My 12 Days of Christmas!
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, Louise England gave to me…
12 Carpets cleaned
11 Errands executed
10 Tidy wardrobes
9 Offices organised
8 Birthday parties
7 House moves
6 Decorators deployed
5 Charity shop collections
4 Cleared cupboards
3 Hours of help
2 In-trays filed
And a clutter clearing session for me!
Just a reminder that gift vouchers are available and they make an ideal Christmas present. From just £25 you can give the present of a professional organiser/de-clutterer for the day. To purchase please send me an email or give me a call, and I will send the gift certificate by post.
So how are your preparations coming along? I know some of you are doing well as you’ve got in touch and I’ve been able to take away some of your stress. But for those of you who are in a bit of a head spin – most importantly don’t panic! Take a deep breath, and as I mentioned in my article last month, it’s all in the planning, so find a piece of paper and a pen.
Make a masterplan with the headings of What, Who (delegate, delegate, delegate) and When so you can fill in the ingredients of your Christmas and feel calmer. So much can be done in advance e.g. buy non-perishables early, dig out your decorations, clean out your fridge, freezer and food cupboards to make room for what’s to come. Cross off any chores on the list that aren’t strictly necessary.
There’s no need to make Christmas a chore – people start complaining about it months in advance – if you start off with a negative attitude, you can guarantee it won’t be a happy event. Just remember, the secret to a perfect Christmas is to forget about trying to make it perfect in the first place – get it into perspective, make it as special as you can, but set boundaries. It’s not about how much you spend or how much you do – it really is about being with those you care about, and enjoying that time together.