These 5 free printables will help you get more organized and feel less stressed during this holiday season!
I have some little gifts for you today! 🙂 A few days ago I asked my Facebook and Instagram followers what they struggled with most when it came to getting organized for the holidays, and as I looked over their answers, I felt like so many of the problems they mentioned could be solved with a simple printable!
So I decided to create 5 free printables based on the most common struggles people were having with staying organized for the holidays. You can watch the video explanation and/or snag all of the printables below!
5 Free Printables to Help You Get Organized for the Holidays
Gift Giving Guide
First, I had a lot of people tell me that they were feeling frantic about gift buying! It can be hard to keep track of who all you need to buy for, what you’re going to get them, and whether or not you’ve purchased and sent the gift if necessary. I created a gift giving printable to help you keep track of all of these details.
On the printable, there are columns to list the recipient, gift ideas for each person, the budgeted amount you’re planning to spend, whether or not you’ve purchased the gift, and a spot to write down the date you need to ship the gift if it’s going long distance. If you have more recipients than there are lines on the sheet, you can always print multiple sheets and continue your list on the next page.
Holiday Prep List
I also had a bunch of questions about prepping for guests. There are always so many things to do to get ready to host people in your home, so I tried to break it down by category to make it easier.
I tried to get the hardest task out of the way first– cleaning! In this section you can list any cleaning tasks you need to complete before your guests arrive: washing sheets, dusting and vacuuming, making sure the guest bathroom is clean and sparkling, etc.
The next box gives room to write down anything you may need to buy. If you’re having overnight guests, do you need to pick up some additional towels or toiletry items? You may want to stock up on basics like toilet paper, shampoo, or hand soap so you don’t have to worry about running out and grabbing those things while your guests are there. You could list food items here as well, but I also have separate printables for food that I’ll share in a minute if you’d want to use those instead.
There is also space to note anyone you may need to contact. Do you need to contact anyone to make special arrangements for your guests? Maybe you need to order food in advance or rent extra chairs or tables. Maybe you need to contact your guests themselves to ask about food preferences or any needs that they may have while they’re at your house. All of those contacts can be listed in this space.
The next box has space to write down anything you want to make– I feel like there are always so many things to make during the holidays! From food to crafts to gifts, you can make a list of everything in this space.
And finally, there is room for notes so you can jot down anything extra that comes to mind!
Holiday Meal Plan
Let’s talk about food! One person on Instagram said, “I need help organizing food for our big holiday meal but also for the week when I’m housing guests.” So I have printables for both of those things!
First up, we have a holiday meal planning printable. There is space to write down everything you want to make for the main course, appetizers and sides, desserts, and drinks. Then there is a large section to list all of the ingredients you’ll need.
You can take this list to the store with you to make sure you haven’t forgotten any of the items you’ll need, and you can also keep it handy while you’re cooking as a reminder of everything you need to make!
Weekly Meal Plan
Along with the holiday meal planning printable, I also have a meal planning page where you can plan out everything you want to have available for guests who may be staying for an extended period of time. There’s room for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks for each day of the week.
You could even post this list on the refrigerator so that everyone knows what to expect for meal time (and so they know exactly what they can help with during meal prep 😉 )!
Holiday Bucket List
Finally, I received a bunch of questions from people about organizing FUN! With the kids home for the holidays, there are often traditions you want to uphold, activities you want to do, maybe even trips you want to take… and you can keep track of it all on this page!
Again, I have it broken down into categories… acts of kindness, outdoor excursions, crafts and learning, food fun, trips to take, and a “miscellaneous” category as a catch-all. There is a column to note the cost of each activity and also how much time it will take so you can have all of the info you need to plan your activities.
As fun as it is to do allllll the things during the holidays and pack this list full to the brim, I try to prioritize and keep it simple so we can really focus on the few things that are important to us and enjoy the holidays and the extra family time, rather than running ourselves ragged trying to squeeze in every single activity. Hopefully this printable can help you get organized and be intentional about the things that are most important to you this season.
So those are my 5 little freebies for you! I hope that these printables will help make this year your most organized, relaxing holiday season yet! Enjoy your time with family and friends this week!