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12 Steps To An Organized Holiday


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A MOMENT TO PLAN

  • use a binder to create a Holiday Planner
  • record addresses under "Greeting Card List"
  • track gifts under "Gift List (donít forget teachers, mail person, etc.)
  • include your favorite holiday dishes under "Recipes"
  • prepare for dinners and banquets under "Meal Calendar"
  • record social events under "Holiday Parties" (with date and time)
  • record plans for your own holiday gatherings under "Guest Lists"

A SHIFT IN YOUR FOCUS

  • capture the real meaning of the holidays
  • donate canned goods to a food bank
  • volunteer at your local soup kitchen
  • donate an old coat to a homeless shelter
  • encourage the kids to pick out toys they feel they can part with
  • count your own blessings
  • simply smile at a stranger

INVOLVE YOUR GUESTS

  • when planning your party, ask your guests to bring something
  • if possible, let them decide what they want to bring
  • it makes the meal more interesting and is fun for all
  • donít forgot to keep a menu planner of who is bringing what

KEEP THE KIDS BUSY

  • give the kids duties
  • collecting the coats or passing out appetizers
  • picking up the wrapping paper from opened presents, etc.

MAKE SHOPPING EASY

  • to reduce the stress on your grocery wallet, shop in large batches
  • buy non-perishable foods over a 2 to 3 week period
  • avoid the hassles of the mall
  • shop online from the comfort of your home
  • many retailers offer free shipping or free gifts with your purchase
  • then pick up your merchandise at the store
  • save on shipping charges and you donít have to wait in long lines

MAKE WRAPPING AN EVENT

  • relax and enjoy wrapping gifts
  • settle in and play some holiday music
  • light a fire and drink hot chocolate

SHIP WITHOUT THE STRESS

  • save money at the post office
  • buy presents for out-of-town friends and relatives first
  • wrap and ship them early to avoid paying high shipping charges

SIMPLIFY AND ENJOY

  • use the less stress way to decorate and undecorate
  • take baby steps
  • it doesnít all have to be done in one day
  • come January you want to have fond memories of the holidays
  • the goal is not to be glad they are over

START A FAMILY TRADITION

  • holiday traditions keep families close
  • make Christmas cookies together
  • jump in the car and drive around town to view all the holiday lights
  • make fun crafts as gifts

START SAVING FOR NEXT YEAR

  • to reduce cash flow stress, think ahead to next Christmas
  • start a Christmas Club account at your bank
  • even if its only $5 or $10 a week
  • by next Christmas you could have saved $500 or more

 

Tammy Costa is a New England based Professional Organizer that specializes in residential, home office and small business organizing. Visit her website at organizedconsultant.tripod.com or contact her at .


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