Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Get Yourself Organized for Christmas {Review}

Get Yourself Organized for Christmas: Simple Steps to Enjoying the Season
Get Yourself Organized for Christmas by Kathi Lipp
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Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publishing Date: September 1, 2015
Have you lost your Christmas joy? Does the thought of jam-packed malls, maxed-out credit cards, overcrowded supermarkets, and endless to-do lists give you the feeling that maybe Scrooge was on to something?

In Get Yourself Organized for Christmas, Kathi Lipp provides easy-to-follow steps to reduce the stress of the holiday season, including tactics for how to put together a holiday binder you'll use year after year determine a budget that won't break the bank gather your elf supplies get your gift list together (including ideas for various ages and relationships)collect your recipes and prep your kitchen

By putting into practice Kathi's tricks and tips, you'll finally be able to fully enjoy this most wonderful time of the year.
I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Buy a copy today! 

My Thoughts:
As with all of Lipp's books this one is just as practical. Stock full of ideas, advice, and helpful tips Lipp is ready to carry you through the Christmas season with ease AND help you avoid unnecessary clutter.

I don't even host Thanksgiving or Christmas, but I have kept a Christmas binder since 2011. I usually follow along with Organized Christmas, and while that is immensely helpful for getting started, it included a lot of days and printables I simply don't need. Kathi keeps her organization short and precise. Hitting only the things you really need to get to. She walks you through preparing for Christmas in 21 easy projects.

I'll share a bit of Project 10 as an example: "Gather Your Elf Supplies". Lipp gives us a brief three paragraph what-to-do-and-why-to-do-it summary. Next is the "Make it a Clutter-Free Christmas" section. Where can you stash your wrapping supplies? Can you find a cleaning caddy or basket to keep all the small items (scissors, tags) together? Simple. Last, "Kathi's Quick Tips" includes ways to keep wrapping supplies simple and cheap. Use a map or random buttons you find in your laundry room for decoration.

And voila! Project 10 is over! It seems overwhelming and time consuming when you first think of it, but really it takes about 10-15 minutes tops. Most of the projects are just as short, but if they are longer, they can easily be done while sipping cocoa and watching a Christmas movie. There are also several catch up days included in case you miss a project or two.

So yes, as you can imagine. I really enjoyed this book. I find all of Kathi Lipp's books manageable, realistic, stock full of ideas, and overall down to earth. Don't let Christmas overwhelm you! Don't wait until the last minute! Instead, enjoy the season, every moment, and overall give yourself grace. 5 stars. 

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