week 4

Queen of Clean does Christmas week 4

Christmas is getting close. The decorations are up in shops, festive music is being played and the Christmas TV adverts have well and truly started. I just can’t wait to see what John Lewis bring to us this year.
My favourite so far has to be the bear and the hare. It was such a beautiful advert. Moz the Monster went down well with my son last year but mainly because the PJ’s were glow in the dark.

This week tasks for your Christmas preparations are:

Order you meats – If you are hosting Christmas dinner this year get those meat orders in.  Don’t forget to order your chipolatas and bacon too for your pigs in blankets.  If you order and pay early its one less thing to worry about.  Local farm shops do some great offers on your Christmas meats too and sometimes can even deliver.
Christmas Crackers – Get these in this week loads of great choices on the high street.  But remember to make sure they match your Christmas table theme and always have a few spares in case you end up with some unexpected guests.
Christmas party outfits – I am sure many of us have packed December diaries but that means a few Christmas outfits for you and your family and
don’t forget those Christmas jumpers too.
Christmas Jumper day is December 14th this year.
These items do sell out quick so being prepared and buying something you actual like is important. Very,have some gorgeous Christmas party dresses lots of glitter and sequins so head over and take a look at their party wear selection. CLICK HERE
 
Red Knit 3D Reindeer Christmas Jumper
Love this cute jumper its only £14.99 and has a 3D nose. CLICK HERE
Don’t forget your accessories too lots of pretty sparkly bags around along with sparkly earrings.  If you treat the kids to Christmas Eve PJ’s it may be worth you looking at getting these now too before all the sizes sell out. Tesco have fab Grinch ones, looks like I will be off to see this movie very soon, I was never a fan of the original one! and  New Look have a great choice for teenagers.
Don’t forget the shoes!!
Travel – If your travelling by train for Christmas get those tickets booked now, prices for Christmas week will be reasonable at the moment but if you leave it much longer you will find they will start to double or even triple!
Advent Calendars – There must be a calendar for almost anything these days! I have been treated to the one from YOU magazine Martin Lewis did a feature on it. Personally I don’t really agree with them I think a simple chocolate is enough but Rob insisted.  But if you are looking for a specialist calendar, whether it be from Lego, smiggle, benefit get these now.
I always donate advert calendars to a local children’s charity for families that can’t afford these luxuries. It’s always good to be mindful at Christmas as not everyone enjoys this time of the year. If you can donate a gift box or an advent calendar to a local charity I know these items are very much appreciated and don’t forget woman’s aid are always on the look out for unused toiletries.

Don’t forget the Christmas cleaning Calendar starts very soon, get your copy now to help you stay super organised this year CLICK HERE

Thank you for following my Christmas Challenge

Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxo

 

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week 3

Christmas Count Down Week 3

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.

Gift Wrap

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.

Christmas Cards

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.

Don’t forget to buy your postage stamps and check you have updated your address book.

Make kitchen Space

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.

Freezer de-clutter

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.

Getting head of the cleaning

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

Hope these small weekly steps are helping to give you a more organised Christmas.

Thanks for reading
Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxo