Christmas in July is officially over. But there are still a few things I do to get ready for Christmas in August, too. Remember that every little thing that you can get done early and every little bit of planning that you can do now will help the holiday season be a little more relaxed and enjoyable.
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Getting Ready for Christmas in August
ONE: DEEP CLEAN BEDROOMS
I like to deep clean one room a month. This month we’re getting the bedrooms ready for the extra guests we’ll have during the holidays. Everything in the bedroom should be moved, cleaned under, dusted, washed, etc. Be tough and donate things you don’t use or need. It’ll be easier to clean in the future, too.
Just in case you want a list to follow, I’m working on a deep cleaning checklist to share next week. Check back or sign up for my DIY home email list.
TWO: CLEAN OUT CLOSETS
If you have a lot of closets you may want to split these up and do one a month, too. August is a good time to sort through clothes before the kids go back to school and/or you start buying fall clothes.
Again, be tough and donate anything you haven’t worn in 6 months, that doesn’t fit, or that you just don’t like. Think about creating a capsule wardrobe.
THREE: MAKE CHRISTMAS CARDS AND/OR THANK YOU NOTES
It’s always good to get a headstart on Christmas cards but if you’re making them you need to move the date up even earlier.
Craft stores already have their Christmas craft supplies out so buy or order some and get together with friends for a Christmas in August crafting party.
FOUR: MAKE CHRISTMAS GIFTS
If you’re following our monthly schedule, you made your gift lists last month. So get started now making those gifts! It always takes longer than you think.
FIVE: PRINT CALENDAR AND MARK DATES
If you’re like me and use iCal or Google Calendar, print out some free calendar templates and start adding important dates as soon as they come up. Even if you use electronic calendars, it helps to visually see the big picture.
If you want to enjoy the holiday season more and do a little to prepare for Christmas throughout the year check out these other articles… or click “next page” to go to the next article in the series.
- 5 Things I do in July to Prepare for Christmas
- 5 Things to do to Prepare for Christmas in August (you are here)
- 5 Things to do for Christmas in September (coming soon)
- 5 Things I do in October to Prepare for Christmas
- 5 Things to do in November to Get Ready for Christmas
Thanks for reading!
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