Tips for Simplified Holiday Organization
By Alissa-Taylor Gifts on November 18, 2008
The tips below can hopefully alleviate some of the stress and pressure the holiday season can create, and help you stay organized.
Take your time
The holidays are supposed to be an enjoyable time of year and there is no reason to hurry A better solution is to take your time and enjoy the process.
Invest in the right tools
This includes a calendar with large blocks to write all of your engagements and activities in, proper boxes to store your ornaments, like the Christmas Ornament Storage Box, and the right cleaning tools to make quick work of cleanup time before guests arrive.
Divide each job into manageable chunks
Divide each job into pieces. For instance, decorating the house; Put up the tree one day, string the lights the next, and then set out your favorite collectibles over three days.
Store similar items together
You can make the following year much easier. After all of your holiday items are properly boxed for storage, carry them to one storage location and stack them together.
Label each storage container
Labeling each box can make it much easier to find the decorations that you want. Some people are happy with a vague "living room" "dining room" form of labeling, while others prefer more detailed "Santa's village for sideboard". Whatever method you choose, remain consistent.
Record what works and what does not
It can be as simple as a list or as complex as a diary. This can include activities, recipes and anything else that makes up your holiday season. Next year, when you are stretched thin, you should automatically know what is worth investing time and effort in and what is not. This is especially true when it comes time to put away your holiday decorations. This can eliminate stress because you have a written record of what type of organizational techniques to avoid and what has worked in years past.
List making is an excellent way to stay organized, which reduces stress. Whether it is shopping for gifts or attending Christmas concerts, the number of things that you have to do can seem overwhelming until you get them down on paper.
Christmas may be different from when you were a child, and that’s ok. Your children may have very different ideas of what makes up a fun Christmas. If you work outside of the home, you may have to come to grips with the idea that you have less time to plan than your parent's did.
Once you have a system in place, maintain it
After taking the time to implement a holiday plan, writing lists and recording what works and what does not, it is important not to become complacent. Developing an organizational plan is the most difficult part of having an organized holiday. Take the time to record, list and store things properly, and you may find each holiday less stressful than the last.
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