One-Envelope Christmas Organization Method

This year Christmas is looking a little different. Myself, along with many others, are doing majority of holiday shopping online. Usually, I like to shop in person, as I enjoy Christmas shopping as a holiday activity with family and friends throughout the season.

Online shopping while easy and quick, presents itself with some organizational hurdles. Where did you order from? Who is the gift for? Has it shipped? Have you paid? When will it arrive? How can I return the item need be? All of these questions and uncertainties were floating around in my head, so I decided to stream line via organization (my favourite thing to do!) .

Here is what I came up with:

The One Envelope Method

In my stash of office supplies I found this red binder envelope with snap closure and back pocket. I thought this would be perfect to store receipts, as well as the “Christmas Gift Tracker” I created. This envelope was from the dollar store, but you can find similar (affiliate link) ones online or at your local dollar or office store.

Of course, no organization project is ever complete without a label! To customize my envelope I labeled it using my DYMO labeller (affiliate link) and added some green stickers for festivity.

DYMO Label Maker
In the back pocket I store the Christmas Gift Tracker

I created this on Pages – but you could also create something like this on Excel or Canva! You could customize the headings to be applicable to your needs, I included Recipient, Gift, Website, Price, Date Ordered, Date Shipped, and Date Received. To embellish the list I added a watercolour PNG which I bought years ago (I apologize I cannot find the artist again).

So far, this method has kept me on top of deliveries I have coming in and what is still outstanding. It is also a great way to see “at a glance” how balanced your buying has been, perhaps you need a few more things for one person or you have gone a little overboard for someone else.

You can have this on hand over the holidays should you need to access a receipt etc. Also, at the end of the season you can tuck this away and access it again next year to go over your past spending and gifts given! It’s a win – win. Cheap, simple, practical! Let me know if you give this a try.

2021 Planner: Filofax A5 Finsbury

The moment has arrived! I have officially selected my planner for the year 2021. After much consideration, I have decided to go with the classic, luxurious and practical – Filofax A5 organizer.   

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The style I selected is called the Finsbury and I went with the vivid Forest Green colour. The planner is a high quality genuine leather in a pebbled texture. I have owned a Filofax organizer in the past, and I can vouch for the quality of this leather. It is durable, top notch and retains it’s colour extremely well. I totally get why people collect these planners! 

Back Flap – Note pad pocket, pen loop and snap strap closure.

Why Filofax? 

There are so many planners out there, every year I find myself craving change. This past year I have been using an Erin Condren Life Planner in the Horizontal layout. This planner is great as it is bright, colourful, offers structure and is at a decent price point. Although I LOVE my Erin Condren (and Erin Condren planners of years past)- I felt myself wanting something a bit more polished and also flexible in use.

Enter Filofax! There are a few things I absolutely love about Filofax organizers – their elegant style, the flexibility of use and their truly luxury, high quality materials. Filofax offers so much room to change and grow through their binder rings. You can design your planner exactly how you want to fit your changing needs – something I felt was lacking for my needs in a static planner (ie, Erin Condren). I have not yet set up the “sections” of my Filofax – I am saving that as a Christmas Vacation activity! I look forward to getting into this planner and seeing how it evolves with me as 2021 unfolds.

Planner Accessories

Ballpoint Pen (Black)

Franklin Covey: Nantucket Black/ Stripe Ballpoint Pen, Black Ink (affiliate link)

Highlighters

Zebra: Mildliner Double Ended Highlighters (affiliate link)

Felt Tip Pen

Le Pen: Black Felt Tip Marvy (affiliate link)

Markers

Paper Mate: Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens (affiliate link)

 

Daily Inserts

Filofax: One Day On A Page With Appointments A5 2021

Note: when you purchase the Filofax A5 it comes with Week on Two Pages inserts. I personally like to have more writing space, so I ordered these to use instead.