Planning, Storage

Things to do: Make an inventory of your Xmas Decorations

I promise myself that I will do this every year when I pack down the Christmas decorations, and so far I never have. So come late November when I am trying to work out what I need to buy/replace/make I have to pull everything out and sift through the boxes.

Make yourself a simple list (you can even do a paper one if you wish). Mine is broken down by category – e.g. decorations by colour, number, material (fabric, glass etc.), shape and size, placemats by colour, shape and number. Believe me it is useful when you are trying to work out if you have place settings for 15 people

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Christmas, Planning, Storage, Things to do in January

Things to do in January

January is about packing up Christmas

  • Carefully pack away decorations and the tree
  • Work out what cards you may want to keep and which will be recycled
  • Check all wrapping and boxes and keep what you can to use next time
  • Make a list of who sent you cards and presents to ensure that they are included on your list for next Christmas
  • Buy Christmas cards and paper – now on sale and usually at half price (Scottish heritage issue).
  • Discard any old, unwanted or broken decorations,ornaments, trees etc.
  • Serviceable unwanted decorations may be suitable for donations to charities.
  • Check all remaining left overs and throw out anything which has not been appropriately wrapped and stored or placed in the freezer.
  • Check that all items in the freezer are dated and labeled
Christmas, Planning

Things to do In December

Final countdown folks:

  • Get the Advent Calendar out and operational
  • Check that all of your decorations are in good order
  • Check your Christmas lights – if there are any frayed edges, exposed wires, or you just aren’t feeling comfortable about them, then throw them out and get new ones.
  • Spend some time decorating each area/room you\ intend to decorate
  • Get your Christmas stamps
  • Do a couple of cards everyday
  • Post your cards and parcels early
  • Make your Christmas wreath(s)
  • Buy presents and cards
  • Make your Christmas Sweets
  • Prepare your Christmas Cakes
  • Stock up on your Christmas food
  • Clear out any excess rubbish or unwanted things
  • Make sure that your bills are up to date
  • Check through all of your pantry items to ensure that nothing is out of date
  • Check through the fridge and freezer to through out old and out of date items