Over the past 10 or so years I've gradually come to the realization that although it might be fun to race round doing Christmas shopping at the last minute, being disorganized and stressed over the holiday season ruins it for you - so my mission this year, is to show everyone how to plan Christmas; so you can actually sit back, relax and enjoy it yourself too!
If you're anything like me, you look forward to Christmas and your kids love it, and at the beginning of November you start to get excited, buy a few Christmas Presents and maybe a decoration or two ... then you think you're well ahead of the game. The next thing you know, it's December 20th - you've got no money, no plans, no decorations and a house full of bored, over excited kids!
It's all about the preparation.
Getting organised is the best way to have a stress free Christmas, it might sound boring; but have a little fun with it - involve the whole family and create some new family traditions in the process!
I'll be sharing some really cool resources with you and inviting you to have a look at what we do and how we do it. Our family is a little bit strange though (so I've been told), so feel free to change things up and put your own stamp on it.
I get a little bit over excited about now, and normally pull out my Christmas Planner, which is basically a big lever arch file that I throw any articles, checklists, gift ideas, envelopes that I've written on, rough notes and recipes throughout the year.
I try to put these in some kind of order every year but this year they are going to be RIGHT HERE - for you all to read and share and take advantage of to your hearts content!
What is there to plan?
So, every family’s needs are different, but I am going to try and cover everything I can think of - obviously, if a section doesn’t apply to you - just skip on to the next one.
So, Those are the basics for getting organised for Christmas - but if you really get the Organising Christmas bug, there are loads of other things you could incorporate into your planner and you will want to come back to it year after year.
Xmas Organisation - Keep it together.
However you choose to Organise, whether it be a Physical Planner or an online method, make sure it is all together and easily accessible. You will have Gift Lists, decoration ideas, clothes sizes, craft material lists, card lists and food planners that you will need to get to quickly if you see the perfect bargain that you just can’t pass up!
Plan Christmas ... And Start Now!!
Decide on your format, and gather your materials. Together, we are going to create a one stop shop for all things Christmas in your family. Hopefully, it will become your best friend as we get ready for this holiday season and many more years to come - you never know, it may become something to hand down generation after generation.
Getting Organised (Checklists, Calendar, Budget Planner and Cleaning Calendar.)
Step 1. Get yourself a dedicated Calendar from now until New Years, it can be part of your normal diary if you have one, or a printable calendar, or even just a Bullet Journal style Notebook, with the dates down one side. The main thing is that you have an easy to read overview of the time you have between now and New Years. You could even splash out on one of these Christmas Organizers.
Most of the Christmas organisers i came across were pretty naff to be honest and not really what I would be looking for, but these 2 are pretty, functional and look like they’d be fun to use.
Step 2. Mark in your planner all of your appointments and engagements that are already planned and have to be done. You can do this however is easiest for you, you could mark every single thing on there, or just the things to do with Christmas, or even just the unusual appointments that are out of the ordinary.
Step 3. Next you should enter the items from the following tables, obviously disregard anything that doesn’t apply to you and add anything that does! If you are starting this after the beginning of November, you might have to shuffle things up a bit! As you start to find out when parties and school plays are arranged, write them on the Calendar. Keep it with you so if someone calls or asks you in person if you’re free, you can check then and there.
Beginning of November
1st - 10th november
11th - 20th November
21st - 30TH NOVEMBER
start of december
10th - 20th december