Time Management Tip: Get Your Holiday Shopping Done Now (or at Least Started)

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Image of calendar page "September 18th"Random time fact: there are less than 100 days until Christmas.

Will you be scrambling around for gifts in late December at the last-minute?

Perhaps this will be the year you’ll get a head start?

Today’s post offers you a few timely tips to help you get the jump on your holiday shopping:

Draft a shopping list.

Christmas is months away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most out of the holiday downtime between Labor Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Start by making a list of all the people you’ll want to buy gifts for, followed by a quick brainstorm session of potential gifts.

Was there an item someone mentioned earlier this year you could buy for them, or maybe you saw something at the store recently that would be a great gift?

Scope out a storage location.

Don’t wait until the last-minute to try to find the perfect place to store presents; you’ll have lots of other things on your mind once the holidays arrive!

Take a walk through your home…perhaps you have a spare bedroom, closet or other area that is safe, secure and dry?

Do a bit of tidying up if necessary and store everything holiday related in this area for easy access: presents, cards, wrapping paper, ribbons, packing supplies, tape, etc.

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Go shopping.

Set aside a couple of hours and/or days in your calendar to do your shopping over the next few weeks. For example, you could tackle store shopping on a couple of weekends, on weekdays you could do some online shopping and have items delivered to your home or place of business.

An added bonus of starting your shopping early is you may be able to save big time with upcoming sales, such as the popular Columbus Day sales here in the U.S. Be sure to check store websites, circulars and catalogs to take advantage of free or reduced shipping costs.

Now to you…will you take up this challenge and get started on your holiday shopping? Maybe you’ll instead use these tips to prepare for people’s birthdays throughout the year? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.