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Christmas in July – How to Get Organised Now to Save Time Later

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Christmas in July - How to Get Organised Now to Save Time Later

I know that some of you will already be sick of the “C” word – Christmas in July has become a major thing, right? I swear it gets earlier every year – we’ll have Christmas in March next! But bear with me. I want to talk about how to get organised now, to save time later.

That’s the real benefit of starting Christmas so early. The more organised you are, the less stressful December is. You know, when everyone else is rushing around, braving the shops (or praying that their online orders will be delivered on time), I plan on watching Christmas films with my kids and drinking hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows..

So how do we do it?

Lists

If you take nothing else from this blog post, take this – LISTS! Say it with me – LISTS! This is the mistake I made last year and that’s how I know that lists are key to an organised Christmas. I started buying Christmas gifts in July last year, but didn’t write anything down. So I didn’t know when to stop! I just kept buying – convinced that I hadn’t bought much, until I got it all out of the loft to wrap it. We ended up saving half of it for the twins’ birthday, so it wasn’t a complete disaster, but Mr Becca nearly had a heart attack when he saw how much we’d bought. So, this year – Lists.

Start with a list of who you need to buy for and your budget for each person. Stick to that budget. As you buy the gifts, cross them off the list and make a note of what you’ve bought, in case you forget later.

Speaking of budgets, for more advice on this, check out these posts:

 

Miss Manypennie’s How to have a debt free Christmas

Skinny Spending’s How I’m planning for Christmas in April

My Debt Diary’s 5 Tips for a Debt Free Christmas

Attachment Mummy’s Christmas Spending Tips: How to Get to January Without Going Broke

Early Retirement Rocks’ 5 Tips for Preparation on a Budget

Wrap

Avoid the Christmas Eve mad rush to wrap all the gifts as soon as the kids go to bed. Wrap as you go. Every time you buy a gift, wrap it, label it so you know who it’s for and put it away. When Christmas comes, all you have to do is get your lovely organised pile of wrapped gifts out of whatever hiding place you chose to put them in and stick them under the tree. This is where your lists get really important. Make sure you’ve written down what you’ve bought and who it’s for before you wrap it. This will save you from madly unwrapping everything when you realise you can’t remember what toys you’ve bought or whether you need another trip to Argos!

Declutter

If your house is anything like mine, you already have way more toys than any kid can actually play with. Christmas is the perfect time to declutter, right? Getting rid of the old toys that aren’t played with anymore, ready to be replaced with shiny new ones. Except, who has the time for that in December? It’s impossible to organise toys without the little darlings trying to help and, I don’t know about you, but I can’t be doing with the stress that comes along with that kind of “help” right before Christmas. So, start now. Then you’ve got 5 months before the big day and you can get rid of toys slowly, so the little angels are less likely to notice and try to “help”. This also gives you time to advertise and sell the toys that still have some life in them – then you can use the money to help pay for the new ones.

Write

Write your cards now. Store them in a box, in order of when they need to be posted – starting with the ones that need to be sent by airmail, then the UK post, and then the ones you’ll hand deliver. Write the last post dates on the box and make sure you don’t miss them. Be sure to keep some blank cards, too, just in case you receive a card from someone you’ve forgotten about! And if you’re making your own cards, definitely make a start on them now! Rushing them in December really takes the fun out of it.

Bake

OK. Not in July. But if you want a really awesome Christmas cake, you’re best off starting 2-3 months before Christmas, to give the cake plenty of time to mature and for you to feed it plenty of alcohol (if that’s how you like it). So make a list (see why Lists was the first tip in this post?) of everything you need to make the perfect Christmas cake and make a note on your calendar so you don’t forget to bake!

So, good luck! It’ll be Christmas before you know it! And then we can start getting ready for next year’s!

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30 Comments

  1. I will never be fed up hearing about Christmas! I love it so much and these tips will definitely come in handy!

    1. beccablogs

      A girl after my own heart! ? I love Christmas, although it does seem to start earlier every year! x

  2. Moo

    I have one daughter born 22 days before Christmas, and the other born 20 days after. Christmas prep in my house starts on Jan 1st!! Too early isn’t a thing ?

    1. beccablogs

      You’re the most organised mama I know!

  3. Some great tips there – I definately need to declutter early on as that is something I never think of until about 3 days before Christmas! Will be trying some of the other tips too x

    1. beccablogs

      I’m glad you found it useful ?

  4. Some great ideas here. You have inspired me to get started with my own list so that I can start to get organized!
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

    1. beccablogs

      Thank you! I’m glad you found it useful! x

  5. I love this, I’m going to start making a list and wrapping things early! Especially as it’s Jasmines birthday a week before!

    1. beccablogs

      It really does save so much time in December, if the wrapping is already done!

  6. Fab tips here! I am like a big kid when it comes to Christmas, I love it! I like to be organised and generally start early to prepare. 🙂

    1. beccablogs

      I love Christmas too! This way, I get to make it last longer ?

  7. I love the idea of planning for Christmas this early in the year! I enjoy buying presents throughout the year to spread the cost 🙂

    1. beccablogs

      Yes, that’s another benefit! Christmas is so expensive if you try to do it all last minute x

  8. I love all these tips. I buy in advance but like you forget what I’ve bought. So I might start a spreadsheet to keep track. And wrapping as you go sounds brilliant!

    1. beccablogs

      It really does save sooo much time!

  9. I’m a fan of lists too! I start my shopping early and write my list about now so I can start to populate it! Great tips!

    1. beccablogs

      Thank you! Lists are the answer to everything!

  10. I love christmas! I have a christmas countdown app on my facebook 🙂 budgets and lists are my thing!

    1. beccablogs

      I have an app too! Mr Becca doesn’t like heading about it until December ?

  11. Ruth

    I genuinely love this! Now where’s my pad and paper…… ?

    1. beccablogs

      Go wild! Use it as an excuse to buy a new notebook ?

  12. I feel it already, after all, it is the second half of the year, ha-ha. I really find that making lists go a long way in decluttering my mind, thanks for the great tips

    1. beccablogs

      I feel the same way about lists – they really help me make sense of what’s in my head

  13. I always leave all the wrapping until the last minute! Completely agree on the Christmas cake I always try to start our early and then top it up with alcohol!

    1. beccablogs

      I used to leave wrapping until the last minute too, but I’ve been trying to get more organised since having the twins! x

  14. This post literally could have come straight from my mouth. I start my Christmas shopping in the January sales, write cards in October, wrap as I go and have lists for EVERYTHING!! Some seriously great tips

    1. beccablogs

      I’m glad you like it! x

  15. Jo

    Love these tips. We went out for a pub lunch today (11th August), and the pub we went to was advertising Christmas meals! No kidding. My ghost was flabbered. Having said that, I hate cooking for 8 on Christmas Day, so better get it booked!

    1. It really does get earlier every year! I sent a message to our local community centre today, asking them to let me know when the Santa’s Grotto tickets go on sale, because I booked at the beginning of September last year and very nearly missed out! It’s mad!

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