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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Get Organized Now for Christmas - Day 2 - Create Christmas Organization Center

There are several ways to create your center and numerous items to put into your center. Everyone must customize their center to what suits your needs. The supplies to keep in your center should be unique to you and your planning goals.

A "center" can be a basket, magazine holder, corner of the kitchen counter, corner of the desk, part of the shelf on the bookshelf, in the cabinet under the TV, the kitchen drawer . . . wherever you want to put your center.

Step 1:
Gather the supplies you will need for your Christmas Center. Most people will include the following items in their center:

  1. Christmas Handbook (more about this tomorrow).
  2. Writing supplies - pen, pencil, highlighter, sticky notes, page markers, etc. You won't have to to hunt for them later when you need them.
  3. Books and magazines - books that you want to go through to see/to find projects or recipes you can use for your holiday planning this year.
  4. Current projects, whether you are working on addressing Christmas Cards or crocheting a dishrag or scrapbooking a mini album or painting ornaments, keep it in your center so you can work on the projects whenever you have a few minutes to work on it.

Step 2:
Decide whether your center needs to be portable or not. If you want it to be portable, find a basket, crate, tote bag, etc., that will hold all your items in it. You now have a portable Christmas Organizing Center.

Step 3:
Now add those extra touches to your center -- a Christmas candle, some candy canes, Christmas CD, pictures of your family at Christmas, a Bible, etc. -- to personalize your center.

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