ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

An Organized Christmas Begins NOW

Updated on September 1, 2011

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.

Christmas Planning (Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons)
Christmas Planning (Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons)

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.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

      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. :)

    • maggs224 profile image

      maggs224 

      9 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.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

      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.

    • maggs224 profile image

      maggs224 

      9 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.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

      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.

    • wrenfrost56 profile image

      wrenfrost56 

      9 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.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

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

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      9 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.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

      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!

    • Paradise7 profile image

      Paradise7 

      9 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!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)