Christmas can really sneak up on you, for me it seems to come faster every year. It’s my favorite holiday, some say I’m a bit obsessed, so I like it to be as stress-free as possible. One way to do this is by planning early.
I like to set myself up for success right after Christmas by making lists of who sent me Christmas cards, organizing my decor, making notes of what I wanted to do differently the next year, and things like that. I also like to start really planning around July. Seems very early but it really helps to avoid feeling stressed and rushed.
When you plan early you can tackle bite-sized pieces instead of having a really long to-do list closer to the day. It also means your budget takes less of a hit at one time and you have more time to shop for sales.
I have even seen some Christmas decor starting to pop up in some shops. I know that can seem crazy but it does make it nice for planning ahead. I know I look forward to Hallmark’s Christmas preview every year. We already bought a couple of ornaments.
Things to do Now for a Stress-Free Christmas
- Set up a holiday planner. You can either add to your current planner or have a planner just for the holidays. I do a bit of both. The bulk of it will be in a holiday planner but I will have somethings in my Happy Planner as well.
- Read Having a Stress-Free Christmas. You will find lots of great tips for reducing holiday stress and having a memorable Christmas in this eBook.
- Start decluttering. Now is also a great time to declutter. We also end up with a lot of new stuff around the holidays so start making some space. If you need some help check out the Trash It or Treasure It program. It’s a 25-week program with a ton of great inspiration and tips.
- Start your Christmas gift list and budget. Having a list ready and knowing your budget can help you watch for sales so you can get the most out of your money.
- Start saving money. If you haven’t already started putting money aside. For now, you can keep it pretty simple and just skip a coffee or buying something else to clutter up your home and save instead.
- Start planning your DIY projects. Figure out what supplies you need and start collecting them and even start making things that can be made ahead. This will save you so much time and stress when the holidays are closer!
- Remember what’s important to you and your family. A meaningful holiday is what’s really important. Sit down with your family and talk about what you liked the year before and what you didn’t. Start planning ways you will make the holidays memorable and more meaningful.
- Sign up for my Holiday Inspiration mailing list. Starting now you will get little reminders and tips to help you on your way to having a stress-free holiday season. As we get closer to the holidays the number of tips will increase. It’s a great way to help yourself stay on track. I also have been working on a project that is holiday related and if you are on this list you will be the first to know when it’s available.
You will find a ton of great Christmas information on my Everything Christmas Pinterest board. Everything from the decor to crafts to recipes is on that board. It’s great for a little inspiration.
Do you prepare ahead for Christmas? If so when do you get started and what do you do? Share in the comments below!