This the season to start planning for Christmas! Now that the Holiday season is almost upon us, you can’t ever be too early to get a head start on Christmas preparation. The sooner you start planning, the more you can enjoy the holiday season without stressing about things at the last minute. In this handy guide, we’ll give you five ways to prepare for the holiday season. You’ll have enough time to prep for Christmas and make merry!
1. Write down a budget (and stick to it!)
The holiday season is notorious for overspending. Since most stores raise prices during the last month of the year, it is important to set a Budget and start shopping on time. Sit down with your family and create a detailed budget for every aspect of the holiday season – food, decoration, gifts, family outings and trips, and even stamps to send out Christmas cards. A good way to start is to look at how much was spent the previous year and tweak it.
As important as it is to make a budget, it is even more crucial to stick to it. Make a realistic budget and start shopping on time so that you don’t go overboard.
2. Plan events in your calendar
Things can get quite busy in the holidays, especially when it comes to scheduling parties and events with family and friends. To stay on top of all the events happening during the Christmas season, schedule meetings beforehand so that you don’t miss any. Don’t forget to take some time to yourself so that you can have some self-care when things get hectic.
This applies to events that you want to plan too. If you want to host a party, send out invites ahead of time so that people can RSVP and add them to their calendars. Meanwhile, treat yourself to an advent calendar so that you wake up to a surprise gift every day leading up to the holidays!
3. Deep clean your home
The Christmas season always means more guests at home. While hosting is fun and fulfilling, preparing your home right before guests arrive can feel quite stressful. We recommend getting a headstart on house prep by deep cleaning your room a few weeks before guests arrive.
Scrub the floors, dust and vacuum the rooms, and change any bedding you need to beforehand. In fact, sing along to a Christmas playlist and list some Christmas candles while you clean your home to add some festive cheer. Your house will feel and smell like Christmas in no time!
4. Decorate ahead of time
It’s not Christmas if you don’t have the decorations up. Make decorating a family ritual by getting everyone involved. Set aside time for decorating your calendar and gradually decorate your home little by little every day so that it doesn’t get too overwhelming in the holidays.
While you’re at it, declutter your decorations as and when you decorate. See something you don’t like? Throw it away instead of leaving it in the attic. Go shopping for new decorations right after the holiday season, because this is when shopkeepers are eager to get rid of outdated merchandise. You can save a lot of money by shopping right after Christmas, and you’ll have a new box of decorations to open the next year without stepping into a store!
5. List down gifts and buy them on time
A simple tip to avoid the Christmas shopping rush is to make a list and buy each gift on time. First, make a list of family, friends, and co-workers you would like to buy a gift for. consult your budget to figure out what gift to buy each of them. Then, order them online or go to a nearby mall much before the holiday rush has set in. You can even buy postcards and wrapping paper ahead of time so that your gift-packing sessions are stress-free.
If you’re on a tight budget, opt for homemade gifts to save some money. Jams, cookies, and scarves are easy. Pair them with a few Christmas candles and you’re certain to add some cheer!
The holiday season is a wonderful time to come together with your loved ones. The more prepared you are, the more you’ll get to make the best use of your time this Christmas. With these tips, you’ll be a planning whiz!