Effective Holiday Gift Shopping Organization and Planning | + Free Printable Holiday Shopping List

Effective Holiday Gift Shopping Organization and Planning | + Free Printable Holiday Shopping List | www.annemariemitchell.com

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holidays are arriving soon--and oh, you know what that means. 

Stampeding Women. Salespeople you want to stab. Empty wallets (a.k.a Crying husbands). 

Just kidding. But not really. Although the holidays are fun-filled it can definitely be stressful--like pull your hair out stressful. So translation = we're all balding. Time to add a weave to the Christmas list.

Our lives are already busy enough without trying to get the holiday shopping in a reasonable time and with sanity in tact. I've run the gauntlet a few times and pieced together what keeps me on track. 

These holiday gift shopping tips will help you stay organized and timely with a laid out plan. My free Holiday Shopping List Template will help you sort out who to buy gifts for and how many gifts you need with a helpful checklist to remind you of anyone missing. Budget your spending with a list of prices and totals for each person. Just check off which presents have been bought and wrapped and you have yourself an organized life--just in time for the holidays. Yay, gift to yourself! 

EFFECTIVE WAYS TO PLAN YOUR HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPPING:

PLAN AHEAD OF TIME

Start your holiday shopping out by getting a good idea of what you want to buy for people. Begin planning by perusing possible store options on the internet (nice and easy since you can do this from the comfort of your own home instead of aimlessly walking around the mall).  After that, simply put aside a day in your schedule that you will shop for presents--either in store or by ordering online. I abide by a rule of buying presents at least one week in advance if bought in store and three weeks if ordered online. This generally ensures that my wrapping gets done and doesn't look like a baby teethed on it. 

WRITE OUT NAMES & GIFT IDEAS THEN ELIMINATE OPTIONS

You want to make sure you are buying meaningful gifts for meaningful people. Buying 50 billion cheapo presents for any random Bob and Joe acquaintance isn't going to leave you or them feeling fulfilled. Write down the names of people who have had an impact in your life or invested time in you--and invest in them in return. Once you find some gifts you think the people on your list might like, save them to your shopping cart and/or bookmark the website. Take some time to think about each person's personality and what they would really enjoy. Then narrow down and eliminate the items until you have picked the present you know they will love. Write it down on your list to keep track.

"Meaningful gifts for meaningful people--a way to invest in those who have invested in YOU" [Tweet this]

SET A BUDGET AND STICK TO IT

Having a budget will ensure you are spending your money with more thought for each person (and keep your wallet in tact and holiday debt at bay too). A budget will keep you thinking, "Would this gift be special to that person while also being a reasonable price for myself?" This way you are being fair to you and fair to the receiver. No more holiday gift resentment--on either side.

KEEP TRACK OF BOUGHT VS. WRAPPED GIFTS 

I can't tell you how many times I've bought a gift in advance, then put it aside and forgotten about it. You know what that means? Crappy last minute wrapping jobs à la moi. OR the reverse situation has happened and I somehow think I've bought a gift for Sally when in reality I've bought one for Betsy. You can avoid epic life failures like this by checking off exactly who you've bought and wrapped gifts for. That's why a cute little "check" space is on my free printable list. 

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Holiday Gift Shopping List

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Jewelry Storage & Organization Tips

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I finally found the perfect method to store my jewelry. Finding a great storage and organization solution has drastically dropped my time spent hunting for missing jewelry or finding myself yet again detangling a billion necklaces and earrings. I can now find and pick out what I want to wear with ease and have it double as a cute display piece too. 

Depending on your space and how much room you have, you might want to organize your jewelry in a specific way. There honestly aren't any rules--it's what works best for you, saves you the most time, and of course looks the most attractive. The tips below are what I've found works for a variety of different set ups and space limitations. 

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J E W E L R Y   S T O R A G E   &   O R G A N I Z A T I O N    T I P S:

S T O R A G E:

1.) Recycle & Re-use- Your jewelry storage system doesn't have to be expensive. I make it a practice now to save any old cardboard jewelry gift boxes, shoe box lids, the glass containers of used candles, or anything that I can re-use or re-purpose into a storage unit or divider. You can even use paint or duct tape to make them all look universal and the same color. This is a great way to save money and time.

2.) Use the internet to your advantage- I have found so many useful (and cheap!) storage systems by simply searching it online. Websites like Amazon and Etsy are a God-send and make finding anything you need a cinch. I found my hanging jewelry wall display after only a few clicks on Amazon. Online searches give you the power to find exactly what you want at the price you want too. 

3.) Think about what will store the most using the least space- This should be the key factor and consideration of any truly useful storage system. I love how my hanging wall display is so utilitarian since it can hold anything from earrings, to bracelets to necklaces. This makes it so much easier to quickly find what I'm looking for. I can even pair matching jewelry together to create different looks--just with a mere glance. Having the majority of your jewelry in one or two places is ideal to cut out the clutter and save you room. 

4.) Go on the hunt- I know it's sometimes hard to fight off the feeling of needing to find everything you need at once. I'm telling you though that it's most often worth it to wait it out and find storage items you truly love at a great price and can use for a long time. You might even find the perfect storage item by accident this way. I found the perfect drawer organizer on a random trip to Target when I wasn't even thinking about my jewelry storage. 

5.) Store it where you get ready- If you typically get dressed and put on your makeup in front of a vanity in your bedroom (see mine here), store your jewelry in or near that area. This way, everything you need to get ready every morning is located in one, easy to find place. I guarantee it will chop your morning routine in half. As a general rule though, try not to store jewelry (or makeup) in a bathroom. The heat and steam from the shower will cause your jewelry to tarnish and dull and make your makeup products grow bacteria. 

6.) To display or not to display?- Before investing in any jewelry organizer, you should decide what your room allows space-wise and plan accordingly. If you already have a million picture frames and hanging displays on your walls, then a hanging wall organizer might not be the best match. It's all about keeping things organized, neat and attractive to the eye. 

O R G A N I Z A T I O N:

1.) By color- I like to arrange things based on what is the most visually pleasing while useful at the same time. Organizing jewelry by color will help you to quickly choose and pair the jewelry that matches your outfit or mood for that day. 

2.) By expense- I don't personally like to keep my expensive jewelry out on display--I would rather save it from damage in a more enclosed and protected space. I keep all my nicer or more sentimental jewelry tucked neatly away in a great jewelry organizer I found at Target. I keep my cheaper jewelry on my hanging wall display where I can easily get to it for every day purposes. By keeping them separate, I can easily find the jewelry that I would rather wear for special occasions while knowing it's kept safe. 

3.) By set- If you have a lot of jewelry that comes in sets (matching earrings, bracelet, and necklace, etc.), then it's a great idea to keep them together. This will save you the hassle of looking for or losing pieces to the set all the time. I keep some jewelry sets in the little dividers attached to my jewelry organizer from Target. 

4.) By jewelry category- Keeping jewelry together by category (necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc.) will help your eye to glance over your collection and find the type of jewelry you want to wear right away. That way you won't have to waste time searching for earrings tangled up in your other categories of jewelry. 

5.) By size, shape, length or durability- Jewelry of the same proportions stores much better together and will give your collection a seamless, neat and sleek look. If you are looking for a long necklace to wear for example, it helps to have a section where you keep all your long necklaces. That way, you automatically know where to look instead of misplacing things. 

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