Christmas is fast approaching. This is how you get ready for Christmas now?
Now is the time to get it all together, earlier and smarter.
To start make lists.
Lists are awesome.
Use them everywhere.
I have a small chalkboard where I quickly write down things as we run out of them, then I add them to my phone.
I have papers over the table with things that I want to get done.
How to get ready for Christmas now:
Make your gift giving list
Know who you are going to buy for, and any ideas on what you want to buy for them.
Start setting aside any extra money, separate from your everyday money to make sure it doesn’t get spent.
Anything laying around that you no longer use: sell it.
Check your supplies
Do you have enough tape, wrapping paper and cards?
You don’t want to run out in the middle of getting wrapped and ready for giving.
Need new lights, stockings or Santa decor to get ready for Christmas?
It’s best to know ahead of time to budget for this expense.
While the best time to buy these is after the holidays for BIG savings, we all end up needing something unexpectedly.
Create your budget
How much do you plan to send one to each member of your family.
Don’t go over your budget!
Also make sure to consider any gifts that you have to ship as it is expensive.
I use an Excel spreadsheet to keep my purchases in line, what I bought, for who, and how much it was.
What do you plan to make yourself – cards, cookies, gifts, etc.
Get started now and don’t delay.
Store what’s been made and freeze those extra cookies or pies.
It is easier and more efficient to increase the recipe.
The more prepared for the holidays you are , the less stressed you will be.
Last but not least; planning ahead will get you relaxed to enjoy the holidays with your family and friends.