Happy Organized Holidays

November 14, 2013

I am so thrilled to be here today!  We’re going to be talking about how to keep the holidays “happy” by using organization and by taking a “less is more” approach.  So grab a pen and paper and let’s get to planning the happy into this holiday season!


Selective Scheduling

Begin by marking the essential activities and parties that you already know about.  Then after those dates are scheduled, also plan some margin within your calendar.  As more invites come your way, be determined to only commit to what will bring joy and peace to you and your family.  Leave out the activities that will be more of a drain than a fill.  Holidays can become busy so fast and not all of the activities are necessary and/or valuable.  Hold on to your family time, your down time, and your time to just relax.


Ask yourself, what do you want to do and what do you not want to do this year, then schedule accordingly.

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Tame the Traditions

I LOVE traditions.  Where the problem lies is when you set up too many traditions.  Traditions that after a few years begin to feel more like obligations.  In my experience, once you start with something, your kids will remember.  So be careful with what you bite off!  If you are feeling too much stress with trying to pull off each and every tradition, re-evaluate, and bring back some balance.  Often times, it is the little things that really count.

Be intentional and choose traditions that mean the most to you and your family.


Cruise with Correspondence

Holidays can equal the pressure to come up with a card, letter, photo, or all three!  There is also the duty of getting them sent to all of the appropriate people on time.  (Not to mention the challenge of making sure you have all of the correct addresses.)  Make it your goal this year to only do what you would like to do.  Just because you have done “x” in the past doesn’t mean you have to continue on that path.  If, it is or has been more of a burden, it might be time to get more creative!  There are many other options: update your family blog, send out an email letter, or call five people that you really want to re-connect with.


Decide what your goal is with correspondence and then set your plan in place.

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Gear Down the Gifts

About five years ago we put a plan in place to only purchase three gifts for our children for Christmas.  They get one item they want, one item they need, and one family gift – (gift of time).  This has been very helpful as we plan and shop for their gifts.  It gives us a clear direction and our kids know what to expect as well.  We want the emphasis to be on gift giving, but even more on love, time, and making precious memories together.  We have used the family gift to surprise them with tickets to a play, a Wii system, a trip to Disneyland, and even new pets.  (We have used big events we were going to do anyway and have tied them into Christmas.)  Keep in mind that the best gift of any season is truly that of time and availability.

Evaluate if you are giving your loved ones things they need as much as the things they want.


Be a Smart Shopper

Shopping can be fun, but shopping can also become a real stress.  Work to make it fun this season!  Start planning your gift lists now.  See what items you may be able to find online and purchase ahead of time.  Spread out your shopping and your spending.  Try to coordinate your gift shopping along with your regular errands.  Be sure to give  yourself a timeline to help spread out the responsibility.

Use technology and smart shopping to simplify and enjoy your holiday gift hunting.

So what did you jot down?  What things might you adjust this year to bring more happiness into your holidays?  Where are you going to plan and organize differently this season?   Wishing you and your family a very Happy Holiday Season!


Morgan is a momma on a mission to share some tried and true techniques that she hopes will encourage you as you focus on your health and home.  She wants to motivate you to be the very best you can be, by sharing about anything from workout ideas, to organizing closets, to squeezing in quiet times.  Join her on her journey at, Morganize with Me, as she attempts to control the chaos!  


Hi! I'm Morgan, the energetic and motivated, but also realistic girl, behind Morganize with Me. My mission is to share tried and true techniques that I hope will encourage my readers and clients as they focus on their health and homes. I believe in simplifying, prioritizing, and measuring progress one day at a time. When I'm not blogging, organizing, or exercising, I can be found cooking a simple dinner or spending time with my sweet family. My life is full and fun and somewhat messy too. A motto that I hold near and dear to my heart, is that less IS more. Unless, of course, there is an opportunity for another Chai Tea Latte or I'm shopping at Target.

9 comments on “Happy Organized Holidays

  1. I love these ideas. This year for the first time ever we are going away with family. Because of the travel we are only giving a very limited amount of gifts to the littlest kids. The rest will be family time. I wonder if I am going to stress myself out about NOT doing anything.

  2. Morgan – I absolutely LOVE every one of these tips. I want to hire you for a one on one holiday organizing session! 🙂 Our holidays get so out of control and I end up dreading them every year. We decorate too much, wait too long to shop and generally end up stressed out and not enjoying them. Last year we made an effort to be very intentional about the holidays. We had a family meeting and asked everyone what their favorite things were and focused on those only. It was so much better! Thanks for these practical and amazing tips!

  3. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the great tips Morgan. We too give our kids 3 gifts each year and I love the structure and purposefullness. Also it helps make gift buying creative and meaningful for all!

  4. Jenny says:

    Awesome tips, especially the one about how to keep the family from being overscheduled. And heck, I might even skip Christmas cards this year because Morgan said it’s okay if it means keeping my sanity! THANKS for all the tips!

  5. Deonna Wade says:

    Hey Morgan! I love this post and am so excited that you are a contributor. I have never been on this blog but it’s great too! I love your idea about the 3 gift rule for the kids. We can get SO out of hand buying toys for our kids that they will play with for five seconds.

  6. Haley says:

    Love these ideas, especially limiting to 3 gifts and being more intentional with gift giving. Less is more!!

  7. Harmony says:

    Great advice! I forget to think ahead and make lists of what I am shopping for and it ends up not being fun! Thank you!

  8. These are all great ideas, I wish I was always this organized at the holidays. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Evelyn Kelly says:

    Wow…I came at the right time as I am planning to buy gifts for my family members but so confused on what to buy. Morgan, your ideas will really be a great help for me. Thank you so much for giving such useful advice.

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