An Organized Christmas Begins NOW

Did you know there are websites to help you plan and organize your Christmas holidays?

Guess when the organized begin getting ready for Christmas? September 1st is when they recommend you begin getting organized.

I don't know about you, but I'm not usually in the mood to start Christmas stuff in September. Here in Texas, it's still extremely hot in September. Then again, maybe thinking about cooler temperatures in December will help.

I decided to put together my list of things I think you can begin doing now that will help your Christmas holidays be less stressful and won't put such a strain on you financially either.

KCC's Tips for an Organized Christmas

•· Find (or create) a calendar showing the days between now and Christmas. Begin recording all events such as office parties, club parties, kids' Christmas plays, Church plays, etc. Mark when the kids get out of school.

•· Start now creating your Christmas card list. Break it up into manageable groups and address cards a few at a time. Begin stocking up on postage stamps.

•· Have children and close family begin making "wish lists" so that you can have a better idea of what they want for Christmas. Magazines and Sunday newspaper ads are great for cutting out pictures of what you want.

•· Create a gift-buying list and carry it with you shopping. Begin buying Christmas gifts a few at a time.

•· Decide now how much you plan to spend.

•· Begin doing the deep cleaning around your house in preparation for decorating. No one likes to clean just before decorating.

•· Create a list of chores around the house that need to be completed before the holiday season such as cleaning out gutters before you hang the lights.

•· Take inventory of party supplies if you plan to do some entertaining around the holidays. Begin stocking up.

•· If you buy from mail order catalogs begin placing orders to ensure timely delivery and good stock supplies.

•· Many people decorate around a theme each year. Decide the theme for this year and take inventory of the decorations, etc. needed for this theme. Begin making additional purchases as needed.

•· If you'll be preparing any meals for guests, begin locating recipes (tried and true, or look for new) and begin creating a shopping list of items to purchase. Begin purchasing non-perishables a little at a time such as canned pie fillings, canned vegetables, Eagle-brand milk, etc.

•· Take inventory of your wrapping paper and gift tags. Begin purchasing additional supplies such as tape, pens, tissue, gift bags, etc.

•· Begin purchasing small stocking stuffers.

•· If you'll be guests lodging at your house for the holidays, begin now to stock up on toiletries such as toilet paper, shampoos, nice towels, etc. Begin cleaning out spare bedrooms and tidying clutter you'd be embarrassed for them to notice.

•· If you're traveling out of town, begin locating suitcases and making a list of items to take. Car rentals, plane tickets, etc. should all be done as early as possible.

•· If you're taking your own vehicle, begin having your vehicle serviced such as having your tires rotated, the oil and air filters changed, check the belts, wipers and fluids.

•· Go through your wardrobe and make charitable donations of any unwanted items and make room for new clothes. Take inventory of seasonal clothing.

Use Your Resources

The easiest way to make your Christmas more organized is to rely our your resources. Check out the great links and resources here and Google "Christmas planning" yourself and utilize all the free lists and tools available to you. Keep a notebook of your notes, lists, recipes, etc. It can be used year after year and with each year you'll become more and more organized.

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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

It just seems too early for me: I'm still looking forward to Halloween with my sister. We're definitely gonna do the haunted house tour this year.

But I'll keep the list in mind and refer to it later on. Thank you, KCC!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I understand what you're saying Paradise. I'm not ready to do the Christmas stuff yet either, but I have very little do since I don't travel for the holidays, nor do I entertain guests. I'm looking forward to Halloween too. Then we can't leave out Thanksgiving!


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Too early for me but a great time to start for those with large families and or little money.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I agree Ethel! Money is going to be the biggest issue for most people. There aren't many paydays until Christmas.


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wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

Great hub KCC Big Country, I try not to think about christmas too early, however it makes sence to be prepaired. Thank's for the tips and advice.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I understand Wrenfrost, but the nice thing about that is my hub will still be here when you ARE ready to begin preparing. :) I'm not going to start yet either, but if I had more to do I certainly would.


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maggs224 7 years ago from Sunny Spain

Wow after reading all that I am tired just thinking about it lol I am fortunate I am going to America for Christmas with my family to stay with my daughter who is married to an American. We will be there for both Christmas and the New Year and she is already planning things for us to do. Living in Spain Christmas is not the same as it was in Engand, in some ways it is better but you miss all the familiar things like the carols etc and the cheesy christmas songs in the shops from October on. My daughter tells me that I can overdose to my hearts content on all the stuff I miss especially going Christmas shopping with my lovely daughter. Roll on Christmas.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

My cousin called me yesterday asking about how to download Skype because her husband's niece has just accepted a teaching position in Spain and I thought of you. I am anxious to go to England for Christmas one of these years. I hope you have fun on your trip, Maggs.


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maggs224 7 years ago from Sunny Spain

We watched Night in the museum 2 tonight and it was set in the Smithsoniam in Washington so we got all excited at all the things we can go and see in Washington. Skype is really cool we set it up at Christmas so I could see my daughter Sally and the boys opening their christmas presents Sally's husband Mike sorted it all out for us and they could see us here in Spain and the bonus was that the call was free. I am sure you would love Christmas in the UK there can be a real special atmosphere there especially if you are sharing it with relatives.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Skype was a lifesaver for me while my hubby was still living in the UK...it saved me thousands of dollars. We use it now to talk to his parents and sister there.

I haven't seen "Night at the Museum" (either of them), but I've wanted to. See the actual museums would be awesome.

Someday, I'll get to England for Christmas. :)

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