Happy Holiday Season! I am absolutely stunned that 2021 is almost at its end. This year has flown by and been busier than ever. As we step into this next season, we can reflect on the past year and celebrate with friends and family. We can also take this time to slow down, catch our breath, and gear up for a new year.
Between time with friends and family, festive outings, group dinners, and everything else holiday-related, stress levels can feel like they are at an all time high. The stress we feel during the holidays takes away from our time spent with the people we love doing the things we love to do. Do you want to be well on your way towards a less stressful season? Keep reading for tips that will help you cut down on that seasonal stress so that you can make the most out of your holidays!
1. Designated Space for Storing and Wrapping Gifts
The holidays are a time of giving. Having a designated space to house the gifts you plan on giving out during the holiday season will ensure that everything is kept in one place so you are less likely to misplace things at the last minute.
The place where you store gifts can also double as your Wrapping Command Center. Be sure to stock up on wrapping paper, gift bags, ribbon, bows, cards, tape, scissors, and anything else you might need so there are no last minute scrambles to the busy store!
2. Holiday Schedule
Our schedules tend to fill up pretty quickly during the holidays between being out of town, family visiting, holiday bucket list activities, and other events. Staying on top of your holiday schedule will help to cut down on the stress that comes with a busy couple of months. Whether you use a physical calendar or your phone’s calendar, make sure to label or color code your events. I find it is also helpful to set reminders a couple days or a week out so I can better prepare for what’s coming up.
3. Make Your List (Yes, Check it Twice)
As Mr. Clause knows, making a list and checking it twice is incredibly helpful during a busy holiday season. Separate your lists into all of the things you need to do or remember including a list of what gifts you have gotten or still need to get, a list of big events coming up like family outings, dinners, and other fun festivities, and a list of the food that you plan to make or buy.
From your separate lists, create a master list that is chronological. An easy way to do this is to fold a piece of paper into 3 sections. The first section will be This Week, the next section will be Next Week, and the last section will be Coming up. This is a great way to quickly visually prioritize all of the things you are keeping track of. Don’t forget to check it twice!
4. Clean Out Closets and Storage Room
As you begin to dig out your holiday decorations and prepare to transition into a new season, you can also use this time to downsize. This is a great time to get rid of decorations you haven’t put up in years as well as winter clothing items you no longer wear.
You can sell your items and save up some extra cash! My Clutter to Cash course will teach you everything you need to know. You can also donate. Donating items, especially winter clothing items like hats, jackets, and gloves, is a wonderful way to give back during the holiday season.
5. Involve Your Family
It’s easy for the holiday season to get jam-packed with different things that require our attention. We also have to remember that this is a season to celebrate our meaningful relationships with friends and family. The planning and preparation can most definitely be stressful, but if you get the family involved, it alleviates some stress from you AND you get to spend precious time with your loved ones creating memories that will last a lifetime.