The Organized Elf: Introduction

This is the first post in a three part series of how I am organizing my Elf on the Shelf. 

In Love

I don’t know about you, but I remember when I first saw The Elf on the Shelf. I was in love…absolutely thought it was the best idea ever! The excitement was so great I had one sent to our house directly from Santa Thanksgiving weekend. We arrived home from our travels and there sat a mysterious box. My kids were so excited!!! (I was probably more excited!) We opened it up…there he was…our magical elf!

We read the book (not a bad read the first few times through). We named him Elfred (gotta have that cutesy elf name, right?) And then the good times began.

Each night I would stay up and do the fun things we parents do with the elf. Our elf didn’t make many messes…we don’t need help with that! I had so much fun that first Christmas with Elfred, and so did my two sweet little kiddos.

Burned Out

Fast forward five years plus two more kids, and this momma is burned out…completely BURNED out!  Last Christmas, Elfred just moved from place to place. He wasn’t having his usual good time. Don’t get me wrong, the  magic didn’t disappear all at once. The antics became less elaborate and less often each Christmas season. But it really became apparent last year when there were days the poor guy didn’t move (whoops! I was pregnant and so tired…). I even advised another mom to NOT adopt an elf. It felt like a hundred more things to do, and I didn’t need any more on my proverbial plate.

But as I look back on that first Christmas, I can’t help but feel like I should rekindle my love for the little guy. My two younger kids need the magic too. Both of my boys are in the believing stage…my oldest daughter is on the gig and would often remind us to move it last year. And of course, the baby doesn’t know anything about it yet. I have many years of elfing left to do…so I decided to organize my elf on the shelf!

The Plan

This will be a three part series of posts of how I plan on loving the elf again!

Post two: Elf Round Up!

Post three: Organizing the Shelf


That title probably reveals just a little more about me. I am a momma to a teenager! (My four kiddos span 13 years…more on that later!)

My goal for you, as my follower (as part of my squad, if you will), is to help you feel connected to someone like you. Someone who is perfectly imperfect. I hope you feel an authentic connection with me as a woman who is just doing this thing we call life. I am a mother, a teacher, a wife, an emotional, fun-loving gal trying to get her ducks in the same general vicinity! Furthermore, I hope I can give you things to laugh at, ponder, and learn. My journey is to organize this unorganized chaos, but I know I have so much more to share! Join the reallife squad! #squadgoals