Be Prepared for Holiday Shopping Days

The holiday shopping season is ramping up.  The Halloween decorations and costumes fill the store shelves. The Christmas items will soon follow.

I just heard that Amazon is now having a special “Holiday Shopping Day” sale this October.  This sale is called “Early Access Sale” day on October 11-12, 2022.  It will be two days of holiday deals. Other retailers are also getting in on the act by having early special deal days.

First there was Black Friday on the day after Thanksgiving. Then the sales started on Thanksgiving day. The last few years many of the Black Friday sales started a couple of weeks before the actual Black Friday day.

It get’s early and early each year!

And now there are these special “sale” days in October.

But before you bite at that lure of these special sales, make sure you are prepared ahead of time.


Planning Your Personal Shopping List

Do you know what you need to buy for your holiday decorating or party planning? If not, now is a good time to take inventory of what you already have.

  1. Inventory your decorations and/or holiday party items. If you took photos of your home during the holidays last year, they can give you a good idea of what you already have.
  2. List any items you know that need replacing.
  3. Check the prices ahead of time at your favorite online store.
  4. If an item on your list is not on sale or isn’t a fantastic sale price, you might want to hold off on buying it right now. It’s still early. Better sales may come along online or in stores.


Planning Your Gift Giving List

If you have a lot of gifts to buy, these early sales may be helpful. You can save some money, especially if the sales are good ones. It also helps you get a jump on the gift buying so you don’t end up rushing around last minute to get things. Plus it can help spread you gift buying budget over a longer period of time.

But before you even begin to purchase any gifts the first step you need to do is create your Master Gift List.

If you’ve been a follower of my blog for awhile you may have already created this list.  Now is the time to make your yearly update to it.

If you don’t have a Master Gift List, now is the time to make one before you do any shopping. This link to the Master Gift List will give you the details you need to create it.


Preparing for the Holidays

It’s so easy to get caught up in wanting and buying the latest and greatest Halloween or Christmas decoration. The professional marketers know exactly how to lure you in.  That’s why they are adding more “Special Holiday Shopping” days every year. They’re also trying to create that “urgency” to buy now!

If we’re not careful we can easily end up spending more money than we want to, plus have a lot more things that could end up as clutter in our homes.

Halloween is one day of the year and those decorations are usually up for only 3-4 weeks at the most. You still have to store them for the next 11 months. Christmas is only a little longer, usually from Thanksgiving to the first of the year.

Planning and preparing ahead of time will help you stay a step ahead of the marketers, which will put you in control.

The lists mentioned above are a great way to do this. On the Article and Blog Index page there are more helpful articles listed under the Holiday section.


I also have two eBooks available for sale on Amazon and Barnes and Noble with a lot of tips and ideas to help you plan and prepare for both Halloween and Christmas/Chanukah. You can still take advantage of the those “Holiday Shopping Days” because you will only be buying what you need or want according to your prepared lists.

How To Have A Fun, Safe, And Decluttered Halloween

Tips To Simplify and Organize Your Holidays







To a lighter load along the way.

Janice Scissors

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Deadlines Help With Decluttering



Have you ever had a deadline help you with decluttering? I know I have. Think about this for a moment.

Remember when you were having the family over for a holiday dinner or birthday party? How did you prepare for it? If you’re like most people you planned the food/menu for the dinner or party. Hopefully you shopped for most of the stuff ahead of time leaving just a few perishable items to buy last minute.

But what about cleaning the house? I always find it amazing that when I’m preparing for company I notice all the clutter laying around. I know the stack of magazines has been there for awhile. But now it looks real messy. The DVD’s and video games are overflowing the shelf under the TV.  How long have they been a chaotic mess? And when did the empty cups and dishes start accumulating on the coffee table and end tables? I didn’t realize the cat and dog (or kids) had so many toys laying around.

You get the picture. We become blind to everyday clutter until we know company is coming over. Then we start looking at our house through their eyes. 

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5 Simple Tools To Cut Clutter

I’m always looking for simple ways to cut clutter from my home. It doesn’t come naturally for me. Even routines and habits don’t seem to stick if I’m not constantly focusing on them.

So over the years I’ve come up with tools and systems that help me stay on top of the clutter so it doesn’t get a chance to build up too much. When you use these 5 simple tools as part of your decluttering system, they help change your mindset about letting go of things. …

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The Holiday Season Will Be Here Before You Know It!

Wild turkeys

It’s already September.  The holiday season will be here before you know it.

Last week I was walking in my subdivision and in the fields at the end of one of the streets I saw a flock of wild turkeys.  I zoomed in the best I could with my cellphone.  Those turkeys got me thinking about the upcoming holidays.

So I figured it was time to get started with the planning.

“A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.” ~ H. Stanley Judd

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Back to School Help

It’s that time of year again!  The school buses are rolling again or will be soon.


So I did a little research to find you a lot of helpful back to school tips.  Since I’ve been writing this blog (and the old Organize By The Month blog) for seven years now I figured a good place to start was with the old posts.

I found  a lot of helpful information plus many links to other sites and articles. Unfortunately there were several links that were no longer working.

So I reviewed all the posts listed below and either updated or deleted any links that were not working.  If however, you find a broken link please let me know.  I’ll fix it as soon as possible.

Anyway, I hope the tips in the posts below will help you and your children start off the school year on the right track.  That will help the whole year be more successful. …

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