Skip the Christmas stress this year and create your own Christmas planner. It will help you be super organized with minimal work and you can use it year after year. Keep reading to find out more.
I’m the kind of person that always thinks I will remember important things without writing them down. I think I’m finally starting to come to realize that will never be me. If anything I’m getting more forgetful.
Having a planner is critical to me actually remembering to get things done. A planner is also great for helping you brainstorm, especially when you are planning for something in advance.
That’s why a Christmas planner is so important. If we really want to have less stress around the holidays it’s important to plan ahead and doing that in our heads just won’t work well.
I think that’s one-way people get hung up on actually planning in advance for Christmas. Things that are purchased ahead of time, ideas you read about, and blog posts you save on Pinterest won’t do much good if you just forget about them.
You need a place to store all of these ideas and plans. There are many ways to do this but today we are going to talk about having a dedicated Christmas planner. This is my favorite method because you can use it year after year and it all is in one place.
Creating Your Christmas Planner
1. Pick Your System
When I first created a Christmas planner I used random free printables I found online. This took a lot of searching to find everything I wanted. My planner also looked a bit messy since nothing matched.
You can also use a notebook and just create your own pages or if you are good at creating things on the computer you can create your own printable sheets.
What I now use is my own Christmas planner printables. They are affordable and undated so you can use them year after year. They are all also matching so it looks nice which I personally feel like makes it more fun to use.
2. Gather Your Supplies
These are some of the supplies I find useful when setting up my Christmas planner. You don’t need everything on this list but look over it and see what you think will be useful.
- Three-Ring Binder
- Plastic Paper Protectors
- Three-Hole Punch
- Printer Paper and Ink
- Colorful Pens
- Christmas Planner Stickers
- Page Tabs
I have a basket where I keep my planner supplies for normal planning and when the holidays get close I swap out supplies to be holiday-appropriate. It’s a good idea to keep everything in one place while planning.
3. Setting Up the Christmas Planner
This part will depend on what system you decided to use. If you have a notebook you will need to create the pages you want to use. I recommend using fun colors to make it more festive, maybe even add some Christmas stickers.
With any printable Christmas planner, you will want to of course print off the pages you want to use, skip the ones you have no need for, to save on paper and time.
I like to keep my pages in page protectors since many of the pages can be used year after year. You can do this or just use a three-hole punch to put the pages in your binder.
Page tabs can also be useful if you want to set up different sections. You can use some Christmas scrapbook paper to create divides as well to keep it extra organized.
4. Start Filling Out The Pages
I’m great at buying stationary and not actually using it. Don’t let this happen with your Christmas planner if you actually want to have a stress-free Christmas.
To help prevent this start filling out the pages as soon as you put it together. Some may need to wait until we are closer to Christmas but some can be done now to give you a headstart.
5. Check Your Planner Often
I start checking my planner monthly in about June and in about October I start leaving it on my desk so I can use it frequently. This may sound like a lot but I want to make sure I’m staying on top of the things I can do ahead of time.
Refreshing your brain from time to time can be very useful. I especially like this when it comes to gift buying. I may see something on my shopping list that is on sale and know I should go ahead and pick up that item.
Once October-ish rolls around I use the Christmas planner a lot to plan in my weekly planner. It shows me what tasks I need to add to my plan to get done so I stay on top of everything.
This will also help you remember to write down any new things that have come up. Maybe an idea for a gift or some decor you want to save money for.
Get Your Own Christmas Planner
Now that you know how to set up a planner you need to get your printables if that is the method you want to use. The photos in this post have been of my Christmas planner.
It’s a simple design that doesn’t use too much ink and allows you to do some of your own decorating if you enjoy that kind of thing.
Since it’s printable it’s very customizable. You can print whatever pages you feel useful and skip the others. You can also print extra sheets if you need more room.
The Christmas planner comes with the following pages-
- Cover Page
- Christmas Goals
- Master Checklist
- To-Do List
- Gift Ideas
- Stocking Stuffers
- Christmas Decor List
- Black Friday List
- Shopping List
- Gift Tracker
- Order Tracker
- Gift Inventory
- Card Planner
- Card Tracker
- Wrapping Supplies Checklist
- Party Planning
- Guest List
- Menu Planner
- Baking Plan
- Cooking Schedule
- Grocery List
- Family Traditions
- Bucket List
- Movie List
- Thank You Cards
- Next Year Information Sheet
- Blank Calendar
That’s 30 different pages that will help you be super organized this year. People will think you are the Martha Stewart of Christmas if they see your planner.
It’s a really simple way to get organized for the holidays and stay organized year after year. People think I must speed tons of time on Christmas prep but the truth is systems like this mean I don’t have to spend much time at all!
You can spend less time on Christmas prep and be less stressed. That sounds good, right? It is the truth. It’s what I’ve been doing for years.
Grab your Christmas planner printables and get started today. You will thank yourself when the busy part of the season comes around and you are already prepared.