Friday 21st October 2016
What better way to get organised for Christmas
than by using Pinterest?
For those of you who know me, I’m a complete and utter planner who loves lists and a good old spreadsheet.
I have a Christmas Spreadsheet (don’t laugh) which lists all people I need to buy for. It then has what I’m buying them, from where, how much, when I’ve ordered it and when it’s been delivered.
There’s also a box to complete to say I’ve wrapped it.
Each year, the same template is used and the content is deleted. I also have a spreadsheet for my Christmas savings. I try to save £20 a month to contribute to Christmas – so come December there’s a handy £240. I copied this idea from a very good friend. (Although this year the saving hasn’t been quite as good with me being off on maternity. Ooops).
What does all this have to do
Well, my friends, I’ll tell you.
This year, I’ve created a few Pinterest Boards to do with Christmas.
The first one being Christmas Presents To Buy.
How does it work?
I go on the internet to browse for a particular present. I find it and I Pin this to my Christmas Presents To Buy Board. I make a note in the description area of who it’s for.
If the website doesn’t have the Pinterest sharing facility, I usually save the image and Pin it. I then copy the website link to my saved Pin (if there’s an easier way than this please let me know!)
That way, I’ve got the image of what I want to buy and the link to the website.
This is so that when it comes to ordering, all the presents are listed in one area. With the link at my fingertips.
No need for my spreadsheet (sob!) I’m sure I’ll still use it. Even if it’s for the satisfaction of ticking things off.
So while I’m in the ideas gathering stage, I can pool everything in one place.
It means I can spread the present buying out.
I usually do it all online anyway. I’m a bit of a Shopping Scrooge and can’t handle the Christmas Crowds. Much rather sit at home. I don’t think it’s appropriate to venture into shops in my PJ’s while drinking Baileys or Mulled Wine anyway.
And if you don’t want everyone seeing what you’re buying (in-case you’re followed by who you’re buying for) you can mark the board secret.
I’m going to apply the same principle while shopping for a Christmas Party Outfit.
And for any presents that I want. Although I may make this board public in-case anyone wants to buy me one ;-).
I used Pinterest a couple of years ago to source ideas to make my Christmas table decorations.
The lovely Samantha Rickelton over at North East Family Fun has set up a board called North East Parents for any days out/activities and family ideas. I’m going to keep my eye on this one for any Christmas themed posts coming up too! You can follow this here.
Love Missuswolf xxx