Countdown To Christmas – Top Tips For A Stress Free Festive Season

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Most of my clients start thinking about Christmas as soon as they’ve restored calm after the summer holidays. If preparing for Christmas fills you with dread, follow my 12-week Christmas planner to feel Blissfully Organised.



If you spread out all the things that need to be organised between now and the festive season it will feel less overwhelming. Also completing the decluttering and organisation tasks will benefit you all year round.

Christmas Countdown Checklist


Week 1: Check Lists and Budgets

Agree where you will spend Christmas, and where family and friends are going. This can sometimes be complicated so it’s a good idea to start the discussion early
Set your budget for gifts, food, travel and entertainment Write a gift list – who, budget and gift ideas

Week 2: Entertainment & 2019 Diary

Book to see Santa and tickets to Christmas shows Check when the nativity plays are at school and book time off work
If you are hosting think about any activities that you would like to do with your guests i.e. day out in London, local walks, carol service etc
Book babysitters early for pre-Christmas events and New Year’s Eve
Purchase your 2019 diary and transfer key dates before the busy Christmas period

Week 3: Travel and Catering

If you are spending Christmas or New Year away from home book your travel arrangements and accommodation
Book a Christmas food delivery slot and start menu planning for the festive period. Place an order for your meat, fish and wine

Week 4: Pre- Christmas Decluttering and Home Organisation

If you are having guests to stay over the festive season its useful to start thinking about where they will sleep and what they need
Audit your linens and towels. Purge worn or unwanted items and determine if you need to replace any items
Declutter your freezer and kitchen storage cupboards. You will need additional space for food and accessories over Christmas
Loft/storage spaces – you will also need to create space to store gifts and additional larder items in the run up to Christmas
Review the children’s toys and clothes. Purge any broken or unwanted items to make space for Christmas gifts


Week 5: The Gift List, Pampering and Style

Ask the children for a Christmas wish list and make your own list
Order any difficult to buy gifts and look out for seasonal promotions on high value items e.g. Black Friday
Experiences or vouchers always make lovely gifts
Book your hair and beauty appointments to avoid disappointment
Plan your outfits for the festive season to ensure you have what you need

Week 6: Decorations and Christmas Cards

Review your Christmas decorations. Do the lights work? Do you have everything that you need? Will you go for a real or artificial tree?
Update your Christmas card list and ensure you have all contact details. Write cards in small batches. Hand deliver any cards locally and check the last postal dates for international deliveries
Consider sending a Christmas e-card (with a festive family photo) and donating to your favourite charity instead of sending out cards.

Week 7: Gift Wrapping

Wrap and label all gifts as you go. For close family members use a different wrapping paper to make it easy to identify
Keep a list of everything that you have bought for each person with a note where you have stored each item

Week 8: Key Supplies & Generic Gifts

• Stock up on key supplies – lightbulbs, batteries, medicines, toiletries, kitchen essentials
• Generic gifts: Keep a small number of gifts for the unexpected


Week 9: Tree, Post, Decorations & Christmas Items

• Put up your tree and decorations
• Post your cards and parcels early to avoid queues later
• Think about how you will display cards and store gifts that you receive pre-Christmas (under the tree or hidden away)
• Take out of storage any Christmas crockery and linens and store in an accessible place

Week 10: Christmas Events and Final Declutter

By now you will already be in the middle of Christmas festivities and will start to feel the benefits of early planning
Now is the time to do a final clear out of the freezer and kitchen to create space for the seasonal items that you need to store
Final confirmation of guest arrival dates/times and check on sleeping arrangements

Week 11: Non-Perishables & Beauty Appointments

Buy final non-perishables
Enjoy your pre-Christmas pampering

Week 12: Perishables and Guests

Collect/take delivery perishable / fresh foods. Be prepared for any last-minute rushes to the supermarket
Prepare rooms for guests
Don’t forget to delegate tasks to all members of the family – remember it’s your Christmas too

Relax and enjoy the festive season!

If you need help decluttering and organising your home for Christmas, please contact Tracy Ross at