Organizing Tip #10: Holiday Storage

Organizing Tip #10: Holiday Storage

I think the best part of the holidays is all the days leading up to it like the shopping, decorating, wrapping gifts, playing music, and going to parties. But when the holidays are over, we are faced with putting all the reminders of our festivities away. Instead of feeling sad, I make this a fun project. I put in a Christmas movie (or maybe two or three) and take my time putting everything away in an organized manner. I have a separate container for each type of decoration. All my ornaments and tree decorations are in one. Other containers could include one for stocking things, one for garlands, and one for table linens. I also use this opportunity to purge any items that I didn’t use this year. When I am all finished and all the decorations are nicely stored away, I finish my movie with a glass of wine and kick up my feet with anticipation of next year!

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Christmas Countdown

Christmas Countdown

The holidays are coming! The excitement builds and we vow to ourselves that THIS year, things will go smoothly. THIS year, you will get everything done. THIS year, it will not be stressful. And so on….

THIS year can be different! It all starts with a plan, a calendar, and a realistic expectation. If you know me at all, I love planning things and creating a checklist. This part is almost as fun for me and completing my tasks.

I like to start with making a list of everything you hope to do this holiday season. Each year, my daughter and I decorate a gingerbread house. It is one tradition for just the two of us. My list also includes decorating the house, setting up the tree, shopping, baking cookies, having friends over, and so on. Get very specific, for example, “having friends over” could mean one night with 10 friends or it could mean ten nights with each friend one-on-one.

Once your list is complete, take a look at your calendar and schedule each task or event. Start with what is most important to you. If you are having trouble finding time for something on your list, then it may not be realistic for you to try and squeeze it in. It is tough to eliminate something that sounds fun, but this is where a joyful holiday can become a stressful one. So fight the urge to put more on your calendar than is reasonable.

One solution to fitting it all on your calendar, is to simplify. Maybe you bake your sugar cookies from scratch. This year it might be okay to use a store bought mix. Maybe you have three Christmas trees. You could simplify and just put up one tree. See what I mean?

When all my holiday tasks and events are on my calendar, I can enjoy the season a little at a time without the stress!