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For the last few years, I’ve been so busy with work around the holidays that I’ve gotten very behind in my holiday preparations, doing a lot of last-minute shopping and wrapping. I wanted this year to be different, so I was thrilled to complete 95% of my Christmas shopping before the end of November – yippee! What made the difference for me this year was carving out the time to organize and prepare ahead of time. As a writer, I’m a very pen-and-paper traditionalist and believe that nothing beats having a physical planner to keep track of my schedule. So to help set myself up for holiday success, I’m utilizing the TUL™ Custom Note-taking System from Office Depot and OfficeMax!
The customizable TUL Note-taking System is an amazing way to get organized, because you can build your own personalized system with its add-ons and accessories in whatever way works best for you. Each person has their own way of organizing information, so being able to set it up exactly as you like, rather than being hemmed into something that is pre-printed, gives you maximum flexibility. Here’s an example of how I’ve set up mine:
Christmas Binder #1 – Shopping & Schedules
I created my first set of Christmas planners using the junior size notebook with both poly and leather covers. These planners are the perfect size to tuck into my purse, so I elected to use them for shopping lists, scheduling, and other tasks that I want to keep track of while I’m on the go.
Using the To Do List Refill Pages, I can easily snap a to-do list in any portion of the planner and mark its spot using Tab Dividers. I can also switch up the paper by using Graph Ruled Refill Pages, depending on what I want to notate. Did you know that you can use graph paper to create your own calendar? As someone who uses multiple calendars at any given time to keep track of different things, I thought that was a really inspired idea!
Finally, I loaded in a set of two Pocket Dividers to store things like greeting cards or envelopes.
Christmas Binder #2 – Wrapping Paper, Cards & Decorations
These letter size discbound notebooks are ideal for keeping in my wrapping paper box to keep track of things like wrapped gifts and Christmas card lists.
The leather cover discbound notebook has handy pockets for storing things such as gift receipts, coupons, and gift tags.
Every year, I write down each name on my Christmas shopping list and note what I have gotten for them. This way, I can easily see who I’ve already gotten gifts for and who is left on my list.
Once again, this binder is customized to my needs using Graph Ruled and Dot Grid Refill Pages. Dot Grid pages are great for drawing and making craft designs – I remember when I was a kid, my parents used to put up so many Christmas decorations that they actually made a hand drawn floor plan illustrating which rooms different items should go in. I’m not quite that ambitious myself, but this binder would have been great for them too! 😉
And if I have a specific piece of paper or notes that I want to save and include with the binder – say, a handwritten fruitcake recipe from Aunt Bertha – I can use the Discbound Hole Punch to make it fit. Nice! And once I have all my pages in place, I can simply use the Page Flags and Tab Dividers to quickly refer to whatever section I need at a glance.
I hope that my Christmas binders give you some ideas for getting organized this holiday season! For even more inspiration, make sure to visit OfficeDepot.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.
How do you stay organized over the holidays?