Countdown to an Organized Christmas: Items Needed for Next Year


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{If you’ve missed the previous posts in this series you can find them here.}

By the end of the Christmas season there are usually dead light sets that have to be thrown away, moth eaten garland to retire and maybe even an artificial tree at the end of it’s useful life.

The best time to buy Christmas decorations is, of course, the day after Christmas.  But sometimes that isn’t possible.  Due to time, money or space constraints — or even a sold out store — it’s sometimes impossible to buy items for next Christmas at the end of the year.

A few years ago I noticed how frustrated I would get when I got all of my Christmas decorations out and started decorating the tree but had to stop when I realized I didn’t have enough lights to finish.  Then I would remember that some of them burned out the previous year and I didn’t get replacements.

But that’s not the time you want to drop everything and run to the store!  It’s a lot more peaceful if you already know what you need and buy it before you start decorating.

Now I write it down on a list labeled “Items Needed for Next Year”.  This encompasses Thanksgiving and Christmas and I can tell at a glance exactly what I need to buy to replenish my stock.

Early last month I went to Hobby Lobby (that store is my weakness — I’m kind of glad the closest one is about 2 hours away from me!).  I took my list that I wrote from last year because I knew they would already have Christmas decorations out and I might be able to buy some of my needs then.  I was right — before I left I was able to check off three of the five items on my list — at 40% off!

The other two items are on my next week’s shopping list.  I might as well go ahead and get it out of the way.  We all know how difficult it is to try and find lights and other widely used decorations after about Thanksgiving.  They can get as scarce as hens teeth!

Which leads me to the homework:

Today’s Assignment:  If you already know of anything you need to buy to decorate for the holidays go ahead and write them down.  This will be a great tool for the end of the season and you’ll probably find it more useful then.

Today’s Printable:  CCJ items needed for next year.


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