Ahhh it’s the holidays. The older I get the less wonderful they are. With all the shopping, and cooking, and baking, and obligatory partying, and on and on and on, I hardly have time to catch my breath. If I feel stressed and I’m an organizing and productivity expert, I can’t imagine how stressful this season is for the rest of the world. Here are some simple tips to keep you going until the New Year.
Just Say No: Not all parties and events need to be attended. If you’re not going to be fully present at an event, don’t attend. Save that mental and physical energy for invites you want to attend. A simple, “Thank you for the invitation and I appreciate it but I won’t be able to attend.” Period. Stop. Don’t say anything more. If you want to connect with the invitee, suggest a date after the holidays when things have slowed down a bit.
Donate to Do Good: Gift giving runs rampant with Christmas and Hanukkah and when new things come into your home without having other things go out, there’s bound to be clutter. Donate unused toys to a toy drive and clear your home of the clothes hanging in your closet that haven’t been worn in years.
Avoid Overspending: Sure, you want to shower the people you love with gifts and if you have the resources to do it, by all means, be generous. But if you’re on a budget, consider a handmade gift or shop consignment stores to score new or nearly new brand name items for those on your shopping list.
Don’t Delay: Leaving shopping until the last minute wastes precious time during the holidays. Instead of spending time in crowded malls and shopping centers, or hours scouring sales online, shop throughout the year. When you see something your loved one would love, buy it and put it away in a gift area. This will free up more of your time to enjoy the holidays and not be stressed about finding the perfect gift, because you’ll already have it.
A Little Bit Goes a Long Way: Clean up your home in little increments. Waiting for food to cook in the oven? Clean the refrigerator. Is there a load of laundry in the washer? Tackle your mending or ironing pile. Every night before bed, set aside 15 minutes to pick up and put away clutter that has accumulated in the home. This reset is so helpful to keep little piles of clutter from becoming big piles of clutter.
I hope these small tips will make your December a little more organized. If you liked this post, please subscribe to my newsletter and share it with a friend. For more insight into my organizing life follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Until next time!
Jessica and the Become Organized Team