5 Things To Do Right Now To Get Ready For Christmas

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It may be too early to do any actual decorating for Christmas, but now is the time to get ready for the holidays!  Avoid supply delays and shortages and stress-filled holidays by starting to prepare today.

Merry Christmas pillow beside wood bowl filled with silver bells.

I know, I know, I know that it’s too early for the majority of us to start our Christmas decorating (we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving yet!), but now is the time to be thinking ahead!

This is especially true this year because of the plethora of supply delays and shortages that are so prevalent right now. I’ll be honest with you and tell you that I saw it coming and actually put my Christmas decorating plans for each room together in July and began ordering any new holiday decor items that I wanted in early August. And yes – I have run into delays and out of stock problems on some of my items.

Maybe you won’t be into decorating for a few more weeks, but if you’ll do a few things now, you’ll have a merry Christmas instead of a harried and stressful Christmas!

Christmas Checklist

By the way, I have a handy Christmas decorating timeline available that will guide you through decorating your home (from planning to fully decorated) in 3 weeks. My Christmas checklist planner will allow you to create a festive home by breaking the process down into weekly manageable steps. I’m happy to make it available to my newsletter subscribers for free! Get it by clicking HERE.

Pinterest graphic for Christmas decorating timeline.

MAKE A MASTER PLAN FOR EACH ROOM

I’m doing something new this year that I’ve never done before and I’m excited by how much time it has already saved me!

I simply created a Word document for each room in my home that I will be decorating and listed all of the different areas that I want to incorporate holiday decor within the room, including the theme or colors that I want to go with.

Once I completed my plan for a room, I was able to make of list of any items that I needed to purchase to bring my vision to life. I even printed a few inspiration pics to help remind me of what I had in mind when I was putting my plan together.

Picture of word document with Christmas decorating plans surround by burgundy and gold decorations.

I know for a fact what a timesaver it has been because I’ve already decorated one room for Christmas as I have a magazine shoot coming up in a few weeks, so I start my holiday decorating even earlier than I normally do. My “planner” isn’t anything fancy at all, but is something that each one of you could easily do!

By using this idea, I was able to go into my Christmas storage, pull out exactly what I needed and decorate the entire room in about half the time that it normally takes me!

TAKE STOCK OF YOUR DECORATIONS

Now that you have a plan, take stock of the holiday decorations that you already own. Christmas decorations are kind of like rabbits – they multiply and it’s easy to forget about things that you already have.

Now’s a great time to purge and organize too, which will save you time later when you’re ready to actually put those decorations up.  And while you’re at it, go ahead and check for any broken ornaments or Christmas lights that need replacing.

This post will give you some great ideas for organizing and sorting your Christmas decor – even some of the more awkward things like holiday wreaths, ribbon, throw pillows and garlands.

HOW TO TURN YOUR ATTIC INTO AN ORGANIZED HAVEN

Plastic storage bins on shelves in attic.

Ribbon rolls stored on pants hanger in the attic.

MAKE A LIST AND CHECK IT TWICE

No matter when you actually start to make your Christmas gift purchases, you’ll be doing yourself a huge favor if you make a list of everyone you need to buy for and how much you want to spend on each person.

My daughter keeps a running list on her phone anytime she thinks of the perfect gift for someone or if one of her daughters happens to mention something that they’d love for Santa to bring. How many times have we all thought of the perfect gift and then have forgotten about it later?

UPDATED CLASSIC TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS FAMILY ROOM TOUR

Christmas presents in red wrapping paper with red and white ribbon beside Christmas tree.

COZY & FESTIVE CHRISTMAS FAMILY ROOM

Wicker basket filled with wrapped gifts.

WRAP GIFTS AS YOU PURCHASE THEM

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been caught at the very last minute trying to get all of your Christmas gifts wrapped at once.  Or how about waiting until you have so many gifts to wrap, that it takes you hours and becomes a chore.  Where’s the joy in that?

I’m totally guilty of both of these “offenses”, but I finally realized there was a much better and more pleasurable way to enjoy my gift giving.  These days, I do my best to determine which wrapping papers and pretty ribbons I’m going to use that year and wrap my holiday gifts as I go.

If you’ll use gift wrap that coordinates with your tree and the rest of the decor, the gifts will actually become part of the decorations which creates a cohesive look!

RUSTIC GLAM CHRISTMAS TREE & MANTEL

Christmas tree and fireplace decorated with neutral colors.

PRETTY, EASY AND AFFORDABLE CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAPPING

Pretty, Easy And Affordable Christmas Gift Wrapping || Worthing Court

INVOLVE YOUR FAMILY

I admit it – it’s super easy for me to get caught up in making ALL the Christmas plans and doing ALL of the decorating myself and then directing everyone what to do and when.  When that happens, I usually wind up being too practical and missing out on some of the fun Christmas “magic”.

Involving the rest of my family, including the small children, in the plan making makes Christmas more enjoyable for everyone – myself included!

This picture is from several years ago, but it’s still one of my favorites. Gotta love the fake smile on my youngest granddaughter – lol!

MY DAUGHTER, SON IN LAW AND THE GRANDS

A picture of a Mom and Dad with their two children in front of a Christmas tree.

What tips do you have for avoiding stress-filled holidays?

 

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50 Comments

  1. Anne Marie says:

    Thanks for all the great tips!

  2. Denise Davis says:

    Great idea to start getting ready for Christmas.

  3. I especially like your final tip to involve your family. I love that you included a family photo – they’re lovely!

  4. I like the idea of wrapping the gifts as I purchase them. I dislike having to do a lot of gifts at once. I would rather take my time and be creative. Thanks for the printable.

  5. Melinda Pilkinton says:

    All good ideas… not waiting until the last minute!!

  6. Looking forward to watching the videos of how to decorate the tree like a pro! Thank you!

  7. Great tips! I. Actually already decorating in my head and doing exactly what you mention…taking st k of decorations I already have. Love your photos , pretty!

  8. Just wanted to THANK YOU for keeping the ads on your site low. There are blogs out there that have so many you can’t read their content. I for one appreciate your great balance. Also, great advice on this post.

  9. Heather linz says:

    Thank you. I have been hitting home goods already to get decorations but I forget what I have

  10. Margaret Corse says:

    Can you tell me where you got the cushion cover with Noel and picture of a bird?

  11. marychris says:

    love the ideas thanks they are great.

  12. Julie Briones says:

    Wonderful ideas! Pinning!

  13. Love the ideas! I would also like to know where you found the cute Noel with bird pillow cover. Thanks

      1. Laura Kelly says:

        Thanks Suzy. It must no longer be available as the link did not bring up the pillow : (

        1. That’s odd, Laura. It worked fine for me just now. I clicked on the link and it took me straight to the pillow. Or, if you’re copying and pasting the link you may want to try it again – just make sure that you don’t pick up any extra spaces or the colon or period.

  14. Thank you for your good, practical tips! I can so relate to being a procrastinator because I’ve always been really bad about waiting till the last minute to get everything done for Christmas! This year, I’ve actually bought a few gifts already. This is a major first step for me in trying to change and do better so that I can enjoy Christmas more and lessen some of the stress.

  15. Great tips. Here’s to a less stress holiday season!

  16. Good tips! What a beautiful family you have!!

  17. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your website! Thanks for so generously sharing your decorating tips with us! I LOVE everything!!

  18. Thank you for the little nudge I needed, to start planning! That 2015 Christmas tree is gorgeous, I’d have to just sit and stare all day …. amazing!

  19. Suzy, I just LOVE your tree from your Christmas 2015 blog! Where did you get your feathers on your tree? And can you tell me the approximate size of them? I have been looking all over for them…I live in PA. I seen them on Amazon but they are only 5-10″ long. Any info would be appreciated.
    Thanks

    1. Hi Debbie. I picked my feathers up at a couple of different local home decor shops. I only recently figured out that they’re pheasant feathers. 😀 I’d say they range 12″- 20+” in length. I found some on Amazon for $18 that are 20″-22″ long. Here’s the link: http://fave.co/2eTaugP . Hope this helps!

  20. One year I wrapped the gifts as I bought them, but then I forgot what some of them actually were. It was kind of a surprise for me, too, on Christmas!

  21. Brenda Radliff says:

    Thank you for all these amazing ideas. I am going to try wrapping as I buy this year. Such a great idea. I need to get more organized. lol

  22. like the idea – buy and wrap

  23. Beautiful family. Thanks for the tips. I wrap as I buy…saves time for the good stuff….baking.
    Happy holidays!

  24. Norma Rolader says:

    Thank you for sharing the tips I needed these : The decor is beautiful! I want to say what a beautiful family you have I know you feel blessed

  25. Wonderful! Wonderful tips and I so enjoy seeing all the pictures – everything is just beautiful – and your family it lovely too. Need to tuck these tips in my plans. Thanks,

  26. Thank you for the wonderful tips. I am guilty of liking to be in charge of all the plans. I have two wonderful daughter-in-laws & still think I need to be the person doing everything. I am sharing the plans this year. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

  27. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things says:

    Great tips!

  28. Great tips! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by!

  29. I love all your decor but WOW your 2015 tree is exquisite

  30. Vickie Ramsey says:

    Love your blog

  31. Your Christmas Trees are Incredible! You house looks so Festive! You out do yourself!

  32. Susan Malizia says:

    All good advice! I also treat myself to a pre-holidays massage…gets me through all of the busy days ahead. =)

  33. Julie Briones says:

    Coming around for the second time! I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I ‘found’ you! 😉 So thankful that I ‘know’ you!

    Oh, btw, you shouldn’t have bothered getting me a gift! 😉

  34. Barb Bootsma says:

    I like to wrap our gifts as I buy them also. I do have a notebook that I write what I bought for each person and how much I paid. It’s easy to forget what you bought and if you need to find something to fill in that last $ amount, you will remember what you have spent.

  35. mattsgramma says:

    Lovely photo of your family..thank you for sharing it. Your home looks so festive, beautifully done.

  36. I also like to wrap as I go and then attach a sticky note noting the contents. I also keep a list of each person and what I have purchased. It is a huge help and keeps my gift giving fair.

  37. As always, great tips!! Thanks

  38. Great tips! And what a beautiful family you have!

  39. Angela Hendricks says:

    Good tips. I always procrastinate on wrapping gifts so I’m really going to try and wrap them as I get them this year. Would make my life less stressful.

  40. Great ideas! I, too, usually do it all — decor, shopping, wrapping — and then I find myself snippy if someone comes in at the last minute with ideas to change what I had in mind, things get out of place, or otherwise don’t go as planned. That’s what I want to work on this year! Also, we’re going to try doing “Christmas Light” this year with gifts and concentrate on the season and making memories. 4 gifts: something you need, something fun, something to make a memory, and something you don’t ask for (!). Stockings will get a little extra thought this year (it’s always a fun challenge to find inexpensive but great items!).

  41. Edith (Penny) Weldon says:

    For the last two years I have used the Christmas List App for keeping on budget, listing presents people tell me they really need but then forget ( I am a good listener) & then I buy them😉

  42. Nancy Carroll says:

    Boy oh Boy, unfortunately I’m going to be cramming all my decorating into the first two weeks of December since I’ll be traveling 3-1/2 weeks between now and Thanksgiving. Ugh! More than ever before, I need to at least get my thoughts organized!

  43. Darla Moreno says:

    Thank you so much for sharing so many decorating tips. Can you tell me how to find the silver ornaments you have in a bowl?