**If you missed part one START HERE, and then come back to this post. I wouldn’t want you to miss anything :)**
Wow is all I have to say! I’m thrilled with the positive feedback you all have given me about getting organized for this upcoming holiday season!
Today I want to show you the other three sections in my holiday binder which are labeled…
- Christmas Cards
- Sales/Deals/Gift Guides
- Shopping List/Budget
Please note: All of these pictures are staged because shopping flyers like Black Friday deals and such aren’t out yet, but I wanted to show you samples ahead of time so you’re prepared in time for this year.
Let’s get started!
So when you open the binder you see the contents. A few questions I got asked is why I have it in this order. It’s because this is the way everything is in order for me. Thanksgiving is coming up first, and after that will be mailing cards out…etc…
For me it just made sense to do it this way, but feel free to make your own version!
So lets talk about mailing out holiday cards.
I most likely am going to order photo cards this year so once I receive them I will put them into the folder pocket along with holiday stamps and stickers for easy access. I’ll also keep my “card log.”
Now is the time to set get this filled in while everything is calm and there’s no parties or hectic shopping going on. Here is where you will go through your address book and write down who ever is getting a holiday card this year. Once you have your Christmas cards, all of your addresses will be in one spot so you’ll be able to get them mailed out super quick and once you do you can check that person off your list.
Okay so now that you have your Christmas/holiday cards under control it’s time to write out a rough draft of your gift giving list. That’s where this gift guide will come in handy.
Here is where you’ll list the name and gift ideas for the people on your list. Once you’ve bought something for them even if it’s a completely different item you can then check off their name to keep you on track.
As for holiday sales flyers…Most of the time you’re going to get a flyer that doesn’t interest you, so throw it out right away or trash it in your email. Don’t let the clutter build up on your counter or in your email box. But what happens when you get an awesome flyer from say Macys as an example? They have a sale on Saturday that’s only from 7am-9am and in the flyer you see they have cashmere sweaters for $20 during that time. Keep that page with the cashmere sweaters on it and any other pages with the stuff your interested in. Put it in the sales/deals/gift guide section, and mark it on the shopping calendar so you know what day and time you need to be there.
I know for me that if I mark it on my regular planner or calendar 9 out of 10 times I either will forget to look or just end up going. By making this sales calendar I hope to be more organized this year and actually save money by getting to those sales on time!
Alrighty…Now for the big kahuna of everyone’s holiday shopping. The budget.
I’m going to admit it…I don’t really have one, and because I’m a giver by nature I tend to over spend every year.
This year I am setting allowed budgets for everything! If I go over in one area, I’m going to need to take away from another and vice versa. I really want to try and keep a lid on my spending, and challenge myself to stay on track.
So I created this very simple register to stay in control of my holiday spending and also for you to stay in control of yours.
This part of the binder is also where I will keep all of my receipts as well.
I really hope I’ve covered everything, stay tuned for my YouTube video coming up hopefully this weekend that will explain this holiday organization binder a little more in detail.
Now for the printables…
- Mailing Cards- holiday_cards_printable
- Gift Guide- gift_guide_printable
- November Calendar- november_printable
- December Calendar- december_printable
- Budget Tracker- budget_register
Make sure to Pin this post to come back so you can come back to it year after year, and while you’re here, why not take a peek at how I store my holiday decorations. It’s never too early to start preparing! I’d also love for you to stop by my Facebook Page.
And as promised…The corresponding video!
Talk to you soon guys! Take care!