Don’t get stressed, get organised ... our top tips for a calm Christmas
As we get closer to Christmas it’s easy to become overwhelmed. There is so much to do and so little time to do it, especially with Christmas shopping, gift wrapping, menu planning, and Christmas functions on top of the usual day-to-day responsibilities of work and family. To help save you time, money, and stress we’ve put together our top five tips to ensure you can make it through the silly season without too much angst.
Order your Christmas food
Christmas is all about food (ok maybe not entirely about food, but it’s a huge part of the day) Our number one tip for getting organised for Christmas is to order your Christmas food because it will save you time and money, and ensure that you have everything you need to make your day merry and bright!
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Do a gift stocktake
If you’re the kind of (smart and organised) person who buys gifts throughout the year, make sure you do a stocktake of the gifts you’ve purchased a couple of weeks before the big day. Write a list of everyone that you are buying a gift for, and check off those that you have already purchased. This is a good way to ensure you don’t over-buy and to make sure that no one gets left off your list.
Have a pre-Christmas cleanout
Prepare your home for the holiday season by spring cleaning in summer. Clean out the fridge, organise the cupboards, and if you have children get them to go through their old toys and games. At this time of year, charities are often in need of good quality used toys, games, and household items. It’s the season of giving after all and what better way to start than by donating toys and games to families in need? And apart from helping others at Christmas, there’s another great benefit of the pre-Christmas cleanout and that’s having a tidy house. We don’t know about you, but for us having a clean and organised home is an instant stress reliever, especially when unexpected guests pop-in during the festive season. There’s nothing quite as mortifying as hearing a knock on the front door when your house is a shambles!
Bake in advance
Many festive season baked goods can be made and frozen or stored before Christmas. Knowing that you have a supply of Christmas goodies ready to go will help reduce the stress in the busy days before Christmas. It’s also a good idea to bake extras as you can use these items as gifts or for when those unexpected visitors arrive.
Check out your loyalty cards and programs
If you’ve been using loyalty cards throughout the year, now is the perfect time to redeem those points for savings on your Christmas shopping. Log into your Happiness Club account and check your points today.