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Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 9

40 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide […]

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  • [...] Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 9 » The Organised Housewife says: November 15, 2012 at 8:00 AM [...]ReplyCancel

  • Me N my Monkeys

    This sounds like something i need to join in with, to help keep me organised.
    What program do you use to create all your wonderful printables?ReplyCancel

  • Feeling a bit of dejavu here! Either that or I’m so organised I did todays xmas organising task yesterday:)ReplyCancel

Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 8 + 41 ideas to baby & toddler proof your Christmas tree

41 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide […]

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  • Lisa

    As it is summer in Australia and our slow combustion fire is not in use, we put our tree on top of the fire box & use cable ties to secure it to the chimney/flue so it won’t fall over. It is then too tall for little fingers to get to it & it won’t fall over.
    We have a fireguard around the fireplace already, so we decorate that with tinsel and put the presents on the inside of the fireguard. Sometimes the presents get put into those big Christmas cardboard/paper present bags that you can get from KMart & other reject type shops.
    There is normally one big bag per family so that when we go to a Chrissie party, we take the big bag for that family (so that presents are not left behind).
    So far we’ve had no issues with presents being pulled out of the bags (touch wood) or presents being opened because they can’t reach over the fireguard barrier.
    Loving this series Kat – getting especially inspired to do an advent calender and some craft this year!! Also loving the Christmas gift ideas – lots of beautiful things.ReplyCancel

  • last year I got removable Christmas wall stickers from aldi and put them up in the shape of a tree. This year Little miss is big enough to know not to touch and can help me put up the real tree!
    it’s the first time in 5 years that I haven’t organised the family Christmas (and I’ve sent your link to my sister in law). I’m having trouble letting go but it’s giving me time to make advent calendars and christmas bunting! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Ann

    I place my hand weights or heavy books into diaper boxes, wrap them in Christmas paper, and use them to create an unmoveable boundary around our tree. Attractive & relatively toddler proof.ReplyCancel

  • Kirrily

    I put my hand made and special ornaments up high on our tree, then bought cheap ones for the bottom half. The kids loved this arrangement, as they could put their own ornaments on and off the tree. in hindsight I should have left the tinsel off, as my younger boy did grab that and try to pull it out on one or two occasions. Last year they were aged 1 (just) and 3 1/2.

    I don’t think that there is a perfect solution, but this did work for us. It required a little bit of supervision, but the kids loved having the tree so it was worth my while.

    I also bought the Fisher Price nativity scene so they could play with that one and not go near my Willow Tree set! They went on sale late November / early December from memory. I think they are out on sale every year.ReplyCancel

  • Kirrily

    And I had a few fake presents under the tree that the kids were allowed to open (just some Christmas boxes that I used to store my favourite decorations). I put Santa, Christmas decorations that didn’t fit on the tree or one of their favourite toys in the box. They were excited to see what was in the boxes, so left the real presents alone.ReplyCancel

  • [...] If you have young children or babies but want to keep your tree up in the corner of the room, The Organised Housewife has some fab suggestions for babyproofing your handiwork. [...]ReplyCancel

Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 7

42 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide […]

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  • fiona

    those little houses are cute, but beofre everyone goes looking, arnotts stopped making the monring coffee biscuits over a year ago. i use them to make a nice lemon slice, and looked everywhere last week, and rang them, there is no substitutes either. so, for the house i’d use a malt biscuit, or a milk coffee, which would make the house larger, and more rectangular> i am not even sure it would work!ReplyCancel

  • fiona

    so sorry, didn’t look well enough, they are in fact ice vo vos!!ReplyCancel

  • Inspired...

    OMG… your worth every single cent!!! Your “Merry Little Christmas” Blog is getting me so excited for Christmas and all the little ideas are getting added to my to do list… the recipes and little craft ideas are priceless… my ordinary bottle of wine for a gift received some google eyes, pipe cleaner ears and a pom pom nose…looks so cute now… so excited to see what comes up next…ReplyCancel

Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 6

43 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide […]

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Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 5

46 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide […]

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  • I love buying chrissy wrapping paper. I always buy a seperate roll for Santa’s presents and don’t put it in a place where the kids can see it. That way you avoid the whole, “how come Santa used the same wrapping paper mummy used for Aunty’s present?” LolReplyCancel

  • Yay all done :) I organised my gift wrapping station when I completed the other station. I have already wrapped all my presents that I have bought so I think I am organised :)ReplyCancel

  • Sonia@NaturalNewAgeMum

    I have all my gift wrap, cards, scissors and tape in a plastic storage tub in the cupboard. So much easier to have it all on hand. I also have a tub for gifts that I pick up throughout the year.ReplyCancel

  • Abby Easthope

    Love checking back for your fun Christmas ideas every day!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Boyd

    I save last years xmas cards and using crimping scissors to cut out the pictures, ounch a hole, add a ribbon and hey presto you have a gift tag!ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    I think I will steal samantha’s card idea! I often buy colourful teatowels to wrap presents in, or else get my son to decorate newspaper or brown paper with potato stamps. People seem to like it – the presents end up looking nice and you don’t need to buy paper that is just going to get thrown out.ReplyCancel

  • definaetly going to do the Strawberry Sata so cute and look delicious x Thank you to my big sis for the link xReplyCancel

Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 4

47 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide […]

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  • Hi Katrina. I think you may have mixed up the recipe with the activity. I don’t know how the posters equal a recipe :P
    Loving the ideas tho. It is great to be organised again!ReplyCancel

  • Miranda

    If you’re into the more traditional Christmas calendar, and don’t have time to make something, we love our beautiful wooden advent calendar from Koorong. Then our advent calendar also becomes our nativity scene! I just put lollies in the little drawers with each magnet. The kids love opening the drawers each morning and adding the magnetic characters to create the nativity scene… and the lollies of course! :)

    http://www.koorong.com.au/searReplyCancel

  • Sam

    Hi, just wanted to let you know that my elf on the shelf came.It took 8 days form book depositoryReplyCancel

  • [...] up 24 books isn’t your thing, beautiful Kat from The Organised Housewife has a bunch of other Advent Calendar ideas for all you crafty types. Share this:PrintEmail Pin ItLike this:LikeBe the first to like this. [...]ReplyCancel

Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 3

48 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide […]

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  • MrsMcK85

    That Elf idea is the cutest ever!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • jsmith

    I wish I could pose my elf this cutely. I have to pose him high so the 7 yr boy can’t touch him. Love all these ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for including my calendar Kat. Loving this series too!ReplyCancel

    • Your welcome, your calendar looks like it will take the ease out of deciding what’s for lunches each week ;)ReplyCancel

  • fiona

    i tend to write people’s addresses in my phone/adress book, and also their names, and correct spelling of their kids names, so they are always correct. I also keep last years cards received, and return a card to those people the next year, and copy the spelling of the kids names into my address book at that time.ReplyCancel

Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 2

49 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide […]

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  • Lisa

    Wow – awesome series Kat! I had lost my Christmas mojo until now. Out shopping today for my Christmas station box/basket. It’s all very inspiring & exciting. THANK YOU {{{}}}ReplyCancel

  • I really, really, really, really need to sort out our Christmas photos for this year. We always wait until the very last minute to get our Santa photos (to avoid the queues) so it’s too late to use them.

    This year I want to do a photo booth set up. It could be fun or it could just be a lot of fighting over props.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I’m loving this series and will be following along with it closely :) However, I am a grammar pedant and noticed you wrote “edition” instead of “addition” under the rocky road Christmas trees. I’m sure it was a mistake, just thought I would point it out.ReplyCancel

  • felicity

    Kat, loving all these ideas :) going to find my Christmas station tomorrow and i’ll be ordering the Elf on the shelf tonight. Oh i can’t wait to start with the little Elf on the shelf. I’ve got two little girls 3 and 20 months. I Love this time of year and more so that i’ve got my own children.
    Also i love your site Kat it’s so helpful and motivating. Keep up your great work :)ReplyCancel

  • Jo @ Countrylifeexperiment

    Thanks for the Link! I’m loving the series!ReplyCancel

  • The best Christmas’ always start with a good list :)ReplyCancel

  • Jac @ Common Chaos Chronicle

    Photo Session is planned. Well not a proper photo session but Christmassy pic with the kids at least! Now, I’m off to check out that Xmas Tree Cake!ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Thank you for the tools tips and inspiration you can be so organized and still miss the simple things. I can now make a table piece that is going to go down a treat. I was very glum about the festive season but now I am excited. Starting a list of things to buy and do. Thank you ; )ReplyCancel

Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 1

50 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide […]

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  • I love the button trees! I’m heading to Spotlight today, so I’ll have to look for some buttons – they’d also make nice gifts for friends and familyReplyCancel

  • Task already completed. I was so excited last night to start another challenge that I got cracking on getting organised. Another idea for presents that I had last night is to give family presents. Family passes to the zoo or aquarium would, to me, be much nicer than my son getting another toy.ReplyCancel

  • Andree

    Task done! Step 1 over phew…….ReplyCancel

  • Loving this Christmas series already. Thanks for all your hard work.ReplyCancel

  • Just ordered my own Elf on the Shelf and plan to start the fruit for my Christmas cake this afternoon – I always use Melbourne Cup Day as my annual start date for the cake!ReplyCancel

    • I must admit I have not included the fruit cake in the task, I have never made a fruit cake, do you have a recipe you would like to share JReplyCancel

    • Ooooh, yes please share !! I’ve never made a fruit cake either but have always wanted to !! A “must add” task Kat !ReplyCancel

  • Becky Holland

    This is great, really gets me in the mood for Christmas!ReplyCancel

    • I’m totally in the mood now too, looking forward to decorating the house.ReplyCancel

  • fiona

    calendar done, fruit cakes made. advent calendar made. wall thing made. christmas station made.ReplyCancel

    • What’s the ‘wall thing’ you have made Fiona. I love decorating for Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Young

    I would be done if my husband would just get back to me with his after work meetings and any parties he has for work. I will pin him down after dinner tonight.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Kat,
    am so excited to be getting Christmas organised already! Love the button trees, am so going to make some of these! Ordered my Elf on a Shelf, this sounds like such a fun idea, have printed out and organised my Christmas Organiser, BUT
    PLEASE can you fix the typo on the Packing Checklist page (“feminie products”) AND
    I would love to see a few extra pages:
    * a “Handmade Gifts” planning page (similar to the Christmas baking and cooking page)
    * a divider page for “Miscellaneous”
    * a simple Notes page to coordinate with whole planner

    Thanks so much for the motivation and inspiration you provide.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha de Jesus

    love the idea of getting an early start. This may be just what I needed!!
    xxReplyCancel

  • Laren

    love christmas the best time of the year and all the crafts are so cute and fun to make!ReplyCancel

  • Laren

    SO keen to make the christmas tree out of buttonsReplyCancel

  • Jac @ Common Chaos Chronicle

    I love this post. So many great ideas :-)ReplyCancel

  • Victoria

    Hi I am wondering – Is there a way to download the calendars without providing details and creating an account?ReplyCancel

  • [...] You might have seen my Button Christmas Trees over at The Organised Housewife. [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] leave it all to the last minute – that’s just setting yourself up for stress! Check out The Organised Housewife for some Christmas planning [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] it, my need to make a comprehensive resource list forces me to share the all-in-one series by The Organised Housewife.  This 25 day series to get organized for the holidays includes loads of tips including ideas for [...]ReplyCancel

  • […] leave it all to the last minute – that’s just setting yourself up for stress! Check out The Organised Housewife for some Christmas planning […]ReplyCancel

What are your struggles each Christmas?

  What is your biggest struggle when preparing for Christmas? Do you find you: don’t have enough time to purchase gifts you always tend to spend more than you budget you have the best intentions to write Christmas cards, but don’t find the time you would love to bake more Christmas recipes you would like […]

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  • Rachy

    Trying to find what to buy and the money to buy all the presents. I swear it gets harder and harder each yearReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I would love to bake more Christmas recipes and also thinking of ideas for presents instead of asking everyone what they want.ReplyCancel

  • Marita @ Stuff With Thing

    I would love to bake more but the summer heat generally puts paid to those plans. No way I want to put the oven on in 30C+ weather.ReplyCancel

    • Bubbles74

      Try no bake recipes. Chocolate crackles, white Christmas, chocolate truffles made with crushed biscuits. The kids love getting involved in crushing the biscuits!ReplyCancel

  • My major issues with Christmas is sticking to a budget for presents and writing Christmas cardsReplyCancel

  • Annette Cruickshank

    Every year we are up half the night christmas eve wrapping the kids presents. We have 9 children so it is a lot of wrapping! We are so exhausted then for christmas day.ReplyCancel

    • We are the same!! We have 6 children and are up till at least midnight wrapping and arranging presents because you cant start until everyone is sleeping! Im ok with then getting up at the crack of dawn on christmas day, but its a good thing we do a huge cooked late christmas lunch at about 3pm, because hubby is usually snoring on the couch by 6pm and by this time I am too exhausted to organise yet more food! A cup of tea and early to bed for everyone!!!ReplyCancel

  • signaturelife.blogspot.com

    Getting the gift shopping done in time! I don’t like to wrap the kids presents until I have everything so that I can lay it all out to make sure it all looks even. The problem wit this is it’s always last minute.ReplyCancel

  • I feel disconnected from my friends, so sending Christmas cards is a big one for me. I’ve managed to find most of the kids’ presents already at home through the “20 days to organise…” challenge (score!), but ticking everyone adult off the list is hard.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Lots of last minute invites to events (kids classroom Chrissy parties, work social things, extracurricular end of year parties etc) + working double or triple the hours I normally would + special dietary needs = lots of last minute shopping / not staying on budget / messy house & not much sleep :-( Help!! I would also love to know other people’s thoughts on how they deal with Christmas and other people involved in their children’s lives (ie therapists, swimming instructors, teachers etc). Do you all buy something for all of the special people who share the care of your children?? If you do, what kinds of things do you buy?ReplyCancel

    • Bubbles74

      I usually get the kids to make something for the special someone’s in their lives. Last year we wrapped spearmint leaves & jaffas in red & green cellophane to make holly. This year we’ll be making tiny Christmas trees from small cotton reels & mixed size green buttons to hang from the Christmas trees. Takes a couple of hours one afternoon with the kids. It’ll be one of our Advent calendar activities again.ReplyCancel

  • Eli

    Buying presents for my dad and my brother who both don’t have any hobbies. Wine or Scotch have become the boring fallback presents.ReplyCancel

  • Ilona

    Working out what to buy the men in my life who won’t cooperate by telling me what they want!!ReplyCancel

    • Bubbles74

      I find this the hardest too. This year I got a Cudos deal for a flight simulator for hubby & dad, but still stumped for brothers & nephews.ReplyCancel

  • Terry Hansen

    Stocking stuffers always seem to be the last thing I buy and everything is so picked over. And for whatever the reason is, I do it again each year and wait until the last moment!ReplyCancel

  • Elissa Overton

    Christmas recipies! I also do some cooking, but would like to be more organised and plan ahead in time. I always leave it so late and feel rushed!ReplyCancel

  • Nic

    Sticking to a budget!! There’s always another great new idea or item that I find.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Haydon

    Yes!! All of the above. This is a very hectic time of year for my family. I work in retail, my husband is busy preparing school diaries for the coming year, Plus we have two birthdays in December. It’s a nightmare! I have already purchased your Organiser this year. I hope you can help coach me through this year. Counting on you Katrina ;-)ReplyCancel

  • The logistics of Christmas are my struggle. Figjring out who I need to give presents/cards to, what events we have on in the lead up, when to do christmas shopping so that I beat the rush and this year we are travelling interstate so I need to make sure that we have everything ready before we leave (and that family will have things like wrapping paper available for when we get there. Oh and I have always wanted to do something personalised for a card, but am never organised enough to arrange it before its too late.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    Gift ideas for teenagers and young adults that doesn’t involve money or gift cardsReplyCancel

  • Denise

    I would like to bake more christmas goodies.
    Plus I wish great things for presents were’nt so expensive. I do love that christmas is for spending time with family & friendsReplyCancel

  • Lauren Amundson

    I go way overboard each year on presents for the loved ones in my life. This year I have no option but to be good as we can’t spend hardly anything on presents this year. It will be nice to be forced to focus on the real reason for the season instead of all the commercial accoutrements.ReplyCancel

  • Bubbles74

    I’ve already purchased the Christmas Planner, but can’t print it. Do I have to pay again to get a printable version for my iPad? Feeling a little ripped off as I haven’t experienced this problem with anything I’ve bought from anywhere else.ReplyCancel

  • Bubbles74

    Christmas cards! Always great intensions of writing & sending Christmas cards to loved ones interstate & overseas as well as local friends, but most years it doesn’t happen. I’m heading out now to buy bits to get the kids making a card a day eachReplyCancel

  • Jac @ Common Chaos Chronicle

    Money is always our biggest struggle. It’s always tight so I need to budget everything!ReplyCancel

  • I have the card sending problem. I don’t know anyones address anymore, so that doesn’t help.

    For the last 3 years my siblings and I have done Secret Santa between us and our partners, It means that everyone gets 1 nice present instead of a heap of crappy presents. It has worked very well, as it is less stressful. Also we send an SMS to everyone who is involved in the Secret Santa with our wishlist, so we are all bound to get something we all wanted.ReplyCancel

NEW SERIES – Organise Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

  This year has just blown by so fast and I have to admit I am not ready for Christmas. Usually I start organising Christmas gifts in July at the mid year sales, but as I have had a lot going on personally, my head just wasn’t in the ‘Organising Christmas’ mood.   Did you […]

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Fathers Day Gift Ideas

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang Fathers Day is just around the corner, a day to celebrate with that special man in your life, for me that’s celebrating everything wonderful about my hubby and my Dad.  My dad has been through so much these past few months so we would like to make it a […]

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  • Jac @ Common Chaos Chronicle

    Heading over now to check it out. I don’t think I’ve ever met a man that has too many tools, there’s always something they could do with!!! LOL xoxoxReplyCancel

  • WOW! Your Dad’s shed is amazing!! How will he be able to decide to what to keep and what to give up? Great gift selections Katrina. I know of a couple of dads that would love any of those.ReplyCancel

{Inspiring} Mothers Day Ideas

I love the idea of being pampered and having a lovely restful day on Mothers day.  What do you enjoy most about Mothers Day?   Below are some really lovely quotes plus creative acitivities you can do with your kids over the coming week. Mothers Day  Clever hint to hubby | Putting on a party Breakfast […]

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  • Dani

    Wonderful … I love the poems!
    I would appreciate if you could share some ideas for donations for school run Mother’s Day Stalls …. we sell the donated gifts for $5 and under.ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Such super fun ideas Katrina , thank you for sharing ….got to show my husband now what he can do with the kids.
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  • Renee Simpson

    I will be flying back from Sydney on Mothers Day after seeing Strictly Ballroom the musical. Having some mummy time that weekend and then spend some time with my husband and 2 girls.ReplyCancel