I know this time of the year can get hectic. This means that it’s definitely the time of year when everything has to be kept organized. Holiday organization is actually something I’ve had a lot of experience with over the years, because I come from a large family. I was the first of 7 children so you can imagine that the rest of my family is large as well. Let’s not get into the fact that two of my brothers are named Jacob as well so you know it’s definitely important to practice holiday organization.
Holiday organization to me is about several things. The first is of course getting all of your presents bought. I like to make a list for this. I write down all the families names. I try to do this as early in the year as possible so that I can look throughout the year and put things in our gift box. The gift box is definitely a lifesaver when it comes to holiday organization. I think I had about 10 gifts per child this year hidden away in the gift box. I was able to look through it for things we had found at the dollar aisle in my local craft store. You can find some great finds there for the smallest on your list. I constantly consider their interests when looking around. After that, I scour sales all year longs for the older people in my life. This year we had a store of things from our Greece trip to go to family!
Next, I like to keep all my supplies together. We have a container of wrapping paper and name tags ready to go. This year I hand stamped all of our wrapping. The paper we got was a little bit heavy though so it required a lot of tape. I think it turned out nice though. We were able to really give a little something that showed we were being extra thoughtful. If you don’t have time, I am a fan of any seasonal wrapping paper. I usually select kids paper and adult paper so that the kids can easily tell which presents are theirs versus the adults. It works amazingly if their interest is on the paper as well.
Finally, I like to create piles for what goes where. We have family in Japan, Arizona, and Tennessee right now. This means that I don’t want to ship presents that belong in Tennessee to Japan or vice versa. We drove the presents to Arizona so this would have at least made it easier to rewrap and ship things if necessary, but I was very careful to keep things separate. We had a pile for each person in each family. We labeled everything and got it in shipping boxes quickly, which helped a lot. It was less easy to confuse things in our holiday organization so long as we got everything packed up and out of the house as soon as each family was done.
Holiday organization is something that you have to perfect for your family, but I know once it’s done you’ll be stoked. You’ll be able to keep that holiday organization going year after year. It doesn’t matter if your family is large or small either. It’s best to be able to keep things as organized as possible so that you know what you’ve done and what is left to do. Holiday organization is something that I feel like I’ve perfected at this point yet there is still someone I am always rushing around to purchase something for, because I sometimes let my list fall through the cracks. You shouldn’t be like me. You gotta stay on top of the holiday organization.
I wish you the best of luck on your holiday organization. What kind of holiday organization do you use?