Countdown to an Organized Christmas: Binder Prep and Organizing


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{If you’ve missed the previous posts in this series you can find them here.}

Throughout the month you’ve been given loads of printables to help you have an organized Christmas season.  Back on day one I talked about getting a binder (mine is green!) to store your Christmas Control Journal (CCJ).

I’ve been making a new CCJ right along with y’all and so far I just have a big mess of papers and not too much organization going on in there.  I plan on changing that today though!

Your binder will probably look different than mine, even if we have the same basic printables in it.  I will share the way I organize my binder, but you should organize yours in an order that makes sense to you.

So let’s get crackin’!

I have eight dividers (bought them at the Dollar Tree around the beginning of September).  Here is how they’re divided:

  1. Calendar — My overall November and December calendar is the only thing behind this tab.
  2. Cleaning and Housekeeping — The cleaning to do list, cleaning calendarhousekeeping to do list and wardrobe planner.  (It was the most logical place for it, in my opinion.)
  3. Financial and Gifts — My budget, gift ideas, gifts purchased, order tracker, gifts to make and stocking stuffers are here.
  4. Addresses and Cards — Obviously the address listChristmas card list and thank you card list are the only things here.
  5. Planners and Food — The Christmas baking plannerparty planner, holiday meal planner, food shopping lists and recipes are here.
  6. Traditions and the Like — This is where I put my holiday traditions, entertainment (movies and music) and light viewing list.  (Because they kind of all go together.)
  7. Christmas Future — The notes for Christmas futureitems needed for next year and decorations inventory are here.
  8. Extra Paper — Just in case I need to jot something down (or have an idea for another printable!) I always have extra paper in my CCJ.

You’ll notice that I did not include my gift closet inventory (because it’s stored with the extra gifts).  I also didn’t include my fridge/freezer or pantry inventory either, because those lists are stored on the side of my fridge.

You may compile your CCJ in a completely different way — and that’s great!  If it’s organized in a way that makes sense to you then you’ll have an easier time using it.  And we all want our lives to be simpler, more organized and just a little more peaceful.  🙂

And now, the homework:

Today’s Assignment:  Organize your CCJ and fill out any bits that you can right now.

Today’s Printable:  Sorry, no printable today.  I have officially ran out of ideas for printables! 😀


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  1. Pingback: Countdown to an Organized Christmas: Welcome | Happily A Homemaker

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