I know it’s only *just* November but there are so many things I need to start and work on this month for Christmas that I thought I’d share a little to do list with you all, and so I can hold myself accountable for things I need to get done this month so here is the list in no particular order
Write a Christmas gifts list and decide what I’m giving people
I am on a tight budget this month and need to really think about how much I can afford to spend and what to give people. I like to give meaningful gifts that suit the recipient and am choosing to make some gifts instead of buying things that are mass produced.
Research and buy items to make gifts
I’m considering making scented candles and possibly baking some treats to give to people this year as gifts with a posibility of creating small hampers for family to enjoy so really want to research the best recipes and best items to purchase to make gifts along with knowing the steps involved in creating the gifts.
Deep clean the house
I really like to dust and clean everywhere before I think about getting the decorations out and putting them up, it gives me a chance to put some things away and make space for the festive bits and bobs to go up too!
Decide on Christmas decorations and what I need to make/buy
I don’t have a lot of Christmas decorations, in the places I have lived before the decorations I had access to were not all mine. This year is a chance for me to really think about the kind of decorations I want and how I want my home to look. I’m leaning towards a pastel/colourful/kitsch sort of theme with some upcycled elements to fit in with it.
Plan for my Crafternoon (I’m holding a fundraiser for Mind on the 1st December) including drinks, activities and food.
I’ve been in my home since the end of June and have yet to have a housewarming or many friends over. I usually don’t have many friends over due to my stress, anxiety and aspergers, but I’m really looking forward to planning and hosting this event! My friend Jez will be helping me to sort it all out so that helps a ton!
Remember to put the recycling out!!!
I seem to always forget that wednesday is the day they come to empty the bins and collect our recycling until I hear them going down the street or seeing my neighbours empty recycling boxes on the street. I really must start to write it down on my calendar and put a reminder in my phone!
Clean and tidy up for my house inspection (eek!)
I have my first house inspection on the 24th of this month. The housing association I rent through are coming to give the house a once over. I have no idea what to expect but want to have the place clean and tidy (not that it isn’t) and super presentable for their visit.
I really need to start planning my meals properly again, when I was in work (before being signed off due to my anxiety and stress) I planned the majority of my meals, especially my breakfasts and lunches and was really good at eating at set times but since I have been off from work I have not really thought much about what I’m going toeat or when. It has been really hard as the medication I have been taking has been making me feel sick and put me off food completely. I have been surviving mostly on junk and toast and that needs to change. I really need to step away from the snacks and start cooking properly again.
Take photos for upcoming blog posts
I have several posts lined up that I want to get completed and scheduled for publishing so really need to work on tking the photos to accompany the posts. I am going to try and get most of the photos done at the beginning of this month so all I need to worry about is writing the posts!
Continue working on Mums Christmas present (I’ll share it in the New Year after she has recieved it!)
I’d really love to share what I’m creating for Mum at the moment but I really don’t want her to find out what I’m up to and for it to spoil her surprise until the actual day. All I can say is that I’m nearly half way through at this moment in time and really need to crack on if I’m going to get it completed in time!
Make Christmas cards for family
I’m still undecided on wheter to make Christmaas cards or not this year. I really like making cards and haven’t done so in a long time so it feels like it could be a good idea. The main thing that is making me unsure is how much time I’ll have between all the other things I want to do for Christmas…only time will tell I suppose!
I have other things on my to do list, the normal mundane things like my cleaning routine, normal shopping, doctors appointments and bills to pay but they happen every week/month/year and are things that most poeple have on their lists too…the items I have shared are much more interesting (well, I think so!)