Apps and Tips to Organize for the Holidays

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Organize for Holidays


It’s that time of year! Plastic Santa Clauses decorate lawns, stores blare Christmas carols, and commercials remind you that your dearest friends and family need the newest gadget. It’s holiday time, a time of joy, but also one of the most stressful times of the year. You can avoid some of the personal stress by ensuring you have an organized holiday season. Wow your friends, amaze your co-workers, and make your family wonder how you do it all! By prioritizing a few tasks, you will breeze through this holiday season with time and energy to enjoy it, not just survive!



This time of year is so stressful because of all the events you must attend. School, work, organizations, family, and friends all want to get together to celebrate. It’s exciting and enjoyable, but also a scheduling nightmare! Tackle this area first. Post a calendar in an obvious location, visible to all members of your house. Begin by marking down the most important events. For example, Christmas morning at home with the kids or the arrival of out of town guests should be written in pen. Once you schedule the must attend events, you can focus on fitting in others. Think about color-coding events for large families. Use one color for each kid, one for the entire family and one for just mom and dad. Once you know all of your commitments, you can focus on what you need to bring to each one.


Gift Giving

Next, organize the complex task of gift giving. Make a list of every person for whom you would like to purchase a gift, and set a budget. Your overall holiday budget should include gifts, cards, postage, decorations, clothing, and food. Once you decide how much of the budget is dedicated to gifts, assign individual amounts to each person. You will need help to keep track of what has been bought, wrapped, and shipped! Check out some of the gift buying apps available. Most of them allow you to track if you are over or under budget, gift ideas, what you have left to buy, and even if the item has been shipped. If possible, shop online in small spurts instead of marathon shopping. Keep a list of two to three items and purchase them when you have a few minutes of wait time. Also, set up a wrapping station somewhere in your house so you can wrap presents as soon as you get home. Consider wrapping each location’s gifts in a different paper so you can quickly grab and go and keep things organized.



The final aspect to attack is cooking. Aim to clean and reorganize your kitchen a month before the holiday craziness begins. Take inventory of commonly used ingredients and purchase extras at a big box store to eliminate trips to the store. Also, buy a few pre-made items, such as cookie dough, to have on hand in case of an emergency. Bake and freeze items ahead of time. Wrap them well, with clear instructions on how they need to be prepared before serving. Consider having a potluck style dinner. Ask guests to bring side dishes and desserts. You’ll end up with a great variety, something everyone likes, and less work for you!
With a little organization, the holidays can be an enjoyable time to spend with family. Don’t spend it frantically running around trying to accomplish everything at the last minute! Remember to take care of yourself. Write down your plans and go to sleep knowing everything is handled. Ask for help! Even the smallest helpers can stir cookies or hand you tape. Involve those closest to you to create memories before the real events even start.


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