Last Minute Holiday Organizing + Organizing for the New Year

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe holidays sneak up on us fast. Being prepared is a MUST! Even though we are all very aware of what the season brings, the busyness can still take us by surprise. This is where I swoop in to help. Over the last six weeks, as a part of Staple’s Holiday Council, I have given you the tools and a plan of attack to handle the holidays with ease.

Here are a few last minute things you can do to prep for the holidays like a pro:

1. Wrap and stack your gifts in a central area. I wrap a few presents each day so it’s not so overwhelming. Your gift wrap area should be stocked with wrapping paper, ribbon and tags, scissors, tape, washi tape and other festive accouterments.

2. Restock your Party Pantry. Most likely you’ve already hosted at least one party for the holidays, so stock back up on your depleted essentials. Check out the supplies list on my earlier post: Holiday Party Pantry and Party Toolbox. If you’re feeling really industrious, go ahead and set up your Party Pantry for a years worth of celebrations and parties. Happy New Year, now Let’s Party!

3. Go through your wrap and decor stash to see what is missing. This is a great time to restock on paper, ribbon, and holiday decor because most of it will be on sale. There are some seriously great buys to be had. Psst Staples always has great prices and a nice selection, so your wrap stash should be set for the rest of the year.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Here are some great gift wrap accessories from Staples that I hand-picked to wrap my presents with this year. I got sensational results with this kraft paper with gilded ornaments wrap. It’s so pretty. I also love these really cool labels from Staples and Martha Stewart, their washi tape is one of my go-tos and I love their ribbon as well.

* note you can turn the kraft paper inside out and use the plain side to shake it up a bit.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA To organize for the New Year, make sure you shop for your holiday essentials in advance, that way you will have them tucked away waiting for you! You can now look forward to enjoying a pretty and nicely stocked Party Pantry. It’s such a wonderful surprise when the occasion arrives to be prepared. Make sure you keep your pantry tidy by disposing of any ragged bits of paper or wrap. Think about investing in a space-saving shredder to do the job (love the orange!). The shredder could also double as a confetti maker… hooray!

Have you heard of the Staples Copy & Print? You can actually upload and design everything from mugs & water bottles to wall art and even phone cases. It’s a really fun and creative way for you to organize your work space. I’m going to be sharing more organizing tips as we head into the new year, but why not start dreaming and designing for a little office update? Everyone could use a little inspiration there, that’s for sure.

*Everything you will need is at Staples (in stores or order online at with free delivery for rewards members or for orders over $19.99 for non-members). This post is in partnership with Staples. All opinions are my own.

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