We’re now well into the holiday season, which means you probably have a lot on your plate. Holiday shopping, planning festive get-togethers, and cleaning and decorating your home for the season add to your already busy schedule and can be a huge source of stress.
Planning in advance and getting organized can really help to reduce stress levels in this hectic season. Here are a few simple tips to help you get organized for the holidays.
1. Create a holiday to-do list
It can feel overwhelming when you know you have so much to do. Simply writing it all down on a piece of paper can help you to remember what you have to do and feel in control. It’s also a great boost when you get to cross a task off the list!
2. Do some holiday stocktaking
Have you ever decided to take advantage of a great deal at the grocery store only to come home and find you have multiples of the same item in your pantry? This is even more likely in the holidays when you may have not used something for a year. Check your cupboards and storage for ingredients, wrapping paper, and decorations so you only buy what you need.
3. Keep track of gifts
It’s very easy to either go overboard and buy too much or realize you’re a few presents short at the last minute. To avoid these situations, use a spreadsheet or notebook to catalog all gifts that you’ve bought or plan to buy, including budget and where you’ve stored them.
4. Buy containers for organizing your festive decorations
Be a friend to your future self, and don’t go another year trying to untangle Christmas lights or find where you put your table centerpiece. Invest in some plastic storage boxes so you can pack away your decorations neatly and label them so you can find everything easily next year. This is also a great time to catalog what you have to help you with your shopping later.
5. Get the professionals in
Getting organized for the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful. If you follow these tips, you should find that you feel less frazzled. However, if you’re still struggling and feel like you don’t have enough time to get everything done, it’s worth thinking about hiring a professional organizer to help you out this holiday season.