The sun has set on summer and the leaves are turning that lovely Autumnal brown. September is in full flow and soon the busiest time of the year is upon us; holiday season. The holiday season means Christmas, which means lots of fun but lots of rush too. If you want to stay organised this year, I have two tips that can go a very long way.
Black Friday is one of the best things you can use to get yourself organised this holiday season. For those of you that don’t know, Black Friday is a day where most retailers slice their prices. You will see massive discounts on things and can get awesome bargains. My tip would be to use this to your advantage. Get your kids to write down some early Christmas lists so you can try and get some of their presents in the sales. This year Black Friday falls on November 27th, so it’s not too far away from Christmas. I’m sure your kids will already be working on their Christmas lists anyway! You can also use voucher codes for various online stores to get more money off your purchases. This means you can buy everyone’s presents for nearly half the price. Plus, you’ll have all your gifts bought a month before Christmas, how organised is that?!
Also, Black Friday is a great time for you to buy Christmas decorations and cards too. You’ll be able to pick them up very cheap and it can save you money. I’d definitely make sure you use Black Friday to buy Christmas cards, 100%. If you’re like me, then you have a long Christmas card list, which means you’ll need a lot of cards. Get them cheaply on Black Friday and you’ll also have plenty of time to write and send them before Christmas.
I like to stay on top of things and make sure everything is planned. I’m not a huge fan of surprises, especially if they require extra work. So, I don’t like to be told that family is coming to stay, a week before the holidays. This gives me zero time to prepare my house and get things sorted/arranged. I like to plan everything in advance so there are no surprises for me. This means contacting relatives and seeing what they plan on doing this Christmas. If my parents want to come and stay, I make sure I know all the details way in advance. In fact, I’m probably going to give them a call, after writing this, to see what they plan on doing!
Plan in Advance
Being a single mum means that the holiday season is a bit frantic for me. So, I usually don’t mind the extra company and help around the house. But, I have to know if people are staying so I can
get things in order. It’s the same thing if I’m going away too. I don’t like spontaneous holidays; I have to be organised! If me and my little one go away at Christmas, I make sure everything was planned months in advance. It’s so much easier to be organised if you’re planning things ahead of time.