1 Simple Tip to Prepare for Next Christmas

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How is your relationship with Costco? Do you love it yet hate it at the same time? I have a hard time resisting all the great stuff every time I go. But there’s also always a TON of people. We’ve taken to shopping after dinner on weekdays because there’s hardly anyone there. However, there are days that I can’t stick it out until the evening and I have to go during peak time. Today I had to go pick up my Christmas cards.

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I didn’t think there was a point in sending out Christmas cards before our daughter was born. Nobody wants a picture of just us…except my mom and my grandma. But add a cute baby or toddler into the mix and there’s a reason to send one out.

For the past three years, I’ve made my Christmas cards through Costco. It’s cheap and super efficient. I mean, I designed my card last night and picked them up this afternoon. I call that efficient! And how can you beat the price? 50 cards for under $17 is my kind of jam, considering I still have to pay for postage.

Making the cards and paying for postage isn’t really the problem. The problem is getting the cards in the mail.

Raise your hand if you’re scrambling to find everyone’s address at this time of year. I have addresses in a traditional address book, stored in my iPhone contacts, or in my text messages. I’m a mess. If I don’t have an address that I should have, I feel bad for asking yet AGAIN. Every single year, I tell myself that I will write down so-and-so’s address for next year.

Do I do it?

Nope.

Not this year, my friend.

Since my goal for next year is more simplicity, I figure I should prepare myself for the busyness of Christmas in 2018.

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Here’s the easiest thing you can do to make Christmas 2018 a breeze: create a Christmas card master list.

It’s so simple and will save me so much time and energy next year. Why have I never done this before? (Because I’m lazy.)

Here’s why you also need a master Christmas card list:

  1. It will save you time and effort.
  2. You will know who received a Christmas card last year.
  3. You will know how many Christmas cards to order.
  4. You have everyone’s address in one place in case you ever need it.

I’m cutting down on paper clutter so I created my list using Excel. In fact, you can download it from the resource library if you’re a subscriber. If not, you can sign up here or down below.

I’m almost done addressing all my envelopes, and looking at my master list, I’m starting to think 50 cards isn’t enough. I want to publicly apologize to anyone who received a card last year that does not receive one this year. Sorry. I’ll text you on Christmas.

I hope the master list gets you off to a good start for 2018 and makes every future Christmas a breeze!

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Hey! I'm Jena Love, and I encourage busy women to simplify their possessions and organize their lives so they can focus on the important things in life.

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