Countdown to Christmas: Let’s Get Organized!

September 26, 2010 · 10 comments

by Jennie
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Alright everyone, as of right now there are 38 of us that will be working together towards a more relaxing and enjoyable 2010 Christmas season! I don't know about you, but I am so excited to get started!

The first step towards a less stressful Christmas is getting organized. Yes, I realize it is only September, but the sooner we can get organized the sooner we can start checking items off of that to-do list. I've created the below documents that will help us all to get going on the organization!

Countdown to Christmas: To-Do List

Use the to-do list to record all of your to-do items as you think of them. Try to make this list as detailed as possible. Use the check-boxes on the left to check-off items as you complete them. To-do lists work well for me because I can clearly see the progress that I am making towards my goal.


Countdown to Christmas: Gift List

Using a gift list for your Christmas shopping is so important. I cannot stress this enough. It helps to prevent impulse buying, records your budget for each gift, and also ensures that you don't forget about any gifts.

Countdown to Christmas: Gift Ideas

This form will work well if you prefer to brainstorm ideas for your Christmas gifts. It will also work well if you are planning to buy maltiple gifts for one person such as children or your spouse.

Countdown to Christmas: Supply List

One of the areas that a lot of people struggle with (myself included) are all the little non-gift items that need to be purchased during the holidays. This would include, decorations, cards, home-goods for out of town guests, and any other supplies that you will need to get you through the season. All of these items can add up really quickly, so it is a good idea to set your expectations early and stick to a budget.  

It is up to you which, if any, of these you want to use. I will personally be using the To-Do List, the Gift List, and the Supply List. Regardless of how you plan to it, let's all take this week to make some real progress towards getting organized! Please use the comments section on this post to share your progress. If you have some unique to-do items on your list it would be great if you would share those also in case the rest of us are forgetting to add it to our list. :)

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Holli September 29, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Thank you SO much for all this work. I”m using all of them and going to save two of the Supply list, one for non-food supplies and one for ingredients of candies, cookies and meals I want to make so I can be sure to try to get that stuff on sale if at all possible. If not, then hopefully I can at least find a coupon to make it a bit cheaper! Yay for planning ahead!
THanks again, Jennie!


2 Jennie September 29, 2010 at 9:36 PM

I’m glad you are finding them useful Holli! :)


3 Vicki September 27, 2010 at 12:51 PM

I wrote out a list of all the people we need to buy for this Christmas and the presents we have already purchased last night. Wow! There were more people than I thought about. I also need to write out a supply list. I have never thought about doing this before, but what a great idea!


4 Alyssa September 26, 2010 at 9:01 PM

I am with you lorraine, both my husband and dad are so hard to buy for. If they need or want something they go buy it, leaving everyone else with nothing to ever get them. I guess we just do a lot of gift cards!


5 lorraine September 26, 2010 at 8:40 PM

If anyone has any guy gift ideas that would help alot. I am looking for my brother in laws and father in law. Please let me know Thank you


6 Tori September 26, 2010 at 6:06 PM

You can save them to your computer by going in to file and then save as. It will be in PDF form but when you highlight a line, you can type over. Hope this helps.


7 Jenn S. September 27, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Thanks Tori, but I can’t type anything on a PDF. I must not have the right version.


8 Jennie September 27, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Jenn~ The forms are not exactly fromatted to be edited in MS Word. That is strange that it will not let you work with them in Adobe. Have you tried upgrading?
:) Jennie


9 Jenn S. September 26, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Thanks for these forms Jennie! Is there any way to save these in a format that can be worked with on the computer instead of printing them and writing on them by hand?


10 Linda Long September 26, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Thanks for the forms! I’ve downloaded them and plan to start filling them in soon!


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