Organize Your Holiday. Create a holiday binder to organize everything holiday related for a relaxing and calm holiday season. Print out a free printable holiday bucket list.
We have only 13 more weeks until Christmas! I don’t know about you, but the last three months of the year always fly by for me. Time seems to move at warp speed and every weekend seems to be packed with some activity or another. This year with two kids in two different schools, our schedule seems to be busier than ever.
Organize Your Holiday
I want to be able to enjoy the holiday and make time for the things that matter most to me – spending time with my family and friends. In order to get prepared for the busy holiday season ahead, it makes sense that I will need to get organized. And since I know many of my readers feel overwhelmed this time of year, I thought we could do it together.
This new series, Organize Your Holiday, will help us get ready for the busy holiday season ahead of time so that we can slow down and enjoy all the magic of the season.
To get started today we are going to begin by gathering up the supplies needed to create a holiday binder. I love to use binders to organize because they are portable and easy to set up. They don’t take up much space to store either! I think once we create our holiday binders, they will be a great resource for many years to come.
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I chose a pretty fabric covered binder from Target. I like to choose pretty things for a couple of reasons. First of all, pretty is more fun! If it is more fun, I will be more likely to stay motivated to use it. Secondly, if I am going to have something sitting out on my counter or my desk, I don’t want it to be an eyesore.
You can certainly choose an inexpensive plain binder or even dress up a plain binder with scrapbook paper and stickers. Choose whatever works best for you.
Next, you will need page dividers for your binder. You don’t want to have to sift through all the paperwork that is going to end up in the binder. Now is the time to think about what you want to label your sections. Really think about what you are going to use your binder for.
Ideas for Holiday Binder Sections:
- Separate each section by holiday – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.
- Gift ideas
- Contacts/Address Book
- Home decor
I am not going to tell you how to label your dividers because we each need to make the binder work for our own families. However, I know it can be helpful to see how someone else is doing something, I am going to share what has worked for me.
Use Page Protectors
I also like to keep page protectors on hand. I use them if I don’t want to punch a hole in something. And I also use them for re-usable checklists I may create. The page protectors work great because you can write on them with a wet erase marker and use them over and over again! I use them a lot in my home management binder.
Create a Holiday Bucket List
The last thing we are going to do today to get ready is to create a Holiday Bucket List. Use your bucket list to write down everything you want to do over the holidays. Include all the ideas you have for where you want to go, what you want to do, who you want to see, and why you celebrate.
For example, I will include traditions we always do every year in October like carving pumpkins, having hot apple cider, and roasting pumpkin seeds. I will also include activities I would like to do such as visiting the pumpkin festival, drive to see the leaves changing, and go apple picking. We don’t necessarily do these every year, but we try to.
You may want to include your “reason for the season”. If you are religious, you may want to make faith a priority for your family to focus on for the holidays. Maybe you have always wanted to spend more time giving back to the community but can’t seem to find the time. Or you maybe you have recipes you want to try, craft projects to make, or gift ideas for your loved ones.
Write all of these things down in one spot. This is a great activity to do as a family. You might be surprised by what your kids or spouse would like to do that maybe you didn’t think of. I printed out a separate one for each month/holiday. That way I am not mixing Halloween ideas with Christmas ones.
At the end of the holiday, you can reflect on what you were able to do, what you did not have time for, and things that may have come up that you want to be sure to make time for next year.
Below is a free printable holiday bucket list you can print out to start recording your ideas.
Free Printable Holiday Bucket List
Download: Holiday Bucket List
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In the next post in the Organize Your Holiday series, I will be sharing printable calendars to use for planning when we will do all of the things on our lists. Pin this page so you can check back for all the holiday printables and ideas.
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