Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Organizing for Christmas, Part 1: Paper

Here is the first part of my series about how I organize for Christmas. 

Paper! I'm a list person, and making lists really helps me out this time of year.  I make a list of the following things, in order to start my planning and shopping:
  • Christmas cards: I print out my list of people that we send Christmas cards to.  Last year, I finally made a list of addresses on Word, so I can print out address labels for the envelopes.
  • Gifts: I started this several years ago.  I keep a list of who I buy gifts for, and what I bought for them.  This helps me to not repeat gifts, and it also gives me ideas for the following years.
  • Ingredients: I make a list of the ingredients I use for my Christmas baking.  I start to buy a little bit each time I go shopping, so I don't have to buy all the ingredients at once.
  • Shopping: I make a list of stores that I need to go to, and try to tack on buying a present or two when I'm in or near those stores.  That way, I can spread out the expense.
  • Other paper: I make sure that I have enough wrapping paper, and buy stamps for my cards.
Here are a few other things I came across recently that might help you with holiday shopping:
  • Black Friday Info, which lists the ads for the upcoming Black Friday.  You can find many of these deals online, so no need to fight the crowds! (I prefer online shopping myself.)
  • Speaking of free shipping, have you heard of this site?  Free Shipping Day. On December 17th, over 1,000 online merchants will offer free shipping with delivery by Christmas Eve in the continental US. 
Do you make lists to get through the holidays?  What kind of lists?  Are you going to be one of those people in line at a store at 3 AM on Friday?  Not me!

Happy list-making and shopping!


Stacy said...

Did you get my email? I have been having a problem with my emails ending up in people's SPAM folder instead of their in box. I hope my answer helped!

Lisa, An American Mom said...

I am a huge list maker! I have a spreadsheet to track gifts as well as the gift budget. I print it when I go out shopping, or frankly these days with 2 little ones, I do at least 50% of my shopping online. I also have a contacts list in my Address Book on my Mac specifically for Christmas card distribution. Thanks for the links on free shipping. I will definitely check those out.

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