Have Happier, Less Stressful Holidays By Organizing These 3 Areas Now

Have Happier, Less Stressful Holidays By Organizing These 3 Areas Now

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Adrienne Breaux
Oct 17, 2015
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Who doesn't want a less stressful holiday season? The kind of holiday season where you feel more joy, connectedness and have more fun — and eliminate a lot of the hectic elements that can sneak up on us? This weekend's Weekend Project won't require any cleaning or scrubbing; it's about organizing your thoughts about certain areas of your home and the holiday season (and then coming up with a plan).

This Weekend's Assignment:

Assess your home's holiday readiness and come up with your holiday plan of attack

"Plan of attack" doesn't exactly have a festive ring to it, but it does set the tone for being proactive about shaping your holiday experience (starting with Halloween and moving along to Thanksgiving and any other holidays you might celebrate in the year). It's about taking some action now and not letting the holidays pass over you too quickly.

There are three main areas of holiday life you should brainstorm about this weekend.

It might require a little digging through storage and inventory taking, but it should mostly be creating lists and plans of what you need to do now and leading up to the holidays. Getting a handle on all this holiday stuff this weekend — figuring out what you will need to make the most of this time of year (and writing it down on paper) — might take the stress and last-minute-ness out of this season and even let you enjoy these activities.

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1. Decor and cheer

  • Head to where all your holiday decorations are stored. Consider pulling them out to check for broken/missing decor elements that will need to be updated or replaced.
  • Make a list of the items that you want to DIY or buy to add to your home's decor this year.
  • Look at the calendar and pick the date you'll begin decorating (and make a list of things that need to happen before you can).
  • Locate your holiday card address list (if you send greetings to friends and family) to see who needs to be removed, added and pick the date you'll work on your holiday cards and send them out.

2. Gifts

  • Make your gift list now if gifts play an important role in whatever holidays you celebrate — who you want to give to and if you can, fill it out with what you want to give them.
  • Create a shopping and DIYing calendar that helps you organize when you'll buy or make gifts for folks.
  • Make sure you include a materials lists of things you'll have to buy before you can begin DIYing gifts.
  • Assess your gift wrapping situation. Will you need to replace supplies this year? Do you have a storage area that you can access easily? If not, make a date to deal with this critical part of the holidays before it's too late.

3. Entertaining

  • Will you be cooking dinner for friends and family? Consider picking out recipes now and make dates to test them before it's time to entertain.
  • Take an inventory of your plates, dishes and other servingware and cookware and make a list of what you need to replace, clean or buy.
  • Will you be hosting overnight guests? Do an inventory of your supplies like extra blankets and pillows and think about where everyone might go (and what they might need for everyone to be comfortable during their stay).

You don't have to get started on any of the tasks you outline above — this exercise is mostly to get you thinking about the holidays and what all you will need to get accomplished to make them smooth and happy rather than choppy and hectic. You should come away this weekend with a handful of lists and dates in the calendar that will help you tackle your holiday tasks in a timely and organized fashion. But if you want to start on anything above, go for it! Check out the links below for more advice:

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