For the next few weeks leading up to Christmas, I’ll be posting about my Christmas organization which will include ideas, tips, printable lists and more. You can read more about the series in detail here. I want to thoroughly enjoy my favorite time of year and that means eliminating as much of the planning, hosting, & celebrating stress as possible.
*It’s Day 6 of the series…actually, it’s nearly Day 7, but I’ve had problems with posting today. Therefore, I’m combining Day 6 and Day 7. Then we will break until after the holiday and so I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
Since it’s the perfect time to declutter spaces for Thanksgiving guests and festivities, I’ve more cleaning & decluttering for you today and tomorrow. 🙂
Here are your tasks for Day 6 & Day 7:
- Task 1: Clean out the refrigerator and freezer: Although you’re probably stuffing your fridge with items for your Thanksgiving feast, it’s time to set your timer for 20 minutes and have a go at your fridge & freezer. If possible, empty your fridge of its contents, toss expired and past-their-prime items, wipe down shelves, and reorganize as you fill it back up again. Do the same for your freezer. I won’t get into how to organize your fridge and best use this space–you can find a myriad of suggestions for that online. I simply categorize my fridge just as I do my cupboards. Condiments in one area, dairy in another, etc. Things I use most often are close to the front, etc. Now you have room for all those delicious leftovers come Thursday.
If you have an extra freezer or fridge in your garage or basement, and if you have an extra 20 minutes, go ahead and have a go at those as well. Also, if you have “freezer meals” stashed away, you might think ahead and place those closer to the front of your freezer so you can easily grab them for use in December. You’ll be glad you have that freezer meal when you get home, cold and exhausted after a family outing or a busy day at work.
- Task 2: Update Christmas card list addresses: You likely did this as you composed your list, but maybe there were a few addresses you couldn’t find, didn’t have nearby, etc. Gather up those little scraps of paper in your office with address changes on them (ahem, that’s a note to me 🙂 ) and update the addresses in your address book. Since you created the Christmas Card List a few days ago on Day 4 and possibly added a few new recipients, you might not have those addresses yet. Time to send an email/text, or make a phone call to get those addresses.
- Task 3: Begin (or continue) shopping for/creating gifts: I know that some of you are saying, “Ha! I’m already done!” And to you I say, “HURRAY!” Really, I do. What a great feeling it is to be done with your Christmas shopping before December (or Thanksgiving!) arrives. But for those of us who aren’t there yet, now is the time to either begin or really get the ball rolling. Whether or not you take part in the American Black Friday tradition, it’s a good time to grab great deals on items you might have on your list. So take out the Gift List Planner you filled out on Day 3 and review it for anything you might be able to buy this week.
A note: I am not encouraging you to hit the stores at 4 a.m. on Black Friday (but if you do, have fun!). There are other ways to grab real deals (not sneaky deals designed simply to lure you into the store). I do a lot of my shopping online and I ALWAYS check coupon sites for free shipping codes because I generally refuse to pay shipping. Many places already have their Black Friday deals up online and their advertising out. Some sales have already started. For example, I checked out a popular store’s Facebook page last week and found a “20% off entire purchase” coupon which I was able to use on sale items–the awesome part? Most of the store’s clothing was already 40-60% off! Woo! No need to fight major crowds if you plan and shop smart.
You thoughtfully created your gift list, right? You’ve simplified your list? You’re giving from your heart not from obligation? Then I’d bet you probably don’t need to rise before the sun on Black Friday and fight crowds because you’re also gifting homemade items, purchasing fewer items than usual, etc. Good for you! You can work on some of those homemade items or schedule them in your calendar. You can also take advantage of sales to purchase those items left on your list. Whatever your “gifts” are, take time to work on them, schedule them, organize them.
And when you start to get crabby during a crowded shopping excursion or when you make a mistake while creating something that is to be a gift, take a moment to pause and remember who you’re doing this for, why you’re shopping/creating for them, and what it means to you to give to them. Giving should gladden you, not cause anxiety and stress. Take a breather and start again.
Best of luck, friends, and do share how things are going with you. I’m plugging away beside you and am encouraged by your progress and sharing! And thanks to those of you who send me messages and stop by the Facebook page to chat about the series! I love it! ♥
*Printable Worksheet for Day4: Christmas Card List
*Printable Worksheet for Day 3: Gift List Planner
*Printable Worksheet for Day 2, Task 1: Christmas Priorities: Master To-Do List (Printable)
*Printable Worksheet for Day 2, Task 2: Christmas Calendar
*Printable Worksheet for Day 1: All I Want for Christmas: Your Christmas Heart Worksheet (Printable)
Other posts in the A Cozycakes Christmas: My Organized Christmas Series:
- A Cozycakes Christmas: My Organized Christmas Series (Intro)
- A Cozycakes Christmas: My Organized Christmas: Day 1
- A Cozycakes Christmas: My Organized Christmas: Day 2
- A Cozycakes Christmas: My Organized Christmas: Day 3
- A Cozycakes Christmas: My Organized Christmas: Day 4
- A Cozycakes Christmas: My Organized Christmas: Day 5