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Simply organized for Christmas

Tips for an organized Christmas season.

Christmas will be here before we know it. My secret for enjoying the entire holiday season is to  STAY ORGANIZED. After all, we are of a very savvy age – who needs to be stressed? Let’s enjoy ourselves.

You might remember on my last post (HERE) I mentioned that I would be sharing a free gift with you? Well, here you have it…..I have created some organizational printables to help you stay completely on track. YOU NEED TO SAVE THESE TO YOUR COMPUTER AND PRINT FROM THERE (I haven’t figured out how to make it easier for you yet…sorry ’bout that)

I’m a list-maker and I love to plan things out in advance. I plan my planning time I am a list maker extraordinaire. I always have been. When I was little I once wrote a list of all the toys I owned. I listed the boys that I liked…LOL..there were a few. Lists of my favourite shows or books, things I wanted to do, shows I wanted to see…there was no end to my lists.

You could say I had and still have a lust for lists!!! It usually involves a nice hot cup of tea and something sweet to nibble on. It’s a real process. Steve has to be in another room so that I have no interruptions what so ever. I mean seriously…this is a big deal for me. When I have finished writing a list I read it, then I read it again. It is a form of art or maybe therapy for me…lol…Half the time I make a list and lose it only to have to start all over again…but that’s ok because having to do it all over again is the next best thing to….OH never mind!!

It only stands to reason that I should come up with this very savvy binder to keep all of my plans, lists and inspiration in one spot.

THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE KEYBOARD

I know there are a lot of apps out there to help you stay organized and of course, you have ‘notes’ on your phone but did you know that It has been scientifically proven that the act of physically writing something down rather than typing it helps us remember things better? I cannot say that I have personally read this very important scientific discovery but I can tell you that I find it so much easier to jot things down rather than type a huge list on my very tiny phone screen. I also keep a notepad beside my bed at night. If something is bothering me during the night I write it down. A)- it allows me to put it to rest so that I can rest and B)- I’ll actually remember it in the morning. If I don’t record it during the night it is just like a dream…you know you had it…you just don’t remember what it was about.

There is an actual art exhibition by Alice Instone that seems to confirm that the world’s list-makers are women.

‘The Pram in the Hall’ featured to-do lists of public figures and they reveal so much about the juggling that goes on in women’s lives. You can read about it here in the fantastically headlined Guardian article: “Save the World then Ice a Cake”

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/mar/06/womens-to-do-list-exhibition-alice-instone-emma-freud-jilly-cooper

Life is so much easier when you know what needs to be organized and how to keep it all together. Once I printed my organizational planner I bought a simple and cheap binder from Target.  I don’t know about you…but I love office accessories. It is a rare occasion that I can go to the office department and come out empty handed. I am a sucker for sticky notes, fancy paper clips and all other office essentials.

To set up my binder I purchased these really pretty dividers, some labels, fun tape and sticky notes all from Target. You can be as creative or as simple with this as you’d like.

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IMPORTANT NUMBERS

The mother of all pages! This is the most important page, in my opinion. There are days when I cannot remember my own name never mind the name of my bakery. I’ll start in the ‘A’ section of my phone only to find their number all the way down in the ‘S’ section. No more fussing through your contacts on your phone or Googling numbers. Give some thought to every service you can see yourself using throughout the holidays and record their numbers here.

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DAILY TO DO

Monthly calendars are fantastic for writing down all of your events and parties and I have included a December page for you.  I like to have a daily -to-do- list as well. I will print one of these pages every week from now till Christmas. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than writing out my list and seeing everything crossed off at the end of the day. If for some reason something doesn’t get done on a Monday it simply gets added to Tuesday. I just keep carrying it forward until eventually it gets done. I am pretty detailed with my list. If I know Steve is waiting for his favourite football t-shirt I will add a note to do a load of laundry. Other things will be shopping, specific chores, calls to make, reminders for all of my errands and etc. This list should be everything you can think of that needs doing that day. It doesn’t have to be in any particular order…just start jotting. There is no better feeling than looking back at the list at the end of the day and you have scribbled a line through everything….sigh…it makes me want to do a happy dance. Yes…I know…I am a lil’ bit pathetic.

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CHRISTMAS GIFT PLANNER

I love to sit down and plan my gift giving.  It is especially fun with the little ones. If you ask them what they want for Christmas it changes day to day…heck, it can change in one TV show if they like the commercial!! On my Christmas list planner, I am sure to have updated sizes for the kids, especially shoe size! I am certain Savannahs feet grow every month.  Honestly, you have no idea how many times I am out shopping and have to text Maxine…What size shoes for the girls? She must think I am completely out to lunch…I call it Nana-brain! If I know where I am buying the gift from I will record that as well. I love to online shop…especially at this time of the year. It makes life so much easier. If I do find myself at a mall it is usually for some hangout time with a friend which typically involves Starbucks or a restaurant to enjoy a glass of wine. Fa la la la la

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CHRISTMAS PARTY PLANNER AND DINNER PLANNER

I plan everything out ahead of time. I like to have my guest list and contact information at my fingertips. I also write down the date and the theme….always a theme!! LOL For each event it is a good idea to list all of your contact numbers, menu and decor ideas too. If you like to entertain I suggest you print a couple of these to help you stay completely sane! Typically  I would have a list similar to this that I keep hung up inside one of my kitchen cupboards hidden away. By the time I am finished with it there are so many updates and doodles on it I’d be embarrassed for anyone to see it. This year I will have a few of these in my binder and instead of doodling all over it and covering it with coffee stains it will be neatly organized.

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RECIPE

This is a great page to have. Often when you are hosting dinner parties you go out of your way to make something special. I like to write down the name of the recipe and my source as well. If I get it off the internet I write down the site and conversely if I get it from a recipe book I write the name of the book and the page number. It keeps it really simple when you are ready to make it.

In the ingredients area, I don’t write down the entire recipe…it’s already available at my source. I only write the ingredients that I need to purchase.  I love having a NOTE area where I can remind myself to pick up a bowl or platter to serve on or buy some extra greens for presentation.

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STOCKING STUFFERS

This is seriously an important list. Do you ever find that there is always one person that is so easy to buy for? You just know everything that they are going to love and you end up with way, way too much for that particular person…and the others are…well…’they got nothin’ This page is going to keep you on point. Once I have a few items I will record it here and then take a photo of it. When I go shopping I can refer to the list and purchase with confidence. I will update it as needed and take new photos each time.Christmas organization -Christmas printables - Christmas binder - Christmas inspsiration

INSPIRATION

I love this page. I have pages and pages of ideas for my décor. It will be perfect for me to have one spot to write down all of my ideas for Christmas decorating. If I see a page in a magazine that inspires me I can rip it out and tuck it into the plastic page cover…no more scratching my head trying to remember what it was that I liked!

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CHRISTMAS DÉCOR

I have printed off a number of these pages. I will use one for each main area that I am going to decorate. ie- living room, dining room, kitchen, front entrance, side entrance and etc. I’ll have an idea on how I see my decorations being arranged in a specific room and then I’ll write down the idea…who knows maybe it might actually get done! What a concept!

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THANK YOU

Nothing says thank you like a handwritten thank you card. If you missed my blog on the ‘lost art of letter writing’ you can find it HERE I have never encouraged the girls to write thank you notes before. Savannah is 8 years old and certainly old enough to follow up with a quick little note. Lilah can always draw a little picture and write her name. I think it will be fun for them to stamp the envelopes and pop them in the mail. I am picturing the walk to the mailbox. It is only 2 blocks away but I just know it will be an adventure!!! LOL Another idea is to save the gift tags and write down what was received on the back of the tag. Tuck them into your plastic page protector and when you are ready to write the thank you notes everything is organized.

 

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THE CHRISTMAS MEAL PLANNER

This is for the BIG dinner. Family time. Lots of room to list what you are serving and plenty of space for your grocery list as well.

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OVEN TIME

Usually, when I am entertaining I have a master list with the food and the time sitting beside my stove just to keep me on track. I don’t know about you, but this is going to be a tremendous help to me. Steve says having the meat and potatoes ready at the same time is the recipe for a perfect marriage.

 

I am so happy with the way this binder turned out that I am actually going to continue making other printables available to use throughout the year. Instead of my binder being a Christmas binder it is now going to be my Home Org Binder. One for the Canadian Club-house and one for the Corner House. As a Snowbird with two households, (and many of you have cottages too) this is going to be an awesome one-stop shop. The wheels are turning girls….more to come on this!

It all goes so fast, the season comes and the season goes. I honestly hope that in some small way this post will help you stay organized and on point this Christmas season. I mean think about it…Christmas Eve is one month today!!

So grab your pen and grab your paper and get at it.

 

What do you think of the organizer? Is there something you would have added to it? I’d love to hear your comments on it below.

 

 

 

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Denise Walker
    November 24, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Loved your post Marion! You have inspired me to get through December in a calm and organized fashion. I love lists too (and office supplies) and I am going to use your printables and give this a try. Thanks.

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      Marion
      November 24, 2018 at 7:51 pm

      That’s great Denise!! I am going to be making some time tomorrow to sit down and hit my organizer with a vengeance!! I am looking forward to an organized season as well. Marion Hunter made a great comment above about being adaptable to changes….life will get in the way of our lists on some days. If we can embrace change and roll with it we will all be so much less stressed. Have a great weekend Denise. Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello.

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    Jackie Ward
    November 24, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Marion, thank you for this wonderful and creative idea. I think I’m going to borrow it 🙂

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      Marion
      November 24, 2018 at 7:46 pm

      YAY Jackie!! That just made me smile!! I am so glad that you are going to use it. Have a wonderful weekend. I hope you are super busy with your tea parties!!! Ever since meeting you last year when you helped me create that first tea party I have switched from mugs of tea to using all of my pretty teacups. It makes my tea time that much prettier…I love pretty!! LOL…..

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    Suzanne Colasimone
    November 24, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    ‘‘Tis the season “ for sure and I guess if you’re a list type person, which I am, this comes at a perfect time. It would be great to have a better way for me to schedule all of my mom’s appointments as well as all of my own things instead of cramming it all on my Marilu’s Calendar.

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      Marion
      November 24, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      I hope you can take advantage of some of my printables Sue. I used to use a highlighter when the kids were little. Everyone in the family had their own colour. When I wrote something on the calendar I would highlight it. If Andrew had hockey on Monday It was highlighted in pink, Lauren’s ballet on Monday was highlighted in green, an errand that I had to run was highlighted in another colour. At one sweeping glance, I always knew who had something going on, on any given day of the week. The store-bought calendars usually have great pictures to look at but seriously….how is it actually possible to use them as an organization tool if you are a super busy person!?

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    marion hunter
    November 24, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    I’m a list kinda gal so completely agree with your ‘planning mode’. It just saves so much time in the long run. Big thing is not to get panicked if you don’t get it all done on the day you had planned, causing stress. Remember ‘life’ happens and we are so adaptable. Sometimes my lists change in priority because of this. It ALWAYS works out and I feel better knowing I’ve made the required changes and still made it happen.
    Thx

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      Marion
      November 24, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      I 100% agree with you Marion. I mentioned that on my daily to-do list there is no order to the list and when I don’t do something listed on a Monday I simply move it over a day until eventually it does get done. I hope the young ladies that follow my blog read your comment. It is great advice.
      As always Marion, thank you for stopping by and making your comments.

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    Mary Ferguson - Allan
    November 24, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    I used to make lists too but not so much anymore, just notations in my calendar.

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      Marion
      November 24, 2018 at 7:34 pm

      I did include a Dec calendar page. Notes on a calendar is a great way to stay organized.

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    Mary Lynn
    November 25, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Love love this…i am such a list person. This binder idea is amazing because i hate depending on my phone ,by the time the reminder pops up it is too late. At the moment i write most things on a calendar but as you said not enough room. I have 3 grandsons in hockey so perfect for keeping track of their games, will be using for sure…ML xoxo

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      Marion
      November 25, 2018 at 9:19 pm

      So happy to hear that you feel you can make use of some of these lists ML. Anything to stay a little more on track right? The only list I fell that I missed was an ‘outfit’ list. Wouldn’t it be nice to write down what you wore with who so as not to be seen in the same outfit? LOL….Thanks for stopping by….I was getting worried you missed the blog!!! LOL….xo

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    Ellen
    November 28, 2018 at 4:21 am

    Great article Marion! I’m also a note taking, list making type of person! I’d forget half of what I have to do, or purchase, or who’s coming over etc, without them. Admittedly, I’ve turned to my note pad in my phone for many things, but often still find myself putting pen to paper. And yes, the art of sending thank you notes is sadly disappearing. I’m glad you’re teaching your granddaughters how important they are!

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      Marion
      November 28, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      Hello Ellen. Thanks for stopping by. I love hearing what you have to say. I too hit ‘notes’ on my phone….but it is a serious pain in the behind. I would rather have my handwritten notes to refer to. I cannot wait to add more printables to the binder. It is going to keep us all right on point throughout the year. I saw your Christmas tree on FB…LOL…oh Terry!!! Hillarious! Love ya Ellie-Mae xo

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    Sherri Cooper
    November 28, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Loved this blog Marion. My favourite list is an ongoing one….the list of my readings. I’ve kept it for years and it helps when my brain doesn’t remember titles, authors or even if I’ve read that book already!!
    I love looking back and reliving many of the wonderful books I’ve read. I try to put a short note—where I was when I read it, who might like it, characters I loved, or not!
    A dear friend was given a notebook by her Grandma for her 16th birthday and has kept it since then full of her titles.
    A different kind of list

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      Marion
      November 28, 2018 at 6:49 pm

      People keep lists for all different reasons…….that is the best list of all!!! What a treasured gift for sure. I love your list and given that you were a librarian you must have a book load of titles!!… My sweet Aunt Rose used to keep a list in her bible of all those that she loved who passed away and their death date. I wish I had that bible. I would treasure forever.
      Thanks for stopping into Savvy Snowbirds Sherri and especially for sharing your story.

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