Beautifully Organised: 5 ways to make Christmas Easy and Stress Free

Friday, September 30, 2011

5 ways to make Christmas Easy and Stress Free

I adore the idea of Christmas.

The cosy nights, spending time with family and friends, sending cards, wrapping gifts.. unwrapping gifts ;)

But the time can go by really fast in the lead up to the Holiday Season. One minute it's the start of October and you're not even thinking past Halloween.. and suddenly it's 2 weeks before Christmas Day and you haven't even started preparing for it yet!

Well not this year.

Let's simplify your Christmas planning and get you organised, so you have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the holidays with your loved ones.

Here are 5 of my favourite ways to make Christmas easy and stress free:

1. Keep track of the date: Time really will fly if you let it, so it's a good idea to keep an eye on the Christmas countdown regularly. I love this Christmas Countdown timer app for my iPhone, it's so cute!

2. Have a great resource for gift ideas: I love this one from Stay at home Mum - 100 gifts under $10!

3. Use a Christmas Planner: This one has simple check lists for each of the things I like to focus on to prepare for the Christmas season. Everything I need is all in the one place, plus it's really pretty so I'm more likely to use it regularly ;)  If you'd like one too you can buy it here for just $10 USD until Dec 1

4. Have a simple budget: Don't make it too complicated, just grab a little notebook, write down how much you have to spend for the year, and keep track of what you're spending as you go. 

5. Take shortcuts: Honestly, life's too busy to get weighed down with the little things. If you don't have time to make a Christmas cake / cookies / stocking, buy it. If you don't want to spend Christmas Day washing up, use paper plates and recycle them. Use the time you save to enjoy the holiday season!

Try these ideas and start thinking about all the fun Christmas stuff you'll be doing with your loved ones this year! And fill me in on how your Christmas Planning goes :)



  1. Planning is the key isn't it! Not too long until I start my annual 10 week countdown.

  2. On Boxing Day, I take the time to write myself a letter recording what worked and what didn't, what we loved and what we wouldn't do again. I pop it in with my Xmas decorations and read next year when we are putting up the tree!