Christmas Lists & Holiday Organizing Made Simple

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In preparation for the holidays, I’m sharing with you my Christmas Lists and Holiday Organizing made simple ideas.

By far the # 1 thing I do to ease holiday stress is to plan early.

free printable with are part of my christmas lists & Holiday Organizing made simple along with my computer and a cup of coffee

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For the next 14 days, I will be highlighting one of my blogger friends and their Christmas posts.

Thank you to Juliette from A Loverly Life for organizing this fun tour.

Planning & Make Lists

If you’re new to Living Large in A Small House, you will find out that I’m a bit crazy about lists and organizing. I’m also old-school in the fact that I love a paper list.

There is so much satisfaction for me in crossing things off on paper with a pen. I’m also very visual and I need to see it. If my list is in a device, it’s gone from my mind.

When it comes to my Christmas Lists, I have made some really pretty ones that I can print out and put in my paper planner.

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Christmas Shopping

Our holiday is going to be different than it ever was before. We are traveling to Dallas to spend the holiday with our daughter Annie and her husband Tommy.

In the past I used this method for buying my kids gifts:

  • Something They Want
  • Something They Need
  • Something To Wear
  • Something to Read

Because we are traveling this year we have all decided to do Santa’s Secret Exchange. We will all just buy a gift for one person.

But like anything, I need to plan and get busy with my gift purchasing. Potentially having it shipped.

If you are considering handmade gifts, order the supplies that you need so that you have them on hand.

Indoor Decor

Even though we won’t be home, my home will still be completely decorated for the holidays.

Not just because I’m a blogger and it’s part of my job but because I love Christmas and the coziness it creates in my home.

I plan my themes early (yes I change up my look each year). I also buy what I need early so I’m not disappointed if I can’t find it.

Adding everything that I will need to a list makes is convenient when I’m shopping, especially if I find things on sale.

  • Any necessary new lights
  • Additional themed ornaments
  • Wrapping paper
  • Coordinating Ribbon

Outdoor Decor

  • Make sure your lights are working and either purchase new ones or repair them. Have things ready to go for that weekend in November when we get a little bit of warmer weather.
  • I order my huge wreath for the front of my house from the Boy Scouts. They usually are taking orders in early November.
  • I order my tree tops for my window boxes from our local nursery. If I don’t order them ahead of time, I can never find them.

Meal Planning

Plan your Holiday Menus.

I like to do this early so that I can stock up on items either for the freezer or pantry when they do on sale during the next two months.

If you’re planning any holiday parties, choose the date, decide on your guest list, and plan for food and drinks. Also, consider sending invitations out early.

You can read about how you can Entertain on A Budget HERE

Holiday Must-Haves


Take time to inventory your serving pieces and dishware if you are entertaining this year. You’ll need to make a list of things that you either need to buy or borrow for special occasions.

I have a four-part Entertaining Series that you can read HERE. You can also find a recent post “Entertaining on a Budget” HERE

Inventory of blue and white plates for the holidays

Cleaning, Organizing, and Purging

Having my lists and plans made, I also get my house organized for the holidays.

I do deep cleaning of my books shelves when I’m taking things down that I will replace with Christmas decor.

I use my Christmas bins to store the items that I’m taking out of my space while the holiday stuff is out.

While I’m at this a do some decluttering as well. If there are things that I no longer want or need I either donate, throw or sell them.

Clean and organize the pantry. Take inventory of items that you have on hand and what you still need to purchase.

Wash sheets and blankets if you will be having out-of-town guests. I do this about 2 weeks before guests will be arriving so that they are still fresh.

Why You Should Organize Early

When you are organized, you will find your stress level is reduced.

I work well under pressure but sometimes I also sacrifice my health and well-being when I’m doing things down to the wire.

I have a post that is one of my most popular and it’s about how to prepare for a busy week. You can read that HERE

If you’re not a paper list person like me, you can use something as simple as notes on your phone, Google Docs, and Microsoft Notes can also be great digital tools to help you organize your holidays.

I hope that this post about Christmas lists and holiday organizing, made simple will be helpful to you as you prepare for the busyness of the upcoming months.

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Don’t forget to follow my social media where I will be highlighting another blogger for the 12+ Days of Christmas.

Peace and Love,

Thank You to Juliette from A Loverly Life for putting this hop together. We will be sharing 12 + Days of Christmas. One every day! Enjoy what everyone has to share with you.

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31 Comments

    1. Thank you so much Renae!

  1. What a GREAT checklist! Now if I can follow through, I’ll be set. Thanks Lynn for helping us all get organized..

    1. You don’t need my checklist – you are so organized! You have to be to make thousands of Christmas Stockings every year.

  2. Great organization and prep tips here Lynn. I haven’t started decorating for Christmas but you have given my mind a kickstart toward it! BTW, those blue plates are gorgeous!! Pinned!

    1. I think it’s going to be a blue theme this year. Maybe a little green and woodsy thrown in!

  3. Heather Johnston says:

    I live all your posts Lynn! You are so inspirational. ❤️🎄🦌🎅

    1. Thank you so much Heather! I really appreciate your kind words.

  4. I’m a list maker too and it’s a must for me especially hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    1. When I’m hosting, they are essential. I don’t know how people who don’t make list do it!

    1. Now if I could keep all my lists together and they didn’t spill over to sticky notes 🙂

  5. Lynn these are great tips! I’m always looking to improve my organizational skills! Pinned!

    1. I’m not hosting anything this year as we are headed to Dallas so it feels strange to not have all of my lists filled up and fussing over every detail.

    1. I would be lost without my lists!

  6. I love to hear from other list makers! You have wonderful organizing ideas! Thank you for sharing.

    1. I don’t know how people without lists function 😉

  7. Lynn this is a great list! I for sure need the organization I feel like I am all over the place this year! Pinning this! Loved hopping with you today friend!

    1. Thank you Nicolle –
      I’m such a visual person that I need those lists and notes. I actually make them small and care them with me when I’m shopping.

  8. Lynn you are such a wealth of information. I am a paper girl too. The satisfaction of crossing things off my list is wonderful! Love, love, love your home – it so beautiful and warm. Your porch and exterior of your home is amazing! So happy to hop along with you!

    1. I like to think it’s because we are creatives that we like the pen to paper. It’s visual and tactile.

    1. For me being organized is the key to a low-stress holiday season. Thanks for following along.

  9. I’m a paper person too! I am trying to get better at planning ahead for the holidays. I love your idea to place non-holiday items in your holiday bins while the decorations are up! So smart. Thanks for sharing all of these tips. Happy to hop with you!

    1. Hi Marie – Cheers to a fellow paper person! I don’t understand how people can no be 🙂

  10. So many great ideas, Lynn! Thanks for sharing them! It was so much fun hopping with you !

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