The Christmas holidays can easily feel overwhelming if you don’t prepare in advance for it. That’s not to say that you must start months in advance but instead that you take the time to plan a few things to prevent last-minute stressors. This guide will help you avoid the Holiday chaos.
Decline Holidays Invites with Less Difficulty
It’s tempting to want to get together with others during the holidays, but during the pandemic isn’t a safe time to have a party. Respect local guidelines and decline invites that make you uncomfortable, both for yourself and those going to the get-together.
Make a Holiday Binder
A 3-ring binder with dividers and planning sheets can help you stay on top of everything during this busy time of year. Having a go-to binder can keep you on track with goals like decluttering, decorating, shopping, and staying on budget.
For example, consider including a holiday decor checklist. Depending on how detailed you want to get, you can break it down into Week 1, 2, and 3 to spread out activities like putting up outdoor lights and decorating the tree indoors. That way, you won’t feel overwhelmed.
Include receipts, grocery lists, and gift lists in the binder too. Having everything all in one place is convenient and reduces stress.
Keep the Holiday Spirit in Mind
If you’re doing too much, you’ll feel stressed out, and that’s not the spirit of the season. Christmas is a joyful time of year, so write down what you want to eat, do, create, and buy this season to make sure you do so. Put the list up on the fridge or somewhere else where you will see it as a reminder to do what makes you happy.
Also, incorporate traditions that are important to your family members. If you’re not sure what they want to do, ask them what activities they would like to include this Christmas. Try to ask them at the start of the holiday season so you can plan to include the things that your loved ones look forward to doing in your schedule.
Get a Few Things Done Ahead of Time
If you have a few spare minutes here and there, use them to get things done in advance of Christmas Day. That will take tasks off your to-do list, which relieves the pressure later.
For example, if you’ve already bought some presents, why not wrap one of them tonight? Or, make a dessert ahead of time and freeze it so you won’t be under a time crunch on December 25th.
A Thoughtful Approach
By planning and using the practical tips above, you can reduce stress significantly. That can help you get into the holiday spirit. For more suggestions on organizing your home and managing your time, reach out to our professionals today.