But, have no fear! We’ve put together eight simple holiday organizing tips so that you can do the holidays right this year!
With a little planning and organization, you’ll save a lot of time and energy. Imagine being able to relax and enjoy the holidays for a change. Of course, this depends on how long your in-laws are staying with you. :-)
We hope these tips will help you get organized and holiday-ready!
Tip #1: De-clutter.
Take time to sort through and get rid of items you no longer want or need. This will help make room for the influx of new items you’re bound to receive over the holidays. This is especially important for those of you with children.
Tip #2: Create a holiday planner.
Use a basic multi-subject notebook. Create sections for gift lists, holiday card lists, menu planning, decorating, coupons, etc. Bring it with you everywhere, so you can always reference it or add to it. If you’re tech-savvy, go digital with your lists and planning. Rest-assured, there’s an app for that.
Tip #3: Take inventory.
Dig through those piles of wrapping paper, decorations, lights and cards to see what you have on hand. Make a list of things that you need to buy or replace.
Tip #4: Do a wardrobe check.
Make sure you have the perfect party outfit. Stock up on a few key pieces that can be mixed and matched.
Tip #5: Buy in bulk.
If you are attending several holiday parties or have a long list, pick up a case of wine or chocolates. This way you’ll always have something for that last-minute invitation or forgotten gift.
Tip #6: Secret Snowman.
If you have a large family, suggest picking names from a hat, so that each person only has to buy one gift.
Tip #7: Make a list.
Make a list of the extra people you buy for: children’s teachers, coworkers and bosses, letter carriers, neighbors. Carry it around in your wallet for the few weeks before Christmas to avoid last-minute scrambling.
Tip #8: Plan your holiday menu ahead of time.
Try to find recipes that can be made in advance and just re-heated. This will allow more time to spend enjoying the party instead of in the kitchen.