So Christmas is almost here,everywhere I turn and go has the Christmas vibe,even the air smells like Christmas. I’m in love with the holiday season. This is the time for decorating,planning menus and gifts,listening to Mariah Carey’s “all I want for Christmas” over and over again. This is the season to spend time more with family and friends.
However, holidays can also be an incredibly stressful time. Between planning, cooking, decorating, hosting parties and friends, going to parties, having family in town, visiting family out of town, buying gifts, participating in holiday shows… The list goes on and on. Plus, that’s on top of keeping up with the normal household duties. It’s no wonder that the holidays can be filled with anxiety for some.
In order to keep my head on straight and actually enjoy the holiday season, I’ve come up with a few simple tips to help stay organized during this chaotic and fun month.
Don’t leave your menu or party spread planning for the night before. Instead, plan out what you’ll be making weeks ahead so that you won’t be stuck in a rut the day of. Also, plan enough that it won’t be a complete disaster if one or two things don’t work out. If you plan ahead, you’ll be prepared for most anything that comes your way.
WHITTLE DOWN THAT GUEST LIST
While the holidays are a season to be merry, it doesn’t mean you need to host the entire town and then some at your next party. Invite people who you love and know will make the party an enjoyable time. A hostess has enough to worry about without having to entertain people she hardly knows.
DELEGATE AND OUTSOURCE
You do not have to do everything by yourself,you can ask a family member to help out or you can outsource the job. You can ask a catering company to make small chops or drinks for your party or an event planning company to help with decorations. This way you do not get too overwhelmed and stressed.
MAKE TARGETED “TO-DO” LISTS FOR EVERY DAY
Rather than stress yourself out with all the things you need to do for your party this weekend, divide the tasks by day in advance so that you know you’ll get everything done. Plus, it’s much easier to complete smaller daily goals than to overcome a mountain of tasks in a day.
SAY “NO” TO SOME THINGS
Let’s face it: there are some events we want to go to and some that we don’t want to. Unless the event is super important, say no if it is not something you’re excited about. You’ll be less stressed out if you feel like you’re actually enjoying the holidays rather than drowning in them.
GO SHOPPING WITH A LIST
This is pretty basic and important but it’s something we all need a reminder to do. Make a targeted list when you go out shopping, whether it be for gifts, food, or party supplies or decorations . That way, you’ll get out of the store sooner and spend money on things you really need. Don’t over spend just because it’s the Christmas season
LET GO OF THE THINGS YOU CAN’T CONTROL
Let go of the stress of things you can’t control and take time to enjoy things. If you can’t control it, don’t worry about it.
ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY
Lastly, take a breather and enjoy the true meaning of the holidays. This season is meant to be one of fun, laughter, and family. If you’re constantly go-go-go, you’ll never get a second to enjoy these things. So make sure to take a breather, turn on some holiday music, spend some time with family and enjoy the holidays your way.
I hope these tips help you stay organized!
Happy Holidays people