Hello Lovely People !
There's no denying that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year but it can also be pretty stressful. There's money to find, gifts to buy, arguments to ... well, argue hehe . In avoiding all of these stressful things I've found that organisation is key. So I've compiled a list of five essential tips that can help you make the most of your ( Stress free ) Christmas !
The Early Bird Catches The Worm
Prepare ! Organize yourself. Do not, I repeat DO NOT leave your shopping until the last minute. Get shopping as early as possible to make sure you get the gifts that your friends and family will be sure to love. If you're struggling for ideas, for the next four days of Blogmass I've got gift guides for Secret Santa, Women, Men, and Kids. There's something for everyone so be sure to check back over the next few days for lots of ideas.
Always Take A Tote Bag
Talking of shopping ... If there's one thing that I've learned in years of Christmas shopping it's to always take a tote bag ! They are so incredibly useful. Too many times I've finished up my shopping and am walking back to the car exhausted from a day of Christmas shopping when in the middle of York city center all of the plastic bags simultaneously fall through. So this year I'm taking tote bags so I don't have to worry about them and for the added bonus I won't have to pay 5p for a bag , Yay !
The last thing that you need at Christmas is to be stressing about money problems. So to avoid this, make sure you budget everything and know both what you have to spend and what you've already spent. For a step by step guide on how to budget your Christmas then check out yesterday's post here.
Post Those Christmas Cards
In the Uk Cards need to be sent by the 20th December second class or the 21st December first class to get your cards to their destination in time for Christmas. However the earlier you send them the longer they can be up so get writing!
Buying Wrapping Paper
We've all been there on Christmas eve when we've run out of wrapping paper with no time to buy any more. I also remember pulling a present out of my Santa sack as a kid while my mum mumbled something about the elves running out of wrapping paper hehe. Make sure you stock up on plenty of wrapping paper and buy tags. Last year I didn't buy any tags and handed everyone their presents with a post-it note with their names on ... not a good look.
What are your favorite tips to stay organized at Christmas ? Have you ever had any funny Christmas organization disasters ? I'd love to hear from you in the comments !
Don't forget to check back tomorrow for the first of four posts in my new mini series of gift guides.
Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :)
Lots of love, Marianne xxx
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