With the holiday season now in full swing, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with to-do lists and schedules. Between preparing large family gatherings, decorating the home, shopping and wrapping gifts, baking dozens of cookies, traveling to visit loved ones and attending holiday parties, it’s pretty obvious that this can be a stressful time of year for many people. However, you can combat the anxiety of the holidays by planning ahead as much as possible, being prepared, and keeping yourself and your home organized throughout the chaos of the season.
How to Stay Organized this Holiday Season
Instead of getting stressed out over the holidays this year, enjoy all the festivities and wonder of the season with these holiday home organization tips:
- Prioritize your wants and needs. As the holidays approach, start making lists of all the things you know you’ll have to tackle this time of year. Figure out what things you need to do opposed to all the things you want to do. For example, you can’t get away from buying gifts, wrapping, and going to your workplace’s holiday party, but perhaps you can skip your neighbor’s cousin’s party or can cut down the amount of cookies you bake.
- Plan your schedule. Create a calendar for the month to help you stay on task. Plus, seeing everything written down in front of you can help you decide what tasks or events can be put on the back burner. Don’t forget to give yourself some down time! If you aren’t taking care of yourself, you could end up stressed out or even sick. Plus, leaving a few holes in your schedule will allow time for those activities that seem to pop up out of nowhere.
- Check inventory before buying more. It’s tempting to purchase new holiday decorations and supplies every year, but remember, the more you buy, the more you’ll have to store somewhere. Look for inventive or different ways to use the decorations you already have to change things up a bit from year to year.
- Create stations for holiday tasks. Keeping your home organized throughout the holidays is as simple as designating specific areas to complete holiday tasks. For example, keep all your supplies for holiday cards in one area until you’ve finished writing them out and they’re ready to be sent. Or, set up a folding table in the spare bedroom for wrapping gifts with all your wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, gift bags, tissue paper, scissors and tape nearby. This will make it simple to clean up when you’re done and will keep clutter from filling up various places of your house in the meantime.
- Be prepared for holiday clean up. Make sure you have large trash bags on hand for all that discarded wrapping paper and that your holiday storage containers are in good condition. After all the celebrations, before you start packing up decorations, toss any items that are broken or otherwise damaged, dry off any damp outdoor decorations, and put everything back neatly for next year.
- Remember what the holidays are truly about. It’s easy to get caught up in all the consumerism of the holiday season! However, remember that the holidays are truly about being thankful for all that we have, as well as enjoying time with those we hold near and dear.
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