The Best of Christmas

Has it happened? Full blown Christmas mode complete with carols on repeat and children on a constant sugar high? My girls started the Christmas countdown before the Thanksgiving leftovers were even done!

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Holidays can be an opportunity for fun activities and creating wonderful memories. We also know that holidays can bring stress and frantic days too. Fortunately a little time spent planning can help keep things manageable and less stressful so your focus can stay on the moments that matter most. Here are my favorite resources to keep Christmas organizedGet your printer warmed up because there are a bunch of free downloads for Christmas Organizing!

 

Planning

Do you make a notebook or binder to keep all your holiday ideas and to-do lists under control? The following sites share their own printables and planning strategies. And before you hit those stores don’t forget to print out your Space for Living Christmas Budget Printable to help kick off your planning.

Although the printables from this next site means we are a little late (by about 2 months), I still love this little flipchart printout from Giver’s Log for some REAL holiday planning. It’s super detailed and way more planning than I have ever done for my own holiday prepping, but you are sure to have all your bases covered.

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Eighteen 25 turns a regular composition notebook into an adorable planner and generously gives us all the printables to do the same.  (Click the link for the 2012 version right after Step 1.)

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Christ Centered Christmas created planner tabs to turn any ole notebook into a Christmas planner. I love ideas that utilize what we already have on hand!

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Christmas Printables

Are you looking for printables to slip into your own binder? Lovely Little Snippets has some adorable printables to share.

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Christmas Your Way doesn’t disappoint with the plethora of printables to create your own binder.

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Sweet Baking

On Sweetopia, Marian shares her 10 tips for staying organized while decorating cookies. Just by looking at her pictures, you can tell she is a pro! I am heading back over to read her cookie decorating tutorial. I am in awe of these beautiful and delicious looking treats!

I love this baking printable from Botanical Paperwork, to keep all the extra baking goodies organized .

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Christmas Cards

DaNita from Delightful Order has a great system to keep and update all her Christmas card address lists. A little planning goes a long way when sending out Christmas cards.

To make your Christmas card send out even easier, Organized Homelife has made some cute pintables to help you stay on top of those greetings.

 

Wrapping

This really doesn’t have anything to do with organizing but I had to share these adorable, festive gift tags from Sharon Rowan. She has brand new ones for 2012 too.

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Need a little box to wrap up that treasure? Make your own with a little help from Daily Suze. I can’t wait to use these for little treats.

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Clean-up

Don’t forget about prepping for the day of. Wrapping an extra box with cute paper is a great solution to keeping a trash bag out of all those Christmas morning pictures. Tip from Chica and Joe.

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For Christmas Clean-up, repurposed plastic cups to keep decorations protected and orderly found on Tip Junkie.

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All–in-One

At the risk of overdoing it, my need to make a comprehensive resource list forces me to share the all-in-one series by The Organised Housewife.  This 25 day series to get organized for the holidays includes loads of tips including ideas for the sneaky holiday Elf on a Shelf. Since we’re only two weeks away from Christmas, it’s a little late to follow along day by day but she has so many great ideas to share! It’s definitely worthy of a click!

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What are your best Christmas planning tricks? Do you keep it simple? Or go all out and start planning months ahead of time?

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  1. This is such a great collection, thank you so much for including a link to my christmas series :) Merry Christmas ;)
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