So what is the key to happiness?
Organization. You now know what kind of holidays you want and you can start organizing towards it.
Most of us have some standard traditions that we like to follow but don't feel you need to be tied to anything that is not meaningful for you.
I am going to write about everything from Halloween decorating to sending Christmas cards to organizing a feast for the family but don't feel that you have to do everything. Build on the traditions that are closest to your heart.
To get organized you will need either a binder or an accordion file folder with several sections. (With an accordion folder you can just cut out and drop in any ideas you get from magazines with a binder you will either have to punch holes in pages, use plastic sheets you can slip things in or glue them on pages).
Your list from yesterday should go in front of your binder/file folder so you will see if often and not lose site of your goals.
To make it easier I have made up PDFs of all the different pages I am suggesting you have.
You will need to print off a
These are calendar that you can write all over.
Print off the Halloween.pdf It organizes how to plan, what to make and what to buy for, costumes, decorations inside, decorations outside, party dates and guest list, treats and other.
Next is the Thanksgiving.pdf It organizes what to plan, what to make and what to buy for Thanksgiving dinner menu, decorations inside, decorations outside, crafts, guests, house guest, and travel.
Your Celebrations.pdf is to help you organize any birthday, anniversary or other parties that you might be having at this time of year. It includes party date, guest list, dinner menu, decorations inside, decorations outside, gifts and what to buy and what to make.
I've also made two separate decorating list in case you go all out to decorate for every holiday. The Decorating Inside.pdf list what to buy and what to make for the family room, living room, dining room, hallway and staircase, kitchen, powder room and two extra rooms.
The Decorating Outside.pdf lists what to buy and what to make for the door, porch, windows, garage, front yard, tree and two extra areas.
There are two gift lists to help you plan Christmas gift giving and budgeting. The Gift List 1.pdf lists who you will give gifts to, the gift, to make, to buy, and cost. The second Gift List 2.pdf lists people you would like to give gifts to, should give gifts to, and are not sure, the gift, to make, to buy, and cost.
The Craft list.pdf helps you keep organized with supplies, time it take to make and when you want it due. While the Baking.pdf helps with your baking with a list for supplies, time it take to make and when you want it due.
I have also included a Christmas Card List.pdf to organize who to send cards to and if they will be mailed or hand delivered. And a Shopping list.pdf that you can print off several off and use after each section.
Finally your Christmas Dinner.pdf, so you will have everything ready and at your fingertips on the big day.
The calendar and 12 worksheet are the basis of having you ultra organized this holiday season! As we work through the 99 Days to Christmas I will be explaining in detail how to use these lists to their full potential.
Magazines and websites are already writing about great Christmas ideas. If you have any old holiday magazines that you have held on to flip through them now for their Christmas ideas. Clip and file any ideas that you get from magazines (toss out or recycle the rest...yup you are doing some de-cluttering at the same time) and you can either print out or bookmark the ideas you get from the internet. If you book mark them then make sure that you add a note to your file to check your computer.
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