Two weeks ago I gave you 5 reasons to get organised for Christmas so I thought today I would share with you 7 ways you can get organised for Christmas. It’s only 7 weeks til Christmas and it will absolutely fly by!
1. Make a list (and check it twice)
That song it going to be stuck in your head all day now. You’re welcome.
But seriously, making a list is the easiest way to get your thoughts in order for anything, but especially for Christmas when you can sometimes forget or overlook some really important things.These are the lists you want to write to start with:
- everyone you need to buy presents for and your budget for each of them
- gift ideas for those people
- people you are writing Christmas cards to (if you do that)
- what food you will need for Christmas festivities (if you’re hosting)
2. Finalise plans with family
If you haven’t already sorted out with your family where your spending Christmas and how your dividing your time between all the families you need to see around Christmas, make sure you sort it out sooner rather than later!
If you know where you’re going and what you’re doing, make sure the rest of your family knows too!
3. Locate your Christmas paraphernalia (or purchase as needed)
Putting up the Christmas tree in 3.5 weeks will be a lot easier if you know where it is! Make sure you know where all your Christmas ‘stuff’ is, including the Christmas tree, decorations, Christmas cards, wrapping paper. Purchase anything you don’t already have so you’re all ready to decorate come 1 December!
4. Start buying gifts
This is why the list is so important! So you know what you’re actually going to buy!
If you can start buying some gifts now you will save yourself the big financial hit that comes with buying 20 presents in one shopping trip, plus the stress of trying to get all that done in one go! If you start buying now you should only have a couple left (if any) in that dreaded Christmas rush, which is a time you definitely don’t want to be going near any shops if you can help it!!
5. Start stocking up on food
If you know what food you’ll need for Christmas Day (if it’s at your house) or any parties you’re having, start stocking up on non-perishable items now so you don’t have to buy hundreds of dollars worth of food the week of Christmas (see above with avoiding the shops near Christmas!).
If you do end up buying all your food the week of, take advantage of Coles or Woolworths online shopping and home delivery so you can avoid the crowds.
6. Get your house ready for the Christmas period
Now is a great time to get on top of your housework or those things around the house you have been putting off. It’s lovely having your house all in order for the Christmas period, especially if you have kids and it is the start of school holidays. Start doing some of those tasks now so you don’t feel the pressure to do a massive clean of the house the day before a party or before family comes to stay. Getting on top of it now will make it much more manageable later on.
7. Make time for your Christmas traditions, or start some new ones
Okay, this is not strictly organisational, but one of the most fun things about the Christmas period are all the traditions that come along with it, and the ones my husband and I are making as a new family. Make sure you don’t overlook these traditions and see if you can even start some new ones this year to make the Christmas period feel super special.
My husband and I have a couple of special Christmas traditions, including setting up our Christmas tree while drinking champagne and listening to Michael Buble’s Christmas album which is always so much fun and I’m already looking forward to it!
Those are my 7 ways that you can get organised for Christmas over the next 7 weeks! What are your tips for getting organised for Christmas?
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