Welcome to week 3 on how to be organised for Christmas. I hope you are enjoying the ideas so far. My Christmas shopping is starting to take shape now and my hiding place is getting rather full but I am not ready to start the wrapping just yet. I need to be a little more in the festive mood to begin the wrapping with a good Christmas film on the TV and a glass of fizz.
Now is the time to get out and purchase gift wrap, bottle bags and tags. There is such a huge choice when it comes to gift wrapping but in the past I have found that some of the nicer patterns do sell out fast. So if your having a theme which runs right through to your gift wrapping then this is the week to go out and find the right paper for you. Don’t forget the bottle bags and the matching tags.
I am finding I am get less and less cards these days and more festive messages through social media. But I still love Christmas cards and find they are a tradition that should stick. A card can mean a lot to some people. Purchase your cards and make sure you buy enough. For the children work out how many children are in their classes and get your child to join in by putting together a list of the names so they have a list ready for when they come to write their cards. Also put together a list of who you are sending cards too and check international posting dates. Always have a few spares in case you receive cards from people that you haven’t planned to give one too. Its always nice to show acknowledgement.
The Christmas foods are now in the shops inciting us to buy. It great to pick up a few bits every week to help with budgeting. Clear out a kitchen cupboard ready for Christmas foods such as chocolates, nuts and snacks
Take stock of your pantry and baking staples. Add flour, spices, and sugar to your shopping list, as needed ready for that Christmas baking.
Now that you have made the kitchen cupboard space its time to start thinking about freezer space too. Give you freezer a good de-clutter. The freezer is a cold and desolate place that’s home to forgotten, icy food its time to remove all unusable food, and salvage the rest. Maybe spend a week eating what you actually have in their rather than adding to it so you have a clear space ready for those frozen party nibbles.
Plan some time into your schedule to take a day of work to give your home a really good deep clean before the decorations start to go up. Also you may want to consider professional cleaning services too like having your carpets and windows cleaned all ready for the festive season.
For those of you that don’t like to think about Christmas too soon my Christmas planning and cleaning calendar starts on November 25th