This is a guest post written by Professional Organizer Tiffany Engler from Your Life Organized, LLC.
I know what you are thinking….
Why in the world is Tiffany writing about Stress-Free Holidayʼs when itʼs not even November yet?
Great question. Iʼll tell you why.
Because right now you still have two things on your side: control and time.
In a few weeks it will be Halloween. By the time we clean up Halloween it will be Thanksgiving. The kids will have a few days off, you will be frantic to get groceries and get together with the family. By the time we clean up Thanksgiving it will be Christmas. The kids will have a few days off, you will be frantic to get groceries, presents and get together with the family. Then of course, comes New Years when we are frantic to come up with goals and a plan for the year. And by the last week in January we are left out of breathe.
Doesnʼt this sound exhausting? I think so. So what can you do now, to make sure you still have some breathe left in you?
As I said earlier, you have two things on your side right now: control and time. You still are in control of what this holiday season will be like for you. The craziness and busyness hasnʼt kicked in yet and you are still a month out from the holidays. So I ask you to sit down now with your thoughts and really think about what you want your holiday to be like. Write down your vision and tape it to the fridge. Make a mission statement if you want. Just be clear and specific.
So without further ado, here are some things you can do right now to pave-way to a stress-free holiday:
- Contact those people you might typically give a gift to and establish some gift-giving guidelines or agree not to do gifts at all.
- Consider not mailing out as many holiday greeting cards. Also, if your heart is not in the long letters – skip them and send a photo instead.
- Create a list of people to shop for. Next to each name, write the maximum amount of money you are willing to spend, along with some ideas of what to get them. Start shopping now to avoid the rush.
- Get with your family and decide now, who is going where for the holidays. Some people will be upset with your decision, but donʼt let that take away from your celebration.
- Does everything have to be cooked from scratch? Consider asking guests to bring a dish to pass or have the grocery store prepare a few items for you.
- Make a promise to yourself that you will get enough rest and nutrition.
- The holidayʼs are when we need the sleep and healthy food the most – and typically the time when we get it the least.
- Ask for help. There are so many service providers out there now. There are people who will decorate your home, do a one-time cleaning, run errands and so on. Be honest with how much you can do in such a short period of time and agree to let some things go or get help.