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Saturday, December 24, 2011

{a place for everything} christmas edition

Christmas morning can produce quite the mess. Wrapping paper, boxes, and gifts litter the room, and it can seem quite overwhelming to get everything cleaned up, organized, and put away.  

Today I'm going to share with you my tips for keeping the mess under control, giving you a little extra time (and sanity) on Christmas Day. They are simple ideas that can be done ahead of time, with minimal prep, but will make a huge difference!

Pre-purchased Storage Bins

If you have purchased gifts that you know will need to go in a storage bin, or be organized...i.e. legos, lincoln logs, polly pockets, etc., purchase the storage bins ahead of time, and have them ready to go for Christmas morning. 

I like the clear Rubbermaid bins the best--they come in several different sizes, and can be found at several different retailers (I got mine at Target). I label them, but for little ones who can't read yet, the clear bins let them see what's inside too.


A place for each person's gifts...

Set out a box, bin, or bag for each person and label it with their name. When they open a gift, they can put that item in their own box, so it stays organized, and keeps all of their things together.  It will eliminate lost parts, items, and will help immensely with the clean-up process.  Kids will also have an easier time putting away their gifts if they're all together!

 Wrapping Paper Control

Set out garbage bags the night before, as part of your final preparations. As soon as a gift is unwrapped, the paper goes right into a garbage sack.  It takes 10 seconds, but will save SO much time in the long run.

Candy Bags

Santa usually stuffs our stockings with a lot of candy and small items, but he also brings Ziploc bags for them to go in!  When my kids dump their stocking out, I hand them a bag with their name written on it in Sharpie, and they can put all their candy and small treasures inside.  It helps them keep track of it all, it doesn't get scattered around the room, and the clean-up is definitely cut down. 

If you have any tips or ideas for keeping Christmas more organized, I'd love to hear them!

Merry Christmas!


Blogger Sherron said...

Wonderful ideas! Thank you for sharing! I am going to round up some boxes right now for my kids to put their stuff in tomorrow! Thank you!

December 24, 2011 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Mutti said...

We have made lots of assorted sizes of fabric bags into which we put gifts! This eliminates paper that needs to be thrown out on Christmas morning. Even the two year old has not peeked into the bags, as surprising as that may seem! We tie them with ribbons or cords used year after year. Even the labels are initials made of felt or laminated pictures or letters. Again, reusable. We have been doing this for years so know it is a very workable way to eliminate Christmas morning messes!

December 24, 2011 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger goobersbride said...

Thanks for sharing. I am desperate to get our home more organized, and feel like a 1 step forward 2 steps back kind of process. I wish you could come over and give orders! Your ideas are great. Thanks for being an inspiration and encouragement.

December 30, 2011 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Sailing with bare feet said...

Every thing on your blog is so stinking cute !!I am definitely following your blog!

January 7, 2012 at 12:38 PM  

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