The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But they can also be a time for stress and anxiety. If you want to enjoy the holidays without all the stress, it’s important to be organized. What you don’t want is to be in crunch time the week of Christmas.
With so much to plan, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are six steps to help you get and stay organized for the holidays.
1. Make a shopping list:
Before you start, take some time to make a list of all the gifts and items you need to purchase for the holidays. This will help ensure that you don’t forget anything!
When you are shopping, it will be helpful to:
- Make a budget and stick to it
- Compare prices online
- Shop around at local stores
- Use discount codes and coupons
- Take advantage of sales
Planning ahead will help you get the right deal and the right gift!
2. Set up decorations:
Get your home ready for the holiday season by setting up decorations such as lights, wreaths, and other festive items. Rather than pulling it all down from the attic which is much too cramped already, you might want to invest in a storage unit following the holidays.
3. Meal plan:
Plan out all of your holiday meals so that you know what ingredients to purchase and when to start cooking or baking. This can help make the meal-prep process a lot smoother!
You might feel overwhelmed making a Turkey and other dishes you make only once a year, but planning it out in advance will help those big to-dos become little.
4. Organize gift wrapping supplies:
Gather all of your gift-wrapping supplies and organize them so that they are easy to find when you need them. No more last-minute wrapping necessary!!
5. Make holiday cards:
If you plan on sending out cards, design and create the cards ahead of time so that all you have to do is address and send them out!
6. Plan travel:
If you’re traveling for the holidays, make sure to plan out all of your travel details so that you can be sure to make it there on time and without any surprises.
Organizing for the holidays can help make the entire season a lot smoother and more enjoyable. By taking some time to plan ahead, you can make sure that everything is taken care of before the holidays are upon you. Organizing isn’t difficult, it’s simple! It will make the weeks leading up to the big day so much easier for you and your family so that you can sit back and relax too.