Tackle It Tuesday – My Christmas Binder

by Jennifer Banks

I love to be organized, I strive to be organized…but alas, I am never truly organized. I crave the life of an organized person. The one who knows what she’s having for dinner on Friday, when it is only Monday. The one that keeps a list, and checks it twice to ensure that everything is neat, tidy, complete, and taken care of… AKA – Super Woman.

Well, shoot.

Super woman is fictional, and as much as I try I know that I will NEVER be that person. But I can keep trying right…the more I try, the closer to perfection I will become (HA!) But what I truly would love is an organized Holiday season. Where surprises are more than welcome, as long as the everyday stuff has a plan in place.

I cannot tell you how many hours I have spent on Pinterest, looking for ideas for crafts and home made gifts (we’re on a tight budget this year folks…hope you like cookies ’cause that’s likely what you’re getting from me!) I’ve got all my pins ready, and am continuously adding more. But, as much as I am a digital gal, I am very much still a paper and pen kinda person.

Christmas pinterest

I like to have a place to write things down, ideas, lists…people to add to the Christmas Card List. And not rely on my iphone to get me through…I mean…if something happened to my phone (god forbid) all would be lost.

So I’m going the old fashioned route.

So I would like for you all to meet, My Christmas Binder, Betty.

Isn’t she pretty.

She’s a Martha Stewart binder from Staples, though I’m sure by the end of the season she wont be quite so pristine. But for now, I’m trying to keep her unlabeled, unmarked….I don’t want the kids to know that’s where Santa keeps his list.

Inside, pocketed dividers, with labels like Master Gift List, and Holiday Card list. Along with all the names and addresses of the people who will be receiving said cards/gifts. That in itself took a good 2 hours…all hand written.

As we get deeper and deeper into the Holiday season, this book will fill up quickly. But I will say it will be nice to have everything in one place for a change.

Calling All Tacklers!

We’re looking for YOU – guest bloggers to post about your own tackles right here. If you are interested in showing off your tackles (we all need some tips and ideas!) then send a quick email to staceynerdin@msn.com. Thanks for your inspiring tackles!!

Mom Bloggers — what are you tackling this week?

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We are Tackling Our To-Do Lists Together and making housework bloggable — Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about how Tackle It Tuesday began.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in tackling all our tasks — whether household or otherwise.

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Email Author    |    Website About Jennifer Banks

Though I was born Jennifer, please don't call me that. It makes me feel like I am in trouble. Just call me Jen. Or @Jen_Banks if you are looking for me on Twitter. I am the mother of two insanely loud and active boys - 7 and 2.5 - who keep me hopping from morning 'til night. For nearly five years I've written at my blog, A Busy Mommy, about my life as a mom, milestones for my boys, and everything else in between. You can also find my posts on FisherPricePlay.ca, and I have recently taken on the Tackle It Tuesday column for 5MinutesforMom.com.

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1 Growing in Grace September 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

Thank you so much for your helpful project tips. Thank you for having Tackle It Tuesday. Blessings to you, Jo-Ann


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