Get organised for Christmas with these 9 helpful steps.

30th November, 2020
Ticking off the never ending to-do list in preparation for Christmas Day can be stressful and overwhelming but with these simple organisation tips, you can take the stress out of the planning and enjoy everything the holidays are meant to be about, instead of running around like a headless chicken turkey. Whether you’re hosting a Christmas Day dinner for a house full of family or plotting gift ideas for your loved ones, these simple steps will help to simplify the process & minimise stress. It is your time to shine boo!
 
1. Make a 'to do' list
You can never have too many lists when it comes to planning Christmas and there’s nothing more satisfying than striking a pen through your notes and crossing off your to-dos. If you don’t tend to carry an organiser with you, make use of the notes App on your phone to write your to-do lists and any reminders you might need.
 
2. Plan ahead
Start your planning few weeks before the magical day to give yourself plenty of time to get everything organised. How are you contributing to Christmas this year, are you hosting at your house? How many guests will you be feeding? Communicate with everyone involved to ensure the whole family are in the know. A quick WhatsApp group is all you need to get your guests up to speed.
 
3. Decide on a budget
Decide how much you can afford to spend on Christmas this year including food and presents - and stick to it no matter what. Everyone is working with different incomes which is why it’s a great idea to come up with a budget to suit all your guests.
 
4. Save inspiration ideas
If you spot anything on Instagram or Pinterest, simply screen shot it and add to your very new ‘Christmas preparations’ folder/album so all your ideas are collated in one place. You can save everything from recipes, décor inspiration and gift ideas.
 
5. Make food in advance
Work out what you can freeze or make beforehand, too. Prepping all your gravy, pâté, sauces, chutneys, mincemeat for your homemade mince pies and mulled wine in advance is a real time-saver.
  
6. Don't be shy to share food responsibilities
For most people, organising the whole shebang from starters to pudding is too much to take on. Delegate dishes to everyone to make it an equal effort. Teamwork makes the dreamwork!
 

7. Make a use of these handy apps
In one of our previous posts we've rounded up the best Christmas apps to get you and your loved ones organised for Christmas, so we can kick back and enjoy the countdown to the holidays without that last-minute present-wrapping panic and Christmas dinner fiasco. From budgeting like a boss to smashing your Secret Santa...
 
8. Make a schedule for the day
Timing is everything – get that right and you can put your feet up in-between the cooking and spend time with your guests. Make a schedule for when each dish should go in and come out of the oven. It’s so easy to get distracted with present-opening and socialising and before you know it, you’ve burnt the goodies.
 
9. Put your calendar to use
December is an abnormally busy month for everyone. If you’re planning on squeezing in some time with your friends over the holidays, it’s best to get in there early and organise activities and social engagements ahead.