by Lynne Poulton of Wholly Organized! ® LLC
If you are like me, I want to do EVERYTHING festive during the holiday time. Here are ten tips to help you get through the season with less stress:
- 1) If you shop: Make your shopping list now. If you want to keep the clutter down in your gift giving then try some of these ideas: http://knoxville.citymomsblog.com/40-non-toy-gifts-the-ultimate-gift-non-toy-gift-guide-for-all-ages/
- 2) If you are stressed by crowds, the people on the road and want to buy gifts: try the not so “pedestrian” online sites for a change. Etsy, Shop Spring, Blue Q, Mignon, Flight 001. There is always Amazon of course.
- 3) If you host a meal: Make your menu now. Make your grocery list now. Break down the things to do a week before/day before/ morning of. Set the table the night before if you can.
- 4) If you send out cards: Invest in the time to create a holiday card address label template. Then print out the labels to save time from hand addressing. http://bit.ly/2fABR0z
- 5) If you decorate: Only put out the decorations that you absolutely love. Donate the rest!
- 6) If you bake cookies: include the kids in the process (if you don’t have kids, invite your friend’s kids over). You are creating life-long memories of fun and enjoyment.
- 7) If you are overwhelmed with a messy area in your house: schedule “me time” on your calendar and commit to tackling one area so that you feel accomplished, less stressed and more organized for the new year. Hire a Professional Organizer if you are stuck and want support and guidance! http://www.naponorthcoastoh.com/find-an-organizer
- 8) If you are worried about overeating: allow yourself one indulgence a day, drink one or two extra glasses of water, aim to eat more veggies and focus on the relationships at the parties and not the food.
- 9) If your family members stress you out: Remember, it’s the holidays, decide upfront to not latch on to negativity. Limit the time spent with stressful family members. Here are some ideas on ways to handle Grinch-like comments: http://bit.ly/2fUMIpZ
- 10) Keep it simple and eat a candy cane. Peppermint is proven to ease your stomach, lessen frustration and calm your nerves.
Here’s to a less stressful season and a healthy 2017.
Lynne Poulton, CPO® and Owner of Wholly Organized! ® LLC