The Ultimate Guide to an Organized Christmas

The Ultimate Guide to an Organized Christmas

The Christmas season is full of laughter, twinkling lights, and, often, a never-ending to-do list. You don’t have to feel overwhelmed by all the tasks that need to be done by December 25th. Just carve out some planning time before the season starts to create an organized Christmas.

1

Start Early

The simplest way to finish your Christmas tasks in time is by getting started early. There are plenty of things you can do before Dec. 1 to get prepared, like shopping. You can do your Christmas shopping all year long. The same goes for decluttering: Do a fall cleaning before the start of the holiday season to get rid of clutter that has built up over the year. That way, when it’s time to set up for Christmas, you’ll be able to straighten up quickly.

 

When you’re ready to set up your decorations, do it in stages. Depending on how many you have, it could take days to fully adorn your home. Instead of trying to do it all at once, block out a little time every day. You can lighten your load by making decorating a fun family activity. Turn on your favorite holiday tunes and get everyone involved.

2

Write a Christmas To-Do List

Dining Table Decorated for a Christmas Party

Make a list of everything you need to do to get ready for Christmas, down to the tiniest detail. Include items like gifts you want to buy, people you want to send Christmas cards to, and even yearly holiday traditions. Maybe you haven’t ordered your Christmas cards yet. That task should be on the list. Are there holiday events that you’re planning? Put them all on the list and include anything you need to do to prepare for the events, like arranging the table or buying a new dinnerware.

 

You can make your to-do list more comprehensive by organizing it into categories: things to do, things to buy, things to make, and things to plan. You’ll likely need to plan a menu for a big meal or dinner party, and you can’t forget about planning a budget for all your Christmas festivities. Put it all on the list.

3

Simplify Your Tasks

Holiday Glasses & Barware for Holiday Hosting

Now that you have an exhaustive list of things to do before Christmas, it’s time to simplify it. First, cut out anything unnecessary. If you know that you struggle with eliminating tasks, label things that are the lowest priority and only do them if you have extra time.

 

You can also look for ways to simplify individual tasks. Instead of spending a full weekend at the mall, check our  gift hub and shop from the comfort of your home. If baking isn’t your favorite holiday activity, you can buy baked goods instead. Forget fancy holiday cocktails for your dinner party, just set up a serve-yourself bar.

4

Create Deadlines

Guest Room Decorated for Christmas

Your to-do list is a great start. Now, you need to transfer all your tasks to a calendar to ensure that everything gets done. Even items that don’t have definite deadlines can be added. For instance, decide when you want to be done shopping for Christmas gifts and mark that as a deadline in your calendar. Make sure to schedule shopping time leading up to your deadline.

 

Make note of special days, like when shipments will arrive or when guests get into town. It’s helpful to schedule time for yourself to prepare for guests so you’re not scrambling to set up the guest room at the last minute. The same goes for holiday parties. Whether you’re hosting or attending, you’ll need time to prep. Filling out your calendar is only part of the battle — a schedule is only helpful if you use it.

5

Set Up a Gift Wrapping Station

Christmas Presents

You can make it easier to check items off your to-do list by setting up helpful stations around your home. The most useful option is probably a gift-wrapping station. Find a secluded spot with a door that locks to keep out any present peepers. You can store all your wrapping supplies, like gift boxes, wrapping paper, tape, tissue paper, ribbons, and bows, for easy access. If the space is big enough, you can also store all the gifts you still need to wrap. Keeping a gift inventory will be an invaluable resource. It will help you remember what you’ve purchased, where you’ve hidden it, who it’s for, and whether or not it’s wrapped.

 

You can set up a station for anything that you’ll have to come back to more than once to complete. A Christmas card station is another one that will save time and energy because you won’t have to set out supplies and clean them up every time you want to work on the project. Once it’s all arranged, you can stuff and address envelopes in small 10- to 20-minute chunks to keep yourself from getting too bored with it.

6

Make Time to Relax

Your holiday schedule might be packed full of tasks and activities, but you still deserve time to enjoy yourself. Delegate tasks when you can to lighten your load, and then block off a few days on your calendar that are just for you. Take that time to relax and rejuvenate. You can meet a friend for coffee or enjoy a low-key afternoon with your family at home. No matter how you choose to relax, just make sure that it’s truly enjoyable to you. Convincing yourself that wrapping presents is a way to unwind doesn’t count.