Dec 17, 2014

Tips For Staying Organised At Christmas

Tips for Staying Organised At Christmas

Today's post is a guest post provided by London writer, Victoria SharpI asked Victoria if she could share a post with us about her top tips for staying organised at Christmas, here is what she had to say:

With young children Christmas can be incredibly exciting, but it can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. Navigating long queues and crowded stores while carrying loads of bags can be a nightmare, but seeing your kiddy's eyes light up on Christmas morning makes it all worthwhile.

To avoid the crazy Christmas rush this year, here are some tips for enjoying a relaxing holiday season.

On your Marks, Get Set, Shop!

Shopping for gifts can be hectic. To avoid extra expense, make a list, plan a budget and research online to find the best prices. But the real secret for a stress-free Christmas is shopping early. So please, don't leave it until December 24th!

Post Gifts Early

If you have friends or family living across the globe, this is incredibly important. Whether you send gifts, or receive them, they will need to be posted by the last Christmas post dates. Avoid the hassle of queues and use a specialist courier service that collects from your door.

Wrap as you Go

The last thing you want is to spend Christmas Eve wrapping presents. Evenings after children have gone to bed are your time to unwind, but it's also the perfect time to wrap. To make it more relaxing, have a glass of wine and eat some festive treats.

Organise Christmas Cards

Sending Christmas cards can be a chore. To make sure you don't forget colleagues, relatives, or the people from your yoga class,
make a list. Note down when cards have been posted and keep a tab on how many you've still got to send.

Freezable Baking Goods

There are loads of baked goods that can be made in advance. Preparing treats ahead allows you to spend more time with your family and less time fretting in the kitchen. Simply bake, allow to cool, place in labelled bags and pop in the freezer. Search online to find dozens of freezable recipes.

Food Glorious Food

The secret to a stress-free Christmas dinner? Delegation! Don't work up a sweat and spend all day in the kitchen, ask family members to bring a dish. It'll save on the washing up and allow you to enjoy the day.

The key to a stress-free holiday season is preparation. Ensuring you buy, send, and bake early, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the festivities with your family. After all, isn't that what Christmas is all about?

Thanks for your great tips Victoria.  I definitely agree, especially with not leaving your Christmas shopping until the last minute - that would have to be my number one tip for staying on top of things at Christmas.  I usually start shopping in November, so that I can beat the crowds and have more time for other obligations closer to Christmas.

Do you have any tips for reducing stress and staying organised at Christmas?  Please share them below..