10 Get minutes organised to... For Christmas
Finish all your life admin now, relax with 10 bottles of mulled wine later…
Your In-between events that period between Christmas and new Year is notoriously boring and, by the time it hits, everything ticketed will have sold out. search for theatre shows, pantos and concerts now, then start a whatsapp group and lock in your mates. You’ll totes thank us come 27 December.
2 Do Declutter clearing up after the festive period is so much simpler if you’ve had a declutter beforehand. ‘tackle one category – say, clothes – at a time,’ says professional organiser Marie kondo. ‘and move swiftly, keeping the end goal in sight.’ decluttering helps you identify what you have and what you might need to refresh, meaning you’ll be able to fill up the christmas list your mum’s been begging you for with practical, useful things. like that pair of Zara boots, ahem.
3 wrap It up there couldn’t be a more simple idea than wrapping presents as you buy them – trust us, it’s the best tip we’ve had in a long time. If you don’t, the season will run away with you, and on Christmas eve you’ll be sat with a bottle of gin, three perfectly wrapped presents and everyone else’s just shoved in bags – effort now creates more chill time later.
4 Get the Fast train with flights more spendy than ever, the train is a good back-up plan, but don’t get stuck standing up. the trainline has revealed the busiest day for travel last year was saturday 16 december – by booking in advance now, you could save up to 49%. that’s probably a Mango bag or two.
5 think long-term soz to be a Debbie Downer, but let’s talk£££.betweennowand25december, there are two paydays (thank you, prechristmas pay packet), but it’s around 11 weeks till January’s pay (depending which day you read this, obvs). so, you need to tot up your estimated spend for gifts, travelling home, partying, outfits, plus that of your usual bills, and minus it from your pay packets. Be realistic with your spending now and you’re less likely to be eating soup and staying in for the first few months of 2018. Fun.
train-ing home for Xmas? Book it now, trust us
wrap up gifts as you buy them. simple