It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
…Unless you easily get bogged down by the chaos that ensues during this incredibly busy holiday season.
We know the feeling of stress and overwhelm that can come along with attending holiday parties, shopping, making travel plans, and everything else that pops up during the holidays.
And these feelings can easily steal the joy out of what’s supposed to be a fun, exciting time of year with family and friends.
But, here’s the good news…we’ve also discovered the secret to not going crazy during this time of year…and it all has to do with organization!
The sooner you are able to get your ducks in a row, the more you’ll be able to enjoy the holidays. So, today, we’ve decided to share how to easily get organized for the holiday season.
Check out some of our favorite organization strategies…
#1. Use a calendar to clearly plan out all your events, vacations, etc.
The best way to get organized is to pull out a calendar. After all, there’s nothing worse than having to run out at midnight to grab cupcakes because you forgot about your kid’s school holiday party or accidentally double-booked your Saturday night plans because you have more than one holiday event to attend.
Whew, talk about stressful!
This year, hang a calendar in a common room for everyone to see. Mark the days you have plans so you can stay on top of what’s coming next on your schedule.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to schedule a few “relax days” when you do absolutely nothing. We promise, you’re going to need them!
#2. Make travel plans early so you don’t have to stress about them.
Waiting last minute to do anything in regards to traveling can be a pain. For instance, when you don’t plan ahead, you might find yourself…
- Paying more for travel expenses.
- Settling for cheap hotels because everything else is booked up.
- Having to endure long, stressful car rides because plane or train tickets are all sold out.
Don’t wait to reserve your hotel room until the night before you arrive in town. If you know you’ll be traveling for the holidays, get your plans together ASAP.
As each week goes by and we get closer to the end of December, it’s going to be harder and more expensive to book all your travel plans.
#3. Declutter your home.
The holiday season is also a gift giving season. And while there’s nothing wrong with spoiling your kids with a few new toys or accepting gifts from friends and family, the amount of stuff that accumulates in your home can easily become overwhelming.
This year, get organized by weeding through your stuff and getting rid of what is not needed. Or better yet, put together some gently used clothes, pieces of furniture you don’t use, or other household items, and donate them to those who are in need.
To keep your home from filling back up with stuff, ask friends and family who feel the need to give you a gift to send a donation to a charity of your choosing.
#4. Purchase staple holiday foods/baking supplies in advance.
Nothing says the holidays quite like a tray of freshly baked Christmas cookies or a turkey cooking in the oven.
Having to run out to the store to buy eggs every time you get inspired to make some cookies certainly takes the joy out of baking!
This year, put together a list of the foods and desserts you want to make…and do your shopping ahead of time. This way, you can stock up on the materials you’ll need to cook and bake.
If you’re hosting a turkey dinner, buy your turkey early and keep it in your freezer. Planning on making several batches of cookies? Buy lots of butter and then freeze it. You get the idea!
The best part…frozen items, canned goods, and a lot of baking supplies (flour, salt vanilla extract, etc.) will keep for months! If you don’t use all your supplies for the holidays, keep them on hand, and you can use it throughout the year.
#5. Be realistic about your holiday commitments.
Last but not least, we encourage you to be realistic about your holiday commitments.
It might seem like a good idea to say yes to everything at the time, but several weeks later when you’re running from a party to a holiday parade to dinner at your Aunt Barbara’s house, you’re probably going to regret it.
Organize your time wisely. Don’t schedule too many activities for one day. And be okay with saying no to the things you don’t want to do.
How do you stay organized during the holidays? Let us know in the comments below!