The holidays are almost upon us. It’s time for the turkey and all the trimmings, the presents and getting the house ready for the relatives. It’s a hectic time of year, especially for Americans who have Thanksgiving and Christmas within a month of each other. The good news is you can get organized this holiday season with these tips.
Plan In Advance And Be Prepared
The best thing that you can do is plan. Plan as much as you can in advance and be prepared. You need to make your shopping list and start on the housework as early as possible.
By preparing for it all, you will know that it is all under control and stops the last minute panic. Leaving it to the last minute always means that you forget something.
What Do You Already Have
You don’t need to buy everything new. Wrapping paper is probably sitting in your cupboard from last year. Go through everything in your home and make a list of all the things you already have.
Even if it’s just one item, it’s one less thing to worry about. You’ll also end up saving money bu going through these motions.
Try Your Clothes On
Don’t assume last year’s Thanksgiving dress fits. Depending on your lifestyle, you may be disappointed or even happy that it is now too big for you.
Try your clothes on beforehand and inspect for any damage that occurred last year without you realizing. You can then go out and buy new items if you need to.
Make A Full List Of Gift Ideas
You don’t need to get all of them but make a list of all the ideas you have for a person. You then have a large choice when it comes to shopping, instead of browsing and hoping that you find something.
Once you do get something, cross if off your list. Don’t throw that list away once you are done. Put it somewhere that’s easy to find for next year. You’ll find it less stressful.
Check The Internet For Delivery Times
If you’re buying anything online or through catalogues, make sure you check the delivery times. Most companies have a date that you need to order by to guarantee delivery by Thanksgiving and Christmas.
If you’re past that date, you need to go into the stores to buy your items. Don’t leave this sort of shopping to the last minute.
Don’t Forget About The Other Smaller Gifts
It could be the secret Santa gift at work or you may need a gift for your child’s teacher. It’s really easy to forget about these during the run up to the holiday season.
You don’t want to run around at the last minute looking for something. Set a budget and search for something early.
Clean As You Go
Try to avoid leaving the cleaning to the last minute. Pick up the laundry as you go through rooms each night.
Pick up the books off the floor and put your children’s toys away. It’s a few less tasks to do closer to the time.