Christmas can be stressful as there is a lot to think about and it can get overwhelming. There are some simple things that you can do to take away some of the stress and worry. Here are my top tips for an organised Christmas! Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. For more information about what this means, please click here.
- If you find it hard to decide what to buy people or are short of time, then you could use a theme to help you. For example, one year you buy everyone jewellery. Or you could buy everyone clothing or everyone food gifts.
- Wrap gifts in groups of where they are going so that you can keep the gifts organised. There is nothing worse than getting muddled up with who is having what.
- Have a couple of wrapped generic gifts such as a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine in case any neighbours unexpectedly pop round bearing gifts! You can quickly write their name on the blank tag when you ‘go to grab their present from upstairs’. It will save any embarrassment or hurt feelings. If you do not end up having to give them to anyone then you have a nice little treat to reward yourselves for all of the hard work that you have done for Christmas!
- Have a notepad and pen next to you on Christmas morning so that you can note down who gave who what gift, ready for thank you notes.
- Write a list of things that you still have to do. Divide them by the amount of weeks/days until Christmas and delegate where you can.
- Write yourself a timeline of when things need to be cooked or prepped for your Christmas dinner. Work backwards from the time you would like to be sat down and tucking in.
- If you have upcoming parties or events then pick out your outfits and any accessories and hang them all together. Pop a sticky label on the coat hanger saying which event it is for at least two weeks before you need it. That way, you know exactly what you are wearing and you have time to buy or fix anything needed to complete the outfit.
- Plan some time for you to relax too so that you do not end up having a breakdown before Christmas day! Looking after yourself is as important as ever so do not let your needs go unmet!
- Make the most of internet shopping to save you time looking for car parking and trying to fit store visits around everything else.
Other top tips!
- Buy a supply of batteries now, especially if you have kids!
- Cook a few meals that you can double up and freeze half. That way, over the last couple of days before Christmas when things get their busiest, you will have homemade freezer dinners waiting to be defrosted and reheated.
- If you are planning on cooking for a larger amount of people than normal, make sure your oven is big enough for any planned birds. Also, make sure that you have enough baking trays and that they will fit the turkey!
- If you have a family, particularly older children, it is a good idea to have a family discussion about what you are expecting over the festive season. For example; what time do you expect teenagers to get up on Christmas morning or what is the earliest time you will get up for the over-excited people! That way, everyone will be on the same page and it will help minimise any arguments.
- Keep a folder for adding notes of things that you would like to do but can not afford. Or things that you do not have the time for this year. When you pack your Christmas things away, tape the folder to the outside of the box. It will be ready for you next year to help you do it all again!
- Be realistic about what you can achieve in terms of how much time and money you have. Just do the best you can and let the rest go!
If you have any good tips for an organised Christmas which I have not got here, then I would love to hear them! By leaving your ideas in the comments then they will help others too.