For the next few weeks leading up to Christmas, I’ll be posting about my Christmas organization which will include ideas, tips, printable lists and more. You can read more about the series in detail here. I want to thoroughly enjoy my favorite time of year and that means eliminating as much of the planning, hosting, & celebrating stress as possible.
*It’s Day 4 of the series already! And it’s only November 15. I’d say we are doing a mighty fine job, wouldn’t you? A couple of things before we get to the tasks for today.
- 1) If you’re behind on the tasks, please don’t stress. This series is meant to be a help not a guilt-inducer. You can jump in at any time and you can also play catch-up wherever you need–we will be taking weekends (and Thanksgiving) off so those days are “extra days” where you can do what you need to. But please don’t work on Thanksgiving!
- 2) Be sure to keep your printables in a safe place because you’ll need them throughout the series. I keep mine in my homemaking binder so I always know where they are (let’s hope I don’t lose my binder!).
Let’s see what’s in store for us today…
Here are your tasks for today:
- Task 1: Print out the Christmas Card List. Print as many copies of the 2-page list as you need. Spend a few minutes reviewing card recipients from last year. It’s okay to edit your list, eliminate some recipients, and simplify your card list. I’m not suggesting you strip your list just to shorten it, but there are likely edits you can make. Put your list in a safe place–we will come back to this completed list next week. 🙂
- Task 2: Declutter pantry and cookbooks: Don’t worry, friends. We aren’t attacking the entire kitchen today (I wouldn’t do that to ya!). We’re focusing on just your pantry (or the cupboard space/area you keep pantry items) and your cookbooks. Set your timer for 20 minutes and toss expired items, donate items you won’t use (be honest, my friends), and create sections in your pantry. For example, put all flour, sugar, & baking items together. Dust if needed. Grab a pen and paper and take note of items you will be needing for December. Remember to note items you are running low on as well. Next, go through your cookbook collection and donate any that you will not use or have never used. This is a tough task for me because I LOVE cookbooks and have a hard time parting with even the ones I never use. If I can do it, you can do it!
I’m so pleased you’re sticking with me on this series. It’s helping me get organized as well and I like knowing some of you are plugging along with me. A few have expressed to me on the Cozycakes Facebook page that it’s been helpful and I can’t tell you how much that motivates me. See you tomorrow for Day 5! ♥
*Printable Worksheet for Day4: Christmas Card List
*Printable Worksheet for Day 3: Gift List Planner
*Printable Worksheet for Day 2, Task 1: Christmas Priorities: Master To-Do List (Printable)
*Printable Worksheet for Day 2, Task 2: Christmas Calendar
*Printable Worksheet for Day 1: All I Want for Christmas: Your Christmas Heart Worksheet (Printable)
Other posts in the A Cozycakes Christmas: My Organized Christmas Series: