Organize The Holidays with the DIY Holiday Planner

binder holiday 1Was it ten or fifteen years ago that I began carrying around my first Christmas binder?  When doesn’t really matter , what mattes is that our family Christmas has become organized , less stressful and more memorable then before I created our Christmas binder.   Are you ready to de-stress, organize and create more family memories during the upcoming holiday season ?

I Use my Christmas planner binder to keep track each year of who I bought for, what I gave them, what traditions we celebrated, activities we participated in, recipes we used and even pictures of how I decorate my home. It has been the one resource that simplifies Christmas in my home.

Creating your own Christmas planner binder is simple with the free printable I just discovered over at Thirty Hand Made Days.  Her version is a mini holiday binder where I have used a full size binder but after seeing her fun printables and the idea of lugging around a smaller binder  seems so much easier, I just might be creating a new binder this year to use for the next ten or fifteen years .binder holiday

Click here to see how Thirty Hand Made Days created her version of a mini binder and download all the her free printables.

Step #1 To get started: First, purchase a mini binder or full size binder , a set of dividers, pencil pouch to hold coupons and a package of clear page protectors.

Step #2  Decide  what sections in your binder you will need. Here is a list of potential sections and things to include in your Christmas planner binder.

•    Monthly calendars to keep track of events and tasks to be done.

•    Events and activity information

•    Service projects to participate in during the season

•    Lists of to-do’s

•    Gift lists (past years  and present)

•    Holiday card list

•    Menus and holiday recipes

•    Cookie/baking recipes

•    Celebration/tradition ideas

•    Craft projects

•    Decorating ideas

•    Pictures of your home decorated

•    Coupons

Remember to create sections that work for your Christmas/holiday  planning, these are just ideas.

Step #3 – Put  your binder together  by placing all your dividers, printables and  pencil pouch inside.  Place recipes and pictures inside protective sheets.  Add your own touches to it.

Now get planning and enjoy a merry organized Christmas and holiday season.


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