5 Tips to Simplify the Holiday Season

by Grace Brooke

The holiday season is upon us and it is no secret that this time of year can be very stressful.  The holidays are supposed to be a time spent with family and friends, good food, and gift giving.  But all the decorating, planning, and shopping can be very overwhelming.  Here are a few tips on how to simplify the holiday process:

  • Think about your favorites. It is easy to forget what the holidays are about so before planning dinner parties, gift exchanges, and caroling outings really take some time to remember what you really love about this time of year.  Is it the big family dinner?  Or the small gift exchange you do with your closest friends?  Whatever it is make it your priority and don’t over schedule yourself.
  • Make room for the new. This is a great time of year to go through your closets, shelves, and drawers.  Take all the things that you haven’t used an awhile along with the clothes and shoes to your favorite charity.  The same goes for your holiday decorations.  It is important to go though and get rid of things that are broken, falling apart, or you haven’t put out in years.   This not only frees up space in your house for the new amazing gifts from loved ones but you are also helping a good cause.
  • Take Inventory. Once the old stuff is taken care of, it is important to take inventory and know what you have. This makes shopping much easier.  The worst is when you are standing in the isle at the store trying to remember if you already had the blue and white snowflake wrapping paper, or was it the red and green polka-dots?  This will help to eliminate duplicates, increase efficiency while out shopping, and decrease the chance of extra clutter.
  • Delegate! If people offer to help, take advantage of it.  There is nothing inviting about a flustered host or hostess.  If people are offering to bring baked treats to your dinner party, let them.  This helps ease your workload and in the end allows you to enjoy the party more.
  • Don’t fall behind. When the holidays approach it seems that the daily activities fall by the wayside.  Make sure to schedule a time before the holiday season gets in full swing to make calls, file, pay bills, etc.  These little task take only a few minutes but if they are left unattended can cause some major headaches down the road.

The holidays are a great time of year; just remember to not let yourself become overwhelmed.  With these helpful tips the holidays should be a breeze and a time to spend with those loved ones making great memories.

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