Foundations of Christmas Organizing – Part 1 of 3 – Your Christmas Notebook

Does Christmas stress you out?  Do you wish you could enjoy the season instead of just surviving?  Christmas Organizing will help guide you through creating a Christmas plan, including a Christmas notebook.  There are threemain foundations for having a less stressful Christmas season:

            Your Christmas Notebook

            Your Christmas Calendar

            Your Christmas Saving & Spending Plan

In this article,we will talk about the three steps to creating a Christmas notebook.

Step 1 – Gather your supplies.  When creating your Christmas notebook, I recommend using a 1.5-inchthree-ring binder, allowing you to add items throughout the year without having to change notebooks.  In addition to your binder, you will want to add the following items:

  • 3-hole punch
  • Extra wide dividers for 3-ring binder
  • Slash pocket folders
  • Photo pocket pages
  • Colored pencil/multicolor pen
  • Page protectors
  • Notebook paper
  • Zippered pencil pouch
  • Year-long calendar
  • Business size envelopes

Each of the above items will help you to get and stay organized, allowing you to have items you need at your fingertips.

Step 2 – Create your tabs. Your tabs should be unique to you and your Christmas planning topics. If you do not entertain or bake/cook at Christmas so those tabs would not be ones to include in your notebook.  Use the list below as a guide to help you create your tabs.  This list follows the Christmas Organizing forms that are available.

  • Saving & Spending Plan
  • Calendar
  • Gift Lists
  • Gift Shopping & Storage
  • Christmas Cards
  • Crafting
  • Decorating
  • Entertaining
  • Baking & Cooking
  • December Dinners
  • Cleaning
  • Events
  • Activities @ Home
  • Traveling & Vacationing
  • Christ-Centered

Use the above list as a guide.  I encourage you to add in any tabs that are an important part of your Christmas season planning.

Step 3 – Populate your notebook.  Now that we have gathered all our supplies and created our tabs it is time to populate your notebook with helpful forms, lists, andideas.

  • Forms – Christmas Organizing offers over 60 different forms to help you get and stay organized, helping you have a less stressful Christmas season.  Patrons of Christmas Organizing have access to all the forms to help them with their Christmas planning.  Click here to become a Christmas Organizing Insider (Patron)
  • Lists – Santa makes a list and checks it twice and so should you!  Including grocery lists, decorating lists, gift lists and more can help you keep organized and on task for the Christmas season.  Create your own or use pre-made lists from ChristmasOrganizing.com