Home Organisation- Make a short prioritised list of things that need doing around the house and garden to get ready for Winter. Try to fit them in during the weekend or weekdays, as come December the likelihood of any bigger household jobs getting done is unlikely. So make a list and prioritise what’s important to do before Christmas, and don’t overload yourself with too many. For me having clean sofa cushions, having a shampoo carpet clean of the main traffic areas and a ready for winter garden is my household top 3!
November is such a good month to get ahead of home organisation, so you can enjoy other more fun things in December. So whilst I’m doing my bedroom cleaning, I will be having a speedy cull of unwanted clothes, toys, books, games and toiletries to make way for new gifts.
Book Appointments Now – (hair and beauty appointments) as you don’t want to lose out on much needed haircuts or waxing etc for Christmas.
Look ahead at dates in the diary for everyone in the house and as soon as you get a new date, add it straight to the calendar as school commitments and kids activities are always crazy towards the end of term. Having it all written down in as many places as possible saves you missing anything. Don’t forget to add in any little extras such as raffle prizes, school baking or such like for any school fairs. Also don’t forget to add dates to the calendar such as last first Class posting day is 20th December 2018 and Stir up Sunday 25th November 2018.
Make A Present List – One for presents already bought and one to buy. We start as early as we can and we store the kids in suitcases complete with luggage padlock to hide them away. The good thing about using suitcases is, you have all your children’s gifts in one place and so you can wrap and put back as and when you have time. Try and get wrapping in November in the evenings to save yourself that epic Christmas Eve wrapping duty (Yes, I have been there!)
Organise for your traditions – Whether it be Stir up Sunday, Elf on the shelf, secret Santa or advent traditions. Whatever your tradition might be, get organised for it before December. I plan what we will do/ need for Elf on the Shelf, buy our chocolates to fill our advent calendar pockets and order in ingredients early for Christmas baking to avoid disappointment in stock running low in December.
Stock up on the basic essentials – Batteries for new toys, new fairy lights, winter essentials for the car and home such as de-icer. Boring I know but simple things that save time later.
The prettier things- I maybe should add fairy lights into this section, as they’re pretty not basic! This section to me is get organised with craft and decor bits that you’ve seen and don’t want to forget or leave to late. My kids love to start the crafting at the end of November/Start of December, so a trip to a poundshop and hobbycraft for some festive arts and craft is a must in November. Also make sure you check what Festive clothing will still fit everyone and either hand it down to the next sibling or pass it on to friends or charity. For me I always make sure they have their Christmas jumpers, socks and tights at the ready to wear from the beginning of December.
Check your cupboards – It’s so common to forget what wrapping paper, gift bags and leftover Christmas bits you have stored away from the previous year. Make sure you do this before you hit the shops for more unnecessary packaging.
Store a present list on your smartphone notes, so when you’re out and about you can refer to what you need or already have. Leave yourself reminders in the house of what you need to do each week, to keep yourself on top of admin.
I hope this list leaves you feeling like you can be more organised this season and hopefully making December for Santa’s little helpers that bit more enjoyable.