By Organising guru – Sharne Kuper
Planning early for Christmas makes a less stressed holiday season and allows you to focus on the real importance of the holidays, which is to spend meaningful time together.
I know you may think it early but a little planning ahead for Christmas means you can enjoy it too. There is nothing worse than having to drag your little ones out to buy last minute gifts. Christmas lists not only keep you organised but can also keep you to your budget and spending within your means can make for a happier New Year.
Here are some ideas to get ready for Christmas:
Make a gift-giving list and remember to include friends, family, teachers and hostess gifts. The more comprehensive your list the less likely you are to overspend and see gifts sit around in the cupboard till next year.
I also find it handy to make a wish list for my 2 boys. Often family members will ask me what can they get for them and instead of being stumped I have a list ready to offer them a few ideas.
If you start to make your list now you can take advantage of any sales or specials you see coming up for Christmas. Also keep in mind cut-off dates for online orders and postal deliveries if you are sending parcels interstate or abroad. This will save you extra dollars and avoid express shipping costs.
Make a card/email list and use the opportunity to update street and email addresses before your planned “to send” time.
Check what wrap, ties and cards you have left over from last year and buy only what you need. Remember if you have little ones buy a different roll of wrapping paper for gifts from that jolly man with the big belly!
If being organised is now your new approach to Christmas then consider buying next years decorations, cards and wrap on sale at the end of this season. As long as you have somewhere to store it out of the way.
The month of December flies by! There is often a lot to do and to attend. I like to use a wall planner and add all the concerts, performances and party invites to so we can all see what is happening. This ensures no double bookings, allows you to schedule some down time and lets you be prepared in advance for anything you may have to contribute to.
I always encourage the kids to go through their toys in the month leading up to Christmas and to give those that are unwanted to charity. This makes room for the new and also lets them understand there are children who are less fortunate than they are.
Plan your Christmas menu. Even if you are not having to prepare the whole meal and are just taking a dish or two along. Think ahead what you are going to take. Now is not the time to learn new culinary showstoppers unless you have tested them before hand.
If you have somewhere to store them you can start to buy non-perishable food and drink items ahead of time.
If you want specialty food items like a ham ensure you ask the cut-off dates for ordering so that you don’t miss out.
Having children around for Christmas makes it a truly special time however often the gift giving can get really out of hand. This is something I discovered on Pinterest a couple of years ago and I think it is a great gift-giving rule even if we stretch it a little…
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“Sharne is a Sydney based Professional Organiser. After spending most of her career in fashion she has found her calling in helping people reclaim their space and simplify their lives. “I love doing what I do and seeing what a difference it can make in peoples lives is very rewarding”