It’s two weeks out from Christmas Day. The kids still need presents for their teachers and Kris Kringle gifts for classmates. There’s break up parties, end of year school concerts and of course, letters to Santa.
This is all before your work Christmas party, your partners and trying to squeeze in festive feasts with friends.
Did I mention the Christmas Day preparations, decorations and presents?
No wonder we mums feel frazzled and un-festive at Christmas time.
You know what though, busy mum? There’s no need to hit the panic button. It doesn’t have to be like that this year. I promise.
The key to enjoying the silly season is to start early. Here are six tips to help you feel more festive and enjoy an organised Christmas.
1. Start Stocking Up
Throughout October and November I start buying goodies I need for Christmas each week in my shopping. Things like meat, bottles of drink and sauces (I can’t go near chocolate as I’d eat it all before Christmas). This helps me feel more organised at Christmas and spreads the cost over two months.
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2. De-clutter + Make Money
I recently did a stock take at home because the kids wanted a trampoline. To make room, the cubby house (and furniture inside) had to go. The festive season is the perfect time to sell, as other parents are looking for big-ticket items at a bargain price. Are there any pre-loved items you could buy or sell this Christmas?
3. Embrace Socks + Jocks
My Little People are getting older and have been given one big item the past couple of years. I also add everyday essentials like socks, underwear, pyjamas, bathers and books. When I’m out late night shopping at Kmart (aka the perfect excuse to get out of putting the kids to bed) I’ll also grab these goodies to put away for presents.
4. Gift An Experience
My kids have received Adventure Park Passes for the past three years from both sets of grandparents. They love the experience and that it lasts for months. Other ideas: zoo passes, museum and movie tickets, craft sessions or dance lessons.
5. Reward Your Loyalty
Last year I used my Flybuys points to buy a glass teapot. I used my points and paid the difference. Online shopping saved me time and money. Accruing loyalty points? Reward yourself!
6. Fill that freezer
I’ve started preparing meals and restocking our freezer in advance ready for those chaotic December nights (you know the ones – arriving home from breakups, parties and concerts).