I absolutely love Christmas! Sharing the excitement with my family as we count down for the big day and playing Christmas music as the boys and I decorate the tree, it is just magical. I like to plan and prep in advance to make sure everything is taken care of months beforehand. Here are a few handy tips for getting super organised this Christmas.
I always have a deep clean just before the Christmas decorations go up. The tree is up for what seems like an eternity so have a good clean prior to putting it up.
If you have a guest room then give it a good blitz ready for family and friends coming to stay over the festive season.
Don’t Shop To You Drop
I love nothing more than going out to the shops over Christmas but I always start shopping early. You see I hate to contend with the crowds and the endless queues! This is why I do a lot of my shopping online. You can cut time by searching for specific gifts such as homeware gifts for him and her, gifts for hobbies, children’s toys and so on, all from the comfort of your own home. Shopping online enables me to use cashback websites to get money back and I can also search for discounts to add to my orders. There is so much money to be saved by buying online.
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With family, friends and neighbours dropping by in what seems like a seemingly endless procession, I love to make sure my house is tip top. We always make an effort to ensure that any repairs or decorating are done before the festivities begin. Lots of the decorating centres and furniture suppliers have discounts and incentives to get your decorating done for less. Just make sure that you don’t leave it too late, as the demand increases dramatically the closer you get to Christmas.
A Festive Feast
We always cook Christmas dinner at home. I know its not everyone’s idea of fun, but we love it! With the Christmas songs on the stereo and the smell from the food, it’s just so festive. Cooking the dinner is much easier if you are prepared though. We plan what food we are having, book a delivery online and have the food delivered as close to Christmas as we can. We then write a plan for dinner, showing what times we need to put which items in the oven or on the hob, eliminating any disasters and reducing the stress level!
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Most of the stress around Christmas is due to not being prepared. There is no way I would be able to remember the thousands of jobs that need to be done without making lists. So I have lists for what we need to buy for the house, what gifts we need to buy and who for, who is coming to dinner, who doesn’t eat particular foods, you name it and I’ll probably have a list for it. It really does help though because how many times have you been wrapping the presents only to find that you forgot someone?
Do you like to be organised for Christmas? Or are you a last minute Mandy?
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