September 15th, 2014 at 10:31 am
By Kim Ross
Can you believe there are only 100 days until Christmas? You are probably booing me right now….but with little kids, the more preparation time you have the better! Plus, the more you have done once Thanksgiving approaches, the more you can actually enjoy yourself during the month of December.
Here are some ways to get organized and prepared ahead of time:
Start your Christmas shopping list now. List each person that you need to buy for. If you have any ideas, great, list those too! Make sure to assign a dollar amount to them also.
Determine your Christmas budget. Add up the dollar amounts from your list above, but be sure to add a little extra. There are always gifts that come up last minute that you forget about. Think about decorations, food, and all the other things that go into celebrating the holiday season.
Plan out items you need to make. Do you need to plan out your Christmas cards? If you have the picture you are using then you can get your card made and printed. They can be signed and ready to send out at a certain time. Are you making any gifts? Can these be started early? Make a list of things you may need to make these items.
Clean out your kids’ toys. The presents your children receive can take up a lot of extra space that you might not have, so take the time now to start weeding out the old ones. Donate toys that they’ve outgrown or are are no longer interested in, and throw away broken toys or toys with missing pieces that cant be replaced to make some room for the new ones. While you are doing this, take into account what things your children already have so you don’t buy something similar.
Start writing lists. Write a list of clothing needs, grocery lists, cookie choices and recipes, cleaning expectations, and more! Make your own holiday notebook to keep all these lists organized.
Christmas goes a lot smoother when things are organized, so get a head start today!