Monday November 19, 2018
If you’re like me, you may have a “love-hate” relationship with the holidays. Sure, when the temperatures dip and the decorations come out, I get a special tingle because it is one of the happiest times of the year to be with friends and family. But when I start to think of all the things that I have to do for the holidays, my anxiety level has a tendency to start escalating. Here are a few tips to getting organized this holiday season:
- Make a list and check it twice—No, you’re not Santa. But creating a detailed list of everything you need to do is important. Break it down into categories like decorating, gifts, cards/messages, and cooking/entertaining.
- Create deadlines—Get out the calendar and begin marking off deadlines for everything so you can prioritize tasks. I usually set the deadline for decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving with takedown set for January 1st. Be sure to set your calendar so that you get the cards in the mail and the turkey in the oven.
- Donate or dump—If you have kids, then chances are they already have lots of toys. Get rid of anything that is broken and donate anything they have outgrown. That goes for clothing, too! This is a great time to get this out of the house (just in time for the end of the year deadlines on donations) to make way for the new stuff.
- Clean house—After you’ve gotten rid of the extra “stuff” cluttering your house, now’s the time to do a top to bottom cleaning of the house. Don’t have the energy for this on your own? Hire a cleaning service and you can relax while they get your home organized for the parties and entertaining to come.
- Get pictures—Sure you want photos of everything that happens at family gatherings. But in this case, I mean for you to take pictures of all the presents and decorations. The present pictures can help you remember exactly what you bought so you don’t have to wonder who’s supposed to get the mystery box in the back of the closet. Also, pictures of your decorations can help you remember next year how you had them laid out and set-up — that will make it easier to get ready in another year’s time.
Don't let the holidays stress you out. Make sure that you take care of many of these steps now and you will have it easier when the festivities begin.