Checklists for a More Organized Christmas

The 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series started yesterday, but I wanted to make a separate post with the free downloads I made available to you!

There are three different packages to download.  The first being blank checklists that you can personalize with your very own things you’d like to get done.  The second is a set of checklists with some suggested things to get done each week leading up to Christmas.  The third is a Holiday Planner with all sorts of helpful things!

Simply Click on each image to access the downloads!  I hope they’re useful to you!
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Checklist for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

Do you want to know my secret for a stress-free Thanksgiving? (or any big family meal for that matter…)  Yeah? Okay. Just have your Dad, who loves to cook, prepare all the main dishes and Turkey, then all you have to do is bring along the dessert. ;)

While this is a realistic scenario for our Thanksgiving and special occasions, (my dad is the best!) I’m sure it’s not for most families.  We can get away with this because we usually have a maximum of 8 people to serve.

Since I know big family meals can be hectic (I’ve experienced many of my husband’s extended family get-togethers), I thought creating a checklist would be really helpful to those of you that want to cut back on some chaos.

This checklist doesn’t tell you what to cook (I trust you have your family favourites) but I’m hoping it will give you a guideline for when things can be completed.  Also, I realize that Canadian Thanksgiving is only a week away, but I think this checklist can be used for any holiday dinner. Simply click on the image below or click here to download your free Checklist for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving.

Checklist for a stress-free thanksgiving

How to you lessen the stress of big family meals?  Also, I’d love to hear what goes on your Thanksgiving menu in the comments!

Free Printable Wall Art for Your Home

free printable wall art

One of my good friends celebrated a birthday last month and I wanted to do something a bit more personal for her this year.  We’ve been through our ups and downs together for nearly 18 years.  18!  Now, that in itself is special. :)

I have been having a lot of fun creating the graphics for Simply Frugal so I knew I wanted to try my hand at creating some wall art.  So, I asked her what her favourite bible verse was and got to work playing around with different fonts and colours.  Fun!

This is what I came up with:


I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out and my friend seemed to love it!  Especially, I think, that it was made just for her.  I gave it to her in a picture frame I picked up somewhere along the way.

I was having so much fun, I decided to make another one:

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Of course, I can’t show you these without making them available for you to download and print for yourself!  Each picture is made to fit a 5×7 frame and perfect for decorating on a budget!

I hope you enjoy!

The Master Cleaning List (Free Printable)

Master Cleaning List

I’m a weirdo, but I actually enjoy cleaning.  It’s a nice way to “take a break” from working or a loud toddler.  She likes to clean too though, so quite often I’ll hand her a rag and her mini mop and she’ll go to town!  That girl sure is thorough! Even the walls get done regularly with her around.

Anyways, I had fun creating a Master Cleaning List that I intend on putting to use in our own home, but thought you might like it too!  The top portion includes daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly cleaning suggestions.  The bottom portion is a spring cleaning list!  Once Spring hits, I’m planning a bit of a challenge that hopefully many of you will want to join with me on that uses the spring cleaning tasks! :)  I’ll have more details once the time draws nearer.

Download your free Master Cleaning List here.

The Ultimate Packing List Printable

This list is not just any list, it's The Ultimate Packing List!

Since we’re in Mexico and all, we had to do some extensive packing for the three of us.  It also seems as though I make a new packing list every time we go somewhere.  So I thought I’d make up a list that you and I can print off each time!  This list is not just any list, it’s The Ultimate Packing List!  It includes items that you would bring on any trip, but also breaks down into specific trips you may be making.  Neat, right?

I’ve also included a list of things to to before you go away.

Check out and download The Ultimate Packing List here!

If I forgot something, or if you like to bring specific items, just turn the paper over to write your additions.

Peanut Butter Cookies and a Free Printable

These soft peanut butter cookies are delicious and are sure to be a hit!

I know peanut butter cookies don’t exactly scream Christmas, but they’re my husband’s favourite and I wanted to share my recipe!  Included with this post is a free “Send Joy” printable to help make your gift giving more festive!

While I think the printable tag looks cute with cookies, I think it would also look great with a loaf!  Maybe banana bread?  If you’re not too keen on peanut butter cookies, you might want to consider these holiday favourites of ours:

send joy imageClick the image above or click here to download the “Send Joy” printable tags.

Peanut Butter Cookies
Serves: Makes 2 dozen cookies
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1¼ cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl (I used my KitchenAid mixer)
  3. Form dough into small rounded balls and place on cookie sheets
  4. Press a fork into each ball twice to make a criss-cross design.
  5. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes

 These soft peanut butter cookies are delicious and are sure to be a hit!

Free Download – Master Cleaning List

I’m back with two more free downloads for you!  This time I have two versions of a master cleaning list.

Hope you enjoy!  Let me know if there is anything I should really change!

Basic Pantry Staples List (and a Free Printable)

Having a well-stocked pantry can save you from unnecessary trips to the grocery store. Here's a list of basic pantry staples to have on hand at all times!

Having a well-stocked pantry can save you from unnecessary trips to the grocery store and eating out too often.  Since I’m also cleaning out our kitchen cupboards this week, I thought I’d put together a basic pantry staples list (items you’ll quite likely find in my own cupboards) that would be useful to have on hand at all times!

Below my list, you’ll find a Pantry Inventory printable with areas that you can fill in to suit your own needs.  Hope you like it!

Basic Spices

  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Ginger powder
  • Cumin
  • Chili Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Chicken bouillon powder/cubes

Dried Goods

  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Coffee, tea
  • Cornstarch
  • Cereal
  • All purpose flour/whole wheat flour
  • Sugar/icing sugar
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Jams and preserves
  • Dried beans

Canned Goods

  • Tomatoes (paste, sauce, diced)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned beans
  • Canned fruit
  • Pickles
  • Pasta sauce
  • Canned tuna, salmon, chicken

Baking Supplies

  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Oats
  • Chocolate chips/raisins
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Honey
  • Yeast


  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Soy sauce
  • Oils (olive, grape seed, vegetable)
  • Barbeque sauce
  • Vinegars (white, balsamic, apple cider)
  • Maple syrup
  • Peanut butter

Perishable Items

  • Bread – including bagels and buns
  • Dairy – milk, butter, cheese, yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Frozen fruit and vegetables
  • Onions and garlic
  • Meat, fish and poultry

Is there anything you would add to the basic pantry list?



Click on the image above to print your own Pantry Inventory list!

Free Download – Important Numbers

As I’ve been slowly cleaning/purging the house, I’ve come across a lot of little pieces of paper with phone numbers written down.  Silly!  This inspired me to make up a sheet that would include all the phone numbers that we need to keep on hand.

Download the Important Numbers printable!

Free Download – Coupon Tracker

Organize your coupon stash with these printable coupon trackers!

I have a couple of new downloads for you!  Since I’m organizing my coupon binder this week, I thought I’d make up a couple of forms that could make tracking the coupons you have in your stash easier!

The first one includes a spot for you to write the coupon, value of the coupon, expiry, the number you have in your stash and how many you’ve used:

The second one includes the same things as the above tracker, but I added a spot to include the coupon type (printable,,, in hopes that it may help you order/print more of that particular coupon:

Click on the images to get to the downloads (PDF).

What do you think?  Useful, or not?