28 Tips to a Stress Free Christmas 2014 - Tip #2

Tip #2
This is something I personally start in the middle of the year.
I find it easier to start my shopping as early as possible.
But it is A Ok if you are just getting started
Take some time and write out your list.
If its on your iPhone, iPad or a sheet of paper,
write out what you would like to give
those who will receive a gift.

Make a list of things you would like to get done.
What you will need for your meals,
and of course what needs to be mailed.
If you have it written down you will
have a starting point.

Give yourself a few task each day and
then when those are completed
put your lists to the side for the day.

Bonus Tip

Gift buying. When making your list, make a second
for the day after Christmas.
Most gifts for younger children and grandparents
stay the same throughout the next year or so.
The day after Christmas take your second
list with you and start on your next years shopping.
Snagging a deal is always fun when you
have a plan.

Remember to have a bin or closet
to store any Xmas gifts for the next year.
(Pre-wrapping and tagging can be even more helpful,
just keep a list of what you bought handy)

* Remember, day after Xmas is a great day to do
birthday shopping as well!
What I Do

I got these from flylady.com
and have made a file for each holiday of the year.
I have them inside of a plain black folder that
I can grab if I ever am in need of planning help.

I took pictures of empty ones and a few of old ones.
The ones I have filled out for this year
are still secret so my family cannot sneak a look.
My menu is in this book as well and will be in a future tip.

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