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

 

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Christmas present hiding

Hiding Christmas presents is something I have to think about every year. I like to be super organised and start my Christmas shopping early, the summer sales can be great for picking up bargains but my issue is where do I hide them?

I always have to think of clever ideas where no one in my family will be quick to look. I also have to remember where the hiding spots are.

Being organised is always the key with Christmas.

I am sure some of us as children we went off looking for Christmas presents, you may even as gone as far finding them and then opened up your presents to see what was inside and then quickly stuck it back together again. Naughty Naughty!

I have come up with a list of places that you can potentially use as hiding places. But make sure you keep a list of what you have brought, who you have brought for and where you have hidden the present.  Print of my free printable to help you keep track of your Christmas shopping.

I have been known to hide presents to well and then I can’t actually find them when it comes to wrapping them up! Not a good move.

My top hiding places are

  • Garage or shed – Hide them in empty boxes or thick bin bags.
  • Laundry Basket – Hide items in a disused pillow case and then leave this at the bottom of the ironing pile.  I mean in my house I tend to be the only one who does any ironing so the chances of anyone looking here are very slim.
  • Suitcase – The holiday suitcases have been put away and are no longer in use so this is the perfect place to hide items
  • Family – Use the family for delivers and to hide items, they may have a spare room where you can leave items that no one will see. This is good for larger presents such as bikes.
  • Car boot – If you have a boot tidy in the back on your car this is another great hiding spot but always ensure you lock your car.
  • Empty shoe boxes – You may have a few of these in the bottom of your wardrobe so empty out the shoes and fill the boxes with presents.
  • Loft – Perfect place that children will struggle to get into.
  • Plastic Tupperware tub – We all have quite a few of these in the kitchen cupboards, keep a few empty and use these to hold small gifts.
  • Filing cabinet – If you have a home office the filing cabinet is a great place as this can also be locked.
  • Ottoman – Mine is full of bedding and towels so I can hide items in between.
  • Underwear drawer – This is a personal space where no one should go so hide a few items in here.
  • In books – Gift cards, iTunes vouchers can easily be hidden within a book

I hope I have given you a few ideas to make your Christmas present hiding a little more stressful.

If you have any hiding places then please feel free to share below, it always great to help each other out and then I can add them on for next year.

Happy Christmas Shopping

Lynsey Queen of clean xoxox