Sunday, 26 November 2017

CHRISTMAS | tips to stay organised for Christmas



Halloween has been and gone, and Christmas is coming along sooner rather than later! And with Christmas comes a stressful time for a lot of people.

For anyone who knows me, you know how organised I am (coughslightocdcough) and I wanted to share some of my tips and tricks on how to be organised throughout November and December to make sure everything goes smoothly!

1- SPREAD THE COST


Starting early helps spread the cost of Christmas. If you see something whilst out that you just KNOW will be the perfect gift for someone then grab it! You never know - things sell out or you may forget where you got it from! I usually start buying at the beginning of November once I have had October's pay pack, and that way I know I can buy some presents this month and some at the beginning of December. (especially as I work in retail and December is obviously a busy time for me, I find getting some done in November takes the pressure off me when I am going to be work orientated in December.)


2- A GIFT BAG FOR EACH PERSON


I find the best way to know exactly what you have bought everyone is to buy individual gift bags for people. That way, when I buy a present, instead of it going in a collective big bag and then me questioning further down the line who I bought something for, this way I can separate up the presents. And it is also then in a cute little gift bag for when I give it to the person! I personally got my little gift bags from Poundland this year and all my main wrapping paper, ribbons, tissue and bows from Card Factory, and all match perfectly!


3- DON'T FORCE IDEAS & PAY ATTENTION TO PEOPLE


Sometimes thinking of ideas for people can be hard, especially for relatives you don't see very often or people that are generally difficult to buy for. I find the best way to get ideas is just to listen. Listen to what a person says they would like/need, or if they point something out or just think about who they are as a person. For example, my sister is difficult to buy for but I know she loves Sherlock so I could literally get anything Sherlock related. If someone likes coffee, you could get flavoured coffee beans, or coffee syrup, or a new mug. Don't sit there and stew over ideas, let them come to you.


4- MAKE PLENTY OF LISTS


I cannot praise lists enough. I make way too many, like more than you really should. I leave them everywhere. And especially at Christmas I cannot recommend lists enough. It means you can separate your tasks out - food, decorations, Christmas card list - and even delegate tasks if needed. For example, my mum and grandma sit down mid November and make a list of all the food that we need and split it up between the two of them. It really helps to make sure you stay on top of things, and even set deadlines if you need to for each thing!


5- DECLUTTER THE HOUSE IN PREPARATION 


Especially with young children, decluttering the house of old toys and games before Father Christmas brings them new presents helps keep the house tidy and shows you exactly what they have and what they don't have, and things they may need. The same can be said for the rest of the house ready for when family come and stay, or when you put the tree up. As well as this, check your decorations and have a declutter of any decorations or lights that may be broken or not working. (and this way, you can always hit up the shops early to get new ones before the rushes begin at the beginning of the December!)


You guys know I love Christmas, but what is your favourite time of the year?

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