The holidays are a very busy time for every family. If last year left you totally stressed out, here are some tips and tricks to make this holiday season the most organized one you have ever had.
- If you don’t already have addresses on hand be sure to round them up in the month of November and try to send them out by December 1st.
- Everyone loves getting a card in the mail but if you have an extensive list, try to whittle down your card list to the people that matter most.
- Photo cards are increasingly popular and can save writing out each individual card. If possible support a local photographer or small business that is able to do this instead of a big box store. Love these ones by Trinity Design.
- If you are going digital make sure you have everyone’s email address ahead of time.
- A neat card sending company you can also check out is Send Out Cards.
- Decide when you are going to put them up and put it on the calendar. This goes for taking them down too. If you carve out a specific amount of time for this it is more likely to happen.
- Organizing areas of your home where holiday supplies are kept can make this much less stressful and make it easier to find items quickly and easily the next year. Spend hours untangling a light string anyone?
- Make decorating a fun activity for the whole family by dedicating a specific day or weekend to the task. Listen to music, have hot chocolate, bake cookies and really get into the spirit.
- Make a list of everyone you have to buy for. Have a budget lined out and stick to it. If need be, give yourself a due date and don’t buy any presents after that date.
- Buy presents that don’t clutter up your home. Family activities, lessons, sporting activities, a spa day, movie night or a play are great choices. Not to mention the effects on your mind, body and spirit that these types of presents can have.
- Support small businesses where possible. These are your friends, neighbours and members of your community that will appreciate your support ten times more than big name department stores. They can then turn around and buy their families presents. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the spirit of the season.
- Plan meals at least a week or two ahead if you will be cooking for a lot of people.
- Give yourself extra time to prepare and refine lists.
- Try to find a store that has everything you need so you only have to go shopping once.
- As with presents, have a holiday food budget and stick to it.
- If you have a huge family, enlist family members to help with preparations or even get dinner catered in. A little bit of cost may save your sanity later on.
Wrapping and supplies
- Make sure you aren’t buying wrapping paper, ribbons, bows and other present supplies for no reason. Be sure to check your stock from last year to make sure you aren’t rebuying supplies you already own.
- Once again, by organizing the areas of your home where supplies are stored you can save yourself time and money once the wrapping begins.
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Happy holidays everyone!