Project #2 Put Together Your Christmas Binder

1 Corinthians 14:40 “Put all things in order.”

Today I want you to create a safe place to keep all of your Christmas “stuff”.

If you’re like most people, you have your recipes in various cookbooks, a bunch of envelopes from last year’s Christmas cards stuffed into a kitchen drawer, and your Christmas stamps are tacked to your fridge with a magnet waiting to be used.

Stop the madness.

I want you to grab a binder (yes, you can go buy a pretty one at Target, or you can scavenge one from your kid’s room,) and start pulling all your loose papers, Christmas labels, lists and recipes and any other holiday-related paraphernalia into one place.

Here is what you will need:

  • Binder
  • Binder tabs
  • Sheet protectors
  • Three hole punch
  • Permanent marker

If you don’t have all these items laying around the house, no worries. The important  thing is to gather all your holiday-related papers into one place. Even if you just have a folder lying around, that will do for now.

If you do have the binder and the tabs, here are some sections of the binder you may want to consider (you don’t have to use them all, in fact, the simpler the better.)

  • Calendar
  • Christmas Cards
  • Recipes
  • Hiding Places
  • Christmas Gift Lists
  • Menus
  • Receipts (use a page protector to store these in that section)
  • Budget
  • To Do List

Start putting all your gathered papers into the sections. it’s going to make it a lot easier when it comes to finding your favorite pumpkin custard recipe or the receipt for the Barbie Toothbrush that your daughter just said, “is for babies…”

Over the next few days, I will be posting some form for you to help keep track of those different areas, but for now, just gather up what you have.

Oh, and if you want a fun cover for your binder like mine, you can download it over at my Facebook Author Page Just got to the Tabs and when you click on day two, your will see the pic – just keep clicking and you will get a downloadable version of the cover.

The Binder Cover

kathilipp

Kathi Lipp is the author of 17 books including Overwhelmed, Clutter Free, The Get Yourself Organized Project, The Husband Project, Happy Habits for Every Couple, and I Need Some Help Here – Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan. She is the host of Clutter Free Academy the Podcast! with Kathi Lipp and speaks at conferences across the US. Kathi is published with Revell Publishers and Harvest House Publishers.

She and her husband Roger are the parents of four young adults in San Jose, CA. When she’s not dating her husband or hanging out with her puggle Jake, Kathi is speaking at retreats, conferences and women’s events across the US.

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