The holiday season stretches from Halloween all the way to New Year’s Day.
When you consider holiday shopping, food preparations, party planning and decorating, the season lasts even longer.
One of the keys to making the holiday season less stressful is to get organized before it starts.
Preparing your home and yourself for the holidays doesn’t have to be difficult.
In fact, with a few easy tips and some creativity, you will be prepared for the holidays in no time.
HOW TO GET ORGANIZED FOR THE HOLIDAYS
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CREATE A HOLIDAY TO-DO LIST
Take the time to take note of all the tasks the holidays will bring.
Having everything written down will help you to remember everything you have to do and make you feel in control.
Assign deadlines to each of your tasks.
If you are hoping to send off holiday cards this season, you will have to schedule a date for the family photo, create the card, update your mailing list and more.
Break to-dos down into small tasks and put deadlines on all of it.
EXTEND LARGE PROJECTS
Be completely realistic about which projects you’re willing to take on over the holiday season.
Keep in mind that it’s common for large projects to take about three times longer than once budgeted for, so instead of renovating the bathroom now, consider waiting until after the new year.
Not only will waiting take some of the stress off, but it might just be cheaper to have it completed during a slow period.
WORK WITH WHAT YOU HAVE
Before you go out and break the bank purchasing new décor or seasonal items, consider working with what you already have.
There is really nothing worse than spending money on something and then realize that you have something along the same lines already.
There is also no need to go crazy with purchasing something new each year.
Consider working with what you already have on hand, after all, sometimes less is more.
Getting ready and organized for the holidays doesn’t have to be daunting.
Just remember to create lists, have deadlines, put off large projects and work with what you already have on hand.
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