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Getting Organized: Christmas Gifts

August 14, 2011

I mentioned last month that I begin buying Christmas presents in July. In years past, I haven’t had a great method for organizing these early-bought gifts, but that’s changing this year!

Previously, I’ve bought gifts and then labeled each gift with a post-it note before leaving it on the bed in the second guest bedroom. (More about the second guest bedroom here.) This method has worked decently well for the past couple of years, but all those shopping bags all over the bed downstairs starts to give me hives after awhile. Plus, when I actually begin to wrap the gifts, I lose track of what’s been wrapped and bought. It’s just not a system that’s working for me.

If you don’t like something, change it, right? Well, that’s exactly what I’m doing this year. Not only am I using my Christmas Binder to help me keep track of what I’ve bought by person, I’m also organizing the early-bought gifts by family group in the gifted dresser that’s in the second guest bedroom.

Concealing the gifts in drawers as significantly improved by clutter-induced hives. Each family group gets its own drawer, and I even have a drawer left over for stocking stuffers/filler gifts.

Why am I storing Christmas gifts in a guest bedroom? Two reasons:

  1. This room is rarely used for guests.
  2. I turn this room into a gift wrapping room for the holidays.

I feel pretty good about knocking out this small organizational feat so early on. However, I know that surviving Christmas sometimes is more of a journey than a race. Too poetic? Basically, I’ve got a long ways to go before I’ll have Christmas managed this year.

Christmas Organization Checklist:

  1. Create a notebook of some sort to keep track of gifts, receipts, craft ideas, etc.
  2. Keep notebook organized. (ongoing)
  3. Organize presents as I buy them by family.
  4. Gather supplies for crafts early. (in process, but probably ongoing)
  5. List what gifts I’ll be making this year and complete them before December if possible
  6. Hold myself accountable by blogging about Christmas progress.

(Checklist was originally seen in this post.)

There are only 132 days until Christmas! Will you be ready?

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