Time For Stress-Free Holidays

Do you look forward to the holidays, or do you panic with the thought of all you have to do? Getting organized is the key to managing a fantastic, stress-free season. Thoughtful planning, deliberate delegation, focusing on simplicity, and slowing down to enjoy family and friends will help you survive — and actually enjoy — the upcoming weeks.

Make a list: Start a running list of “to do’s” that need to be completed before the holidays. If you break your large projects into smaller tasks, it will make things seem more manageable.

Delegate: Stop trying to do everything yourself. Assign each task from the list you created to a specific family member. Then, ask yourself, “Where is it important that I spend my time? How do I want to spend my time?” Delete or delegate everything else. For example, get someone else to clean the house or let the deli do the cooking. This doesn’t have to be expensive; instead of a fancy turkey dinner, plan an affordable sandwich buffet or make-your-own pizza party. Or, invite guests to each bring their favorite dishes for a potluck.

Say “no” sometimes: It’s okay to say “no.” Company parties, family get-togethers, all-day shopping excursions, cookie bakes — they’ll zap your energy fast! Is it time for a reality check on your priorities? Let your involvement in activities be aligned with your goals, not by the open slots of your schedule.

Schedule time for you: Book personal time first. If you fail to schedule the time initially, it won't be there later! Block off an afternoon, an hour, or even ten minutes to enjoy what energizes you and lifts your spirits this holiday season.

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Get Organized for the Holidays


Taking a few minutes ahead of time to plan things out will make your holidays go so much smoother.  We have a list of things to do to get you started.

1. Plan- Put together a plan of attack.  I love this list I saw on Pinterest that helps you make a few shortcuts. 


2. Declutter-areas of your home that guests will be in. Areas like the pantry, linen closet, guest bedroom, coat closet and guest bathroom.

3. Take an inventory-of the decorations and gift wrapping that you currently have.  From that you can make a list of the items you still need.  Always a good idea to have an assortment of different size bags on hand for those unexpected items. 



4. Decorate-your home and make it a fun time for the whole family.  As you are going through the decorations, make sure you set aside the things you know you will never use for the holidays again and don't plan on passing down to the children.

5. Make a list- by store of the different items you need to shop for.  Shop during the week or online to cut down on the crowds. 

Most importantly, remember what the holidays are all about and spend plenty of time with family and friends.