Welcome back to my "Getting Organized for Christmas" series!
If you haven't read the previous installments (you really should!), I helped you pick a plan to use and to assemble all your printable lists into a binder. For the next few weeks, I will be taking you through each section in detail, as well as showing you which printables I am using!
I chose to follow The Holiday Grand Plan this year. The first section in my binder is labeled "Traditions".
Having this worksheet helps to see what is really important to your family during the holidays. It serves as a reminder as to what worked well last year and what you want to change for this year.
For us, what worked: Watching holiday movies, driving around to look at Christmas lights, leaving cookies and milk for Santa, a nice holiday dinner, and giving to others in some form
Stresses: Never "enough" money, missing family (all ours are out of town)
What do I want to do differently this holiday season? More giving or volunteer work, more traditions (Christmas Countdown, Christmas cards, gingerbread house, etc.), spend more time with family, more decorations, bigger Christmas tree
From food to decorations and parties, what traditions do your family follow?
Our traditions: Food (We pretty much have the same traditional dishes year after year...more on this during the "Menu" section), decorating on Thanksgiving Day, looking at Christmas lights, new ornament every year, and leaving milk and cookies for Santa.
This is simply a list of our favorite holiday movies, books, and music. There is also a wishlist for things we would like to own related to those categories.
Favorite Movies: It's A Wonderful Life, The Grinch (both versions!), Home Alone
Favorite Books: The Polar Express, I'm A Grumpy Santa Claus
Favorite Music: All the traditional songs!
Wishlist: Buy more Christmas movies!
The next section in my Christmas Binder, is the "To Do" section. Here I place the master calendar that tells me which room to deep clean each week. You can find a printable for each room on the right hand side of THIS PAGE.
(FYI: I printed all these pages out in black/white, then went back in with Sharpies to make them a little more festive. You can also jazz them up with stickers or washi tape!)
In front of this section, I have the calendars. Then, behind the calendars, I have the list printables for each room. I went through and wrote what needs cleaned or organized in each room, as well as ideas for holiday decorations. In the "notes" area on each page, I wrote a shopping list of stuff I would like for that area. For example, extra light bulbs to have on hand, new decorations, guest items, etc. Each week, (well, every 2 weeks when I have a weekend off), I am working my way through our entire apartment to deep clean and organize. I will be finished by Thanksgiving, so that then I can focus on decorating and being in the holiday spirit! (I do have this chore checklist to write any last minute 'to do' lists during the week of Christmas!)