I don't even pretend to be organized, but I have found one thing that makes my Christmas shopping so much better- the Christmas notebook. I went to do a "quick" Costco run this morning and was sidetracked by all the great new things they have out for the holidays and ended up getting a couple gifts, so I knew it was time to pull out my notebook. I got it a few years ago from the Michaels $1 bins and pull it out each year when I start shopping. It's very basic, I make a page for each of the kids, and then list any other people I will be shopping for on another page. When I buy something for Christmas, I write it down and put a check next to it. If I hear them mention wanting something, or have a great idea, I will write it down to remind me later when I'm shopping. It's also great to keep track of what you're spending on everything. I stash gifts in a big box up in my closet and when I got it down today I discovered 3 puffer jackets I bought on clearance last year, 2 cute sweaters, and a Halloween T I got for Mr. C - whoops. But I was excited that I'm that much closer to being done shopping for this year! (and glad I didn't pick up another jacket at Costco) I have a tendency to buy and forget, and then buy more, and then I don't return things, and it's money wasted. This notebook has been a lifesaver for me during the holidays, hopefully it can help you too!
I really like to make stuff: food, cards, scrapbooks, sewing projects, crafts, etc, but finding the time to actually DO those things without neglecting my home, husband, and kids is difficult! I love Dr. Pepper with a passion, and my husband Sam too! (and I use way too many exclamation points when typing!)