It is really hard to believe that Thanksgiving was just 4 days ago, and Christmas is a little over 3 weeks away AND I’m not ready … at least with my shopping. I have purchased a few gifts so far but have still a whole lot more to go. I usually know my menu, but I’m not fully decided on that as of yet.
But I’m not worried. I will have a handle on what needs to be done to have a successful Christmas with my family within the next few days. How about you? Are you feeling ready or are you feeling overwhelmed? Being overwhelmed as Christmas is approaching is never a good idea. We should be enjoying Christmas and not feel it’s a burden. That’s why planning and organizing are critical to ensure a peace celebration of your Christmas season!
What are those chores and tasks that need to be accomplished so your Christmas can be a success? Well, I’ve made a list, checked it twice and hope it will make your load lighter!
- Decide on your budget for Christmas gifts.
- Make your Christmas gift list. Remember keeping track of what you buy family and friends each year is helpful. Also, track what you spend.
- Take your family Christmas photo and order Christmas cards if you do the “Photo” Christmas Cards.
- Schedule your shopping days but consider doing some “on-line” shopping.
- Decide on a place for storing your Christmas gifts … at least until you wrap them.
- Decide on a place for storing all your Christmas shopping receipts.
- Purchase wrapping paper, Christmas cards and stamps.
- Wrap gifts as you purchase them.
- Purchase and wrap “on hand” gifts for unexpected guests.
- Write out your Christmas cards.
- Plan, schedule and invite those for the Christmas parties you host.
- Schedule babysitter for the Christmas parties you attend.
- De-clutter house to make room for Christmas decorations … and decorate.
- Decorate outside.
- Put up your Christmas tree if you use artificial. Purchase Christmas tree if you have fresh. Then decorate.
- Review your Christmas cookie list.
- Review your Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day dinner and plan your menu.
- Check on ingredients and make list of what you need to purchase for your meals.
- Begin to purchase ‘non-perishable’ foods.
- Make meals and freeze for those busy times closer to Christmas.
- Re-charge or purchase batteries for your cameras or special gifts.
- Backup pictures from your phone or camera to be sure you have space to take more pictures.
- Prepare your guest room for your Christmas guests.
- Clean out the refrigerator to be sure you have room for your Christmas meals.
- Purchase your ‘perishable’ foods.
- Set the table.
- Set a schedule and cooking times for your Christmas Eve/Christmas Day meals.
- Remember to have some down time to recharge.
- Lastly, remember the reason for the season!!!
If your planning still overwhelms you, consider hiring a Professional Organizer to help you with your Christmas Planning List.
Have a wonderful and Merry Christmas! I hope all your dreams for this Christmas season will come true.
Your Health, Wellness & Organizational Coach … Believing in You!