Begin shopping as early as possible
Whenever you are in a store, whether it is a grocery or drug store, be aware of the gift selections, you never know when you will find the perfect gift!
Check flyers weekly for sale items and ideas
Wrap your gifts as you purchase them, it will not seem like a huge chore if you wrap as you buy
Whenever possible, use Christmas gift bags for wrapping, it is quicker, easier and better for the environment.
Have one or two wrapped, unisex gift s ready for the unexpected. Any unused gifts will come in handy for a last minute birthday or hostess gift. (Don’t forget to change the bag!)
Plan to address & sign cards the first week of December
Save the return address labels when you receive cards, use these to address your cards
Signing cards could be a family activity, especially if a young one has just learned to write-they will be eager to help!
Make it a fun activity! Put on Christmas music. Decorate your home the same day you put up the tree.
Keep all Christmas items in a labeled box.
Box the tree decorations and Christmas wrap separately from the home decorative pieces.
Keep a spare extension cord with your tree decorations, you will save time looking for a spare one when you are setting up your tree.
If you can schedule the time, bake!
If you do not, buy some bakery items, there are quite a variety available during the Christmas season, you can serve them for invited guests, surprise guests or last minute party invitations.
Lurlene Anderson, Professional Organizer and owner of Organize Your World is a clutter expert , published writer and public speaker. For more information, visit the Organize Your World Profile on AjaxPickering.ca.