Everyone is looking to get organized and find ways to stay one step ahead of things during the year. It can be especially true of birthdays and holidays, as it prevents a last-minute rush to get presents or cards. Trying to think of ways to get yourself organized can be tricky, but there are some simple ideas that will save you a lot of time and hassle later in the year.

Buying Cards

If there is one sure-fire way that you can get organized it’s with cards. If you can get all of the cards for birthdays and holidays done early, then you won’t have to go out and buy the odd one or two as you need them. Go through all the birthdays you need to send cards to and write them out at the beginning of the year. You can then store them somewhere safe until you need them. Do the same thing for the holidays and keep them in a separate box,so they don’t get mixed up. While you are buying cards, you can also purchase some paper for the Christmas and birthday presents. Having these supplies handy is especially good for any birthdays that you have missed or new people you decide to send a card.

Holiday Presents

Although there are many things you won’t be able to buy people before the holidays, you can still get a few things in advance to make the run up a little easier. The best time to do this is early in the year when stores still have their post-holiday sales. If there are things that you know someone will like, then you can get them now and keep them safe until the holidays. The same applies to birthdays and anniversaries though it might be a good idea to let others in your family know what you have got someone, so they don’t buy the same thing.

Stay Organized by Doing These Simple Things in Advance

Decorations and Festive Accessories

If you are thinking of updating your holiday decorations, then why not get them early? It will mean you can spread the cost across the year and it’s one less thing to worry about when the time comes. You need to do this soon after the holidays when the stores still have the festive things on sale, though you could also get them online. Another item you can get early is advent calendars. They are the perfect thing to get in advance; you can get them from sites like Calendar Craze and store them ready for the holidays. You don’t have to stop at the holidays to get organized; you can also do it for other occasions such as birthday parties and Halloween. Put your decorations in separate boxes and label them so that you know what they are later.

By thinking of ways such as these to get yourself organized early, you can cut out a lot of the last-minute rushing that is normally associated with the holidays.