Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Christmas Binder

Back in July I shared my favorite websites that help me get organized for Christmas. You can check out the post here

My Christmas Binder is now ready to keep me organized and sane this holiday season.

I purchased a red binder from the Martha Stewart Collection at Staples. I also purchased the plastic dividers from her collection. I love the durability and look of her products.  

I divided my binder into the following categories: 
Gifts: This is my master gift list which I downloaded from Organized Christmas; I also included gift idea planner for Jim, Jacob and Alexa; an envelope for receipts and previous master gifts lists so I can look back to see what we have given before. 

Entertaining: I have the Rules of a Cookie Exchange (I will host one sometime in my lifetime); several cookies recipes I would like to try and my holiday menu planner.
Card List: On the Organized Christmas website you can download a Christmas Card List that lasts for three years. This is the best list I have found on the web.
Decorating: A room by room decor planner - I like to decorate each room and certain spots around the house with a theme; I also included a to-do list of chores I would like to complete before the holidays really begin, and my decor storage inventory so I can keep track of everything we own for decorating. 
Scheduling: My final section contains schedules - I actually have two schedules - one from The FlyLady and one from Organized Christmas. I don't follow each schedule exactly but I do use each schedule to help me remember the little things that can get lost in the busy holiday shuffle. 

So bring on the Holidays because now I'm ready.

Until next time,

This post was included in the Christian Home Magazine

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