Christmas is coming! Yes, it’s November and we just went there.
We love the process of getting organised, especially for our favourite time of the year - Christmas. However, we know the thought of Christmas planning can feel like one giant, stressful to-do list. And no one wants that.
With some thoughtful planning, we want the silly season to be fantastic, not frantic. So, we have broken down our essential To Do’s so you can tackle Christmas in an organised manner.
To Do #1
Failing to plan, is planning to fail and with so many parties to attend, gifts to buy and holidays to book, you need to get organised. Your first To Do is to write everything you need to get done between now and Christmas Day. Look at when each item needs to get done by and allocate reminders and deadlines in your diary to help you stay on track.
To Do #2
Christmas is traditionally the most expensive time of the year so we want to make sure you have enough money put aside for gifts and other expenses that have a habit of unexpectedly popping up. There is nothing worse than checking out your bank account the week before Christmas only to discover you have run out of money. Our second To Do is to set aside a set amount of money each week. This will ensure you have dedicated enough money to spend on gifts without feeling the pinch. And so, you can treat yourself to a few cocktails, of course!
To Do #3
No one likes running around frantically at the shops on Christmas Eve because you forgot to get your grandma a gift. Not fun! Our aim is to have you enjoying Christmas with your friends and family, so our third essential To Do is to make sure you spread out your Christmas shopping. Write down a list of people whom you’ll be buying gifts for, including a budget allocated to each person. Then in the weeks leading up to Christmas, spread out your shopping. And when you buy a gift online, remember you usually have up until 9th-20th December (depending on your location) if you want your gifts to be delivered before Christmas Day.
To Do #4
Buy your gifts online! We are all for organisation and if you are time poor, which we all are at the end of the year, buying gifts online saves time and you can shop at any time of the day – no need to check out extended trading hours here! Yes, you’ll pay for postage but that’s nothing compared to fighting for coveted car parks and battling the intense Christmas crowds. And if you leave enough time, you can always choose the less expensive postage option!
If you don't have your notebook handy, utilise our printable Every Essentials Kit to plan your Christmas To Do's.
AOL Article by Jaharn Giles from Your Creative Start
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