can just reach for your handy holiday binder!

  • Thank you Note Organizer 13 of 14
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    Don't forget to send out your thank you cards! Easily manage Christmas gift thank you cards with this free printable from Organizing Homelife.

  • Christmas Tree Recycle 14 of 14
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    Be prepared for tree clean up! Check out this awesome tip from Oh Happy Day on how to create minimal mess! Don't forget, most cities will recycle your Christmas tree for you. Call or check your city website to find out when curbside pick up will be or where the nearest drop off is.

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