If you get organized now for a stress free Christmas, you’ll have more time to enjoy the season! Surviving the holidays through organization is how I stay on track and more at ease during the holidays. The holidays are always a busy, sometimes stressful, time of year. But there are five easy ways to manage the chaos!
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Today, you’ll find lots of fabulous ideas for survival guides for the holidays. Getting organized early is the key for me and I’m sharing 5 Ways To Get Organized Now for a Stress Free Christmas.
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Get Organized Now for a Stress Free Christmas
Decide on your holiday decor
Will you be using the same decor as last season? Do you want to add some new pieces? Do you want to switch up the look entirely? Make a list of any new decor pieces that you plan on purchasing. Compare prices online for those items. Remember to use sites like Wikibuy or Shop Savvy to find discounts. You can also find wonderful holiday decor at Oriental Trading. Check your Christmas decor bins to determine what you’ll be using for this year’s decor. Sort them into boxes, bags, or bins for each room’s decor.
Make a Gift Shopping List
You know “the list” that we type in our notes on our phone or even jot down on paper? I’ve got a better way to keep your list up to date. Download the app called Santa’s Bag on your smart phone. It’s a game changer. It prompts you to set your budget, add recipients, gifts, and status of gifts. It keeps a running tally of your spending as you enter information. While you’re out shopping, just take a moment to enter the information and it becomes a handy reference and a big help as you continue your gift shopping.
Make a Grocery List and Start Stocking Up Early
Sort your list into pantry items, frozen, and refrigerated items. Begin buying nonperishable items as soon as possible. If you have room for storage in your garage or a room that’s not often used, store them there until closer to the time you’ll be needing them. Buy frozen items early if you have extra room in a freezer. The refrigerated items can be purchased closer to day you’ll need them.
Set up a Gift Wrapping Station
Purchase wrapping paper, ribbons, and cards and set up a wrapping station if you have room in your home to do so. One of our guest bedrooms becomes Christmas central during November. I use a large basket to hold wrapping paper, ribbon, and gift tags. Another basket holds tape, scissors, and a marker for writing the gift tags. Spend a few minutes each day wrapping presents. That way, you won’t feel overwhelmed as Christmas approaches. I love having as many presents as possible wrapped and ready to be placed under the tree as soon as we put it up right after Thanksgiving.
Check your tableware and guest bedrooms
If you’re going to be hosting guests for a meal or overnight stays, check your tableware and serving dishes, or purchase disposable tableware early. Amazon has great deals for disposable holiday tableware. For house guests, the bedrooms and guest baths can be thoroughly cleaned and decorated in early December to be ready for your guests. If you need new sheets for your guests beds, these are great and are very reasonably priced. All you’ll need to do is a little spot cleaning as it gets closer to time for their arrival.
I’ve been following these ideas for years and while there is never a way to be fully prepped for unexpected holiday happenings, all of these holiday organization tips help to give me lots more time to enjoy the season.
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