This year has kind of been a bit of a blur and it’s hard to believe that yesterday was 6 weeks til Christmas! If you’ve put off planning for Christmas this year and think that an organised Christmas has escaped you for another year, it’s not too late to still get organised and feel like you’re in control come December 24.
I’ve put together a ‘lazy girl’s guide’ to organised Christmas preparations to give you the main tasks on your hit list to make sure that you’re organised in time with the minimum amount of effort.
5 weeks til Christmas (mid November)
Write a list – make a list of the people you need to buy for, a budget and some ideas of what you think you could buy for them. If you’re the kind of person who sends Christmas cards (I wish I was, but I’m just not!) also write out your list of people to send cards to and make sure you have their addresses written out too.
Make your travel plans – if you’re lucky enough to be heading away for the holidays now is the time to confirm (or make!) your bookings and firm up your plans.
Lock in your Christmas parties – if you’ve got a work Christmas party, or a catch up you do with the girls every year, make sure you put it in your calendar to avoid double booking and make sure you go to the parties you really want to go to. If you don’t have any plans yet but are hoping to get together with some friends then take the initiative and try to lock people in now before everyone else’s calendars fill up too.
4 weeks til Christmas (late November)
Start your Christmas shopping – if you haven’t started yet try to get into it now before the shops get too busy (and make sure you go armed with your list). Make sure you do any online shopping now to give it enough time to be delivered.
Gather your supplies – make sure you’re stocked up with wrapping paper, cards, envelopes, stamps (if you’re sending cards) and the all-important sticky tape. You could try one of these gift wrapping ideas if you want to get a little creative.
Plan your outfits – if you’ve got a themed Christmas party, or are just lacking some suitable party outfits, start thinking about what you want to wear. To do it in a more sustainable way make sure you start by checking out what you’ve actually got in your wardrobe to see what could work, then take the option of borrowing or swapping with friends, op-shop if you need a new item (you can check out my op-shop Christmas dress on Instagram!) and only purchase new clothes if you really, truly need them.
3 weeks til Christmas (first week of December)
Put up your decorations – the 1st of December is usually the date most people try to put up their decorations so aim to have your house decorated during the first week of December. Try to reuse as much as possible and go minimal but impactful with your decorations if you’re trying to have a more minimal and sustainable Christmas this year.
Check your shopping progress – check back in with your shopping list and see how you’re progressing. Schedule some shopping trips if needed to get it finished.
Make any DIY gifts – if you’re being handy (or thrifty) and are making gifts (like a handmade bath bomb or one of these 50 DIY projects) then start on those now to give yourself enough time to finish them before Christmas.
2 weeks til Christmas (mid December)
Finish online shopping – make sure you get in before the cutoffs for pre-Christmas delivery!
Send cards and parcels – if you need to send Christmas cards or some of your presents in the post, make sure you get in now to ensure they’ll be there by Christmas.
Plan your menu – if you’re hosting Christmas make sure you write down everything you’ll need to buy and what you need to make so you don’t end up at the shops on Christmas Eve (or realise you don’t have a key ingredient on Christmas morning!)
1 week til Christmas (from 18th December)
Check your presents list again – make sure you haven’t forgotten anyone!
Start your food and drink shopping – buy the non-perishables, drinks and any other food that will last between now and Christmas.
Do your gift wrapping – get in early so you’re not up late on Christmas Eve wrapping presents. Starting now will also give you enough time to pick up extra supplies if you need them.
Confirm your Christmas Day plans – if you’re hosting or going to someone else’s house, it’s good just to check in with everyone to make sure Christmas Day plans are all set.
2 days til Christmas
Buy the rest of your food – get in before the mad rush while making sure your food is still going to be really fresh.
Tidy the house and prepare for guests – if you’re hosting Christmas this is a good time to do a quick once-over of the house and make sure you’ve got linens, towels and sleeping arrangements sorted for any overnight guests who might be staying with you.
1 day til Christmas (Christmas Eve)
Do any last minute wrapping – open a bottle of wine (you can order some of my faves here) and finish off wrapping your presents.
Sit back and relax – enjoy knowing that all your preparations are done and you’ve pulled off an organised Christmas! Have a few drinks and enjoy your Christmas!!
What are your best tips for an organised Christmas? Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?