Last week we started this series with some decluttering and organizing (catch up here if you missed that post!). Today we’re moving on to the thing that probably takes most of your time and energy at Christmas – GIFTS.
Week Two: Gifts
TAKE INVENTORY: If you shop during the year or have already purchased some Christmas gifts, gather them together and take inventory. This might be an easy one since it builds on last week’s tip of creating a central location for all the gifts.
WRITE IT DOWN: I can’t do Christmas without my gift spreadsheet (download yours here), but if you’re not a spreadsheet person this can easily be done on a sheet of paper! Fill in all the gifts you’ve already purchased and make notes for the things you still need to buy.
This sheet is so helpful to show how much you have left to do with the whole gift buying/wrapping process. I keep these spreadsheets from year to year – they help me remember what I bought and how much I spent.
PLAN FOR OTHER GIFTS: There are probably lots of little gifts you want to prepare for friends, co-workers, hostesses and even your mail delivery people. Last year I made big batches of homemade granola and gave those to almost everyone on that list. It was really easy to keep the supplies on hand and pull one together when I needed it.
If you have gift exchanges or other parties that require certain kinds of gifts, write those down so you’re not scrambling at the last minute to put something together!
SET UP A GIFT WRAP STATION: I love having gift wrap supplies organized and ready for me because I usually wrap a few gifts here and there when I have time.
This can be a one-time set up for the day you’re going to wrap all your presents, or it can be a table or work surface that lives in a room all month long! Here’s what you need:
- Gift Wrapping Paper
- Gift Bags
- Tissue Paper
- Gift Tags
- Ribbon, Bows, Etc.
- Pen For Labeling Gifts
I hope that you’ll find even one of these tips to be helpful as you prepare for an organized Christmas! Next week I’ll wrap up this series with week three! 🙂