I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of year again – time to start planning for the holidays! Welcome to Week One: Create Your Holiday Planning Binder in my holiday planning series – 9 Weeks to a More Organized and Peaceful Christmas. Today, I’ll give you step-by-step instructions to create your holiday binder: How to Prepare for Christmas (and Thanksgiving, too!).
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For the next nine weeks, I’m going to walk you through planning for the holidays so you can have a more organized and peaceful holiday season.
This first week, we are going to create a Holiday Planning Binder. This planner will be the central processing area for all things related to holiday planning from organization, calendars, gift lists, the Christmas budget, and more.
2017 Holiday Planning Pack: How to Prepare for Christmas (and Thanksgiving, too!)
Let’s get started with your binder. To make it easier, I created a 2017 Holiday Planning Pack for use in your holiday binder. This planning pack includes printables for every section of your holiday planner.
The Contents of the Binder
Your holiday planner is going to get you organized for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I recommend you include the following 10 sections in your binder:
- Brain Dump
- Bucket List
- Thanksgiving Checklist
- Christmas Checklist
- Holiday Cards
- Giving and Gratitude
In later weeks, we’ll take a look at what goes into each section. For now, just focus on getting the binder created and start working on the first section – the holiday brain dump.
The Materials to Create Your Holiday Planning Binder
To create your holiday planning binder, you’ll need the following materials.
- 2017 Holiday Planning Pack
- a 1.5″ binder – I use a plain white one, but you can get one that’s more colorful or decorative if you want!
- 10 Dividers (one for each section) – I prefer the ones with pockets, so I have a place for loose papers that I haven’t yet organized.
- Sheet Protectors (optional) – If you’re worried about spills (like me!), then you might want to consider using sheet protectors to protect your precious binder contents.
Once your 2017 Holiday Planning Pack is printed, all you have to do is 3-hole punch it and start assembling. That’s it!
Week One’s Assignments:
Here’s a summary of your assignments for the week:
- Purchase materials for your binder
- Request and download the 2017 Holiday Planning Pack
- Put together your binder
- Fill out the Holiday Brain Dump in the first section
I can’t wait to check in with you next week when we’ll tackle the holiday budget.
This year, let’s plan on a more organized and peaceful Christmas!
You can bookmark this page for all of the posts in this Holiday Blog Series –> 9 Weeks to a More Organized and Peaceful Christmas.
Do you have any other ideas on what to include in a Holiday Planning Binder? If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments section below.
With Love and Joy,