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Stressed Out? 4 Tips to Stay Sane this Holiday Season

The holiday season is the only time of year (I know) that can make an organized person spiral out of control. Catalogs amp up their distribution, our social calendar triples instantly and it seems that the kitchen becomes the dumping ground for just about anything. It’s no wonder time flies because we’re so busy just trying to keep up—that we miss out on all the things we love about this season. Since I prefer to stay in control as much as possible (especially when the rest of my world is spinning) there are a handful of things that I do to ensure peace of mind.

  1. Make a list. For me, jotting down all my to-do’s and who I need to buy for in one spot ensures that I don’t leave anyone out. Once you’re done capturing all your tasks, transfer items to your calendar, master to-do list and shopping list. This is the time where I’ll also look through all the catalogs and FB fan pages of my favorite stores to find out when they’re having sales and coordinate my schedule accordingly.
  2. Have a family meeting. This is a great time to plan your social calendar and R.S.V.P to all the invites you’ve received. Just remember, don’t overbook yourself and try and commit to what is realistic. If you have to bake something for every party, you may want to limit appearances. Or, if you don’t have the time and don’t consider yourself a cook, have a go-to bakery that’s convenient to your locale on your resource list. That way you’ll never arrive empty-handed.
  3. Maintain and delegate. While it’s always important to maintain your clutter zones (kitchen, entryway, surfaces), things will still pile up at lightning speed. Block out some time before bed where you play your favorite Christmas songs and get the entire family involved. Put items in their homes and set items by the door that need to go out. And if it just isn’t feasible for you to maintain, delegate chores to family members or hire a cleaning service to lighten the load.
  4. Find time to take care of yourself. If working out in the morning keeps you sane, try and stick to your schedule. For me, it’s planning a mani/pedi or a massage to ensure that I stay grounded. Or, it could be something as simple as taking the dog for an extra-long walk or taking a media fast for half of the day. During this time, you can reflect on all that’s wonderful about the holidays which just might make them last a little longer.
Beth Zeigler knew she was on an organizing path when at the age of 5 she was maximizing her closet space to function as a second bedroom for her dolls. Throw in her background of delegating tasks to her younger brother throughout childhood–and her transition to organizing developed quite organically. Check out her web site at Bneato!

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