This year, Christmas will be a little different for most of us. While some countries are going back into lockdown, it might not be possible to reunite all your loved ones and the festivities might not be as big as usual. However, the Christmas season is always a stressful time, especially if you are hosting the party. And if not, there are still a ton of things to think about! To be organized this Christmas, I’ve created a list of everything you should plan and do in advance, to remove the stress of forgetting something at the last minute. So, if you have some time in your hand, why not starting to prepare your perfect holidays? Here are my tips and ideas of things you can start planning right now to be organized this Christmas.
20 Things you need to do now to be organized for Christmas
- Buy and write your Christmas cards.
- Mail them according to the postage time in your country. Don’t be like me and wait until the last minute.
- Decide on a budget: how much you are going to spend for gifts, food and drinks.
- Start brainstorming some gifts ideas for your loved ones and make a list. If you really can’t come up with anything, ask them!
- Don’t forget about yourself and make your own wishlist!
- Buy or order online gifts at the beginning of the month to avoid the crowd. There are lots of deals and plenty of time to get a delivery before Christmas if you buy online.
- Buy gift wrap, tags and tape! Guess who run out of gift wrap at the last minute last Christmas?
- Start wrapping your gifts as soon as you buy them.
- Have a look at your Christmas decorations. If you need to, buy some.
- Buy a Christmas tree! Decorate it. Do it with your loved ones.
- Plan all your recipes and meals ahead for Christmas Eve and Christmas day. I don’t know about you, but I am always scared of not doing enough food, and I end up with leftover for days. Instead, try to plan accordingly and make precise menus.
- Write your shopping list.
- Book an online delivery for food. Slots are booked well in advance for the week before Christmas, so make that as soon as you can.
- Buy the non-perishable items in advance (for example, pantry stuff and drinks).
- Make a meal plan. If you have to cook several meals for a lot of people, write down on your schedule what you need to make, and most importantly when you are going to make it. If you have a freezer, think of what you can make in advance.
- Think about what you are going to wear on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. I personally love to buy a new dress every year!
- Book your hair and beauty appointments. Hairdresser, in particular, can be very busy sometime before Christmas, so you should definitely book a spot in advance. Same goes for any beauty appointments (think about your nails!).
- Deep clean your house. Especially if you are receiving guests, don’t wait until the last minute to give your house a good clean. Also, empty the fridge as much as you can to get space for your leftovers.
- Create your own Christmas songs playlist!
- Finally, enjoy Christmas with your loved ones. Take some time to reflect on what you are grateful for, and appreciate these precious moments.
If you are in serious need of organization, I’ve got the perfect tool for you! I spent a lot of time creating this printable Christmas planner and it includes everything you need to organize your perfect Christmas season.
Use the monthly calendar and the daily schedules for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to plan ahead. Brainstorm your gift ideas and write them down to plan gifts for your loved ones. Also, stay on top of your budget with my expenses tracker.
Plan your meals or write your favourite Christmas recipes to be perfectly organized on Christmas day. Last but not least, use the guestlist tracker and the holiday event planner to organize the perfect parties. If this sounds like something you need, check out my ultimate Christmas planner here!
To conclude, enjoy this precious time with your loved ones, wherever you are in the world. As I said, Christmas might be a little different this year, but we still deserve joy and celebrations. I hope this post was useful and will help you organize your perfect Christmas! As always, do not hesitate to leave a comment or share it below.