The holidays are always a super busy time. This year especially with a daughter now in school with a class party to help with and a new babe coming soon after the holidays are over that we need to prepare for as well. I'm trying my best to stay organized this year and so far it's working.
Before Thanksgiving I made a list of everyone we needed presents for and ideas I had for them. Normally I'd make this list in my Christmas binder that I keep but this year I put it in my Erin Condren planner so I could see it all the time (and because my Christmas planner was in hiding with the Christmas decorations at that time.) As I thought of or found ideas I wrote them down next to the name and checked them off as I purchased them. To avoid blowing my budget as we get closer to Christmas I also tried to spread out my purchases buying one or two here and there instead of all at once. The Christmas binder I have also helps me remember what I got for people in the past so I don't give the same person something too similar to something I gave them the year before. This is super helpful this year as this little babe seems to be taking all my brain cells- I have some serious pregnancy brain lately!
I found these awesome printables on Pinterest to help keep organized. These would be fabulous to make your own Christmas binder with.
My Christmas binder also has all my addresses for sending Christmas cards out. All I have to do is remember who moved in the past year and track down and update those addresses. It made addressing my Christmas cards much quicker since all the addresses were together and I didn't have to search for too many of them.
Pinterest is an amazing way at staying organized. I have three boards for Christmas - one for general ideas for decorating, crafts, picture taking, one board dedicated to present ideas (both to buy in stores and ones to make), and another board for Elf on the Shelf ideas!
Just to stay organized in general and not forget things I keep my Erin Condren planner nearby to write down all the parties and holiday events down as well as planning when we can do our holiday baking and crafting. I would seriously forget something (like yesterday when I almost made plans to go visit with my mom while she is at my brother's in Austin before remembering I had an appointment this morning already!)
I'm also doing lots of online shopping. It's so much easier and there are amazing deals out there - both free shipping and discounts. This is super helpful with little ones so you don't have to figure out when you are going to shop for them without them seeing or dragging them along when they don't want to be there. This also makes it easy to keep track of all the receipts since they are all in a Christmas folder in my email.
Check out some other tips for organizing during the holidays over on Blogher!
There is also an awesome giveaway going on so be sure to enter the Life Well Lived Moments Sweepstakes for a chance to win $250!
How are you staying organized this year?