With apologies to those who don't celebrate Christmas . . . As of today, October 4, there are only 82 days left until Christmas. I thought it would be fun to start a countdown--not that I'm excited or anything. I figure this is a great place to post organizing ideas, gift ideas, and such. For instance, today I found a great tip. I've mentioned before about purchasing stocking stuffers ahead.* Today's tip was to put a bags labeled with each person's name on hangers in the closet. As you purchase specific stocking stuffers for each person, you simply place them in that person's bag. Ta da! No more Christmas Eve confusion. Of course, those big bags of candy can just be divided evenly or according to space at the last minute. Please add your own tips, gift ideas, frustrations (maybe someone will have a suggestion), or whatever. Note: I'm leaving December 10 for Dallas and won't be back until December 15, so I'm counting on lots of help. *Right now you can get back-to-school supplies dirt cheap. After Halloween fun-sized candy will be on sale. Most will be sealed in Halloween bags, but the candy will be in standard packaging. As long as you leave it in the bag it will stay fresh.