Holiday ads seem to have started much earlier this year. It’s only mid-November, but we’re already in full holiday mode, at least on TV anyway. Though many people still aren’t feeling Jingle Bells-y, a lot are at least starting to plan out the next couple of months. The winter holidays, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa or maybe a combination of them, are stressful. In fact, for some, they can be the most stressful time of year, which is why people begin thinking about it and preparing for it, even if just in their minds, months in advance.
That’s why it seemed to us that now is a good time to talk about getting organized for the holidays. If you can get your home in order before December, you might be able to relax a bit more when the out-of-town company starts arriving and well before you start running out of secret closets to stash Christmas gifts in. We’d like to share a few ideas that we’ve gathered from a variety of experts in home organization. It’s Part 1 of a two-part series that may help you reduce some of the holiday stress that’s bound to creep in at some point over the coming weeks:
* Set aside a day to do your holiday decorating. For the minimalists, it might mean an hour or two on a weeknight. For those who go all out, it might mean blocking out an entire weekend to complete the job. Whatever it takes, designate an appropriate amount of time and then make sure that time is dedicated to holiday decorating. In other words, make sure you don’t have other commitments to attend to during that period so that you can get the job done and done right, without any other distractions or interruptions. Factor in enough time to shop for and replace burnt out light bulbs and to fix broken decorations, too.
* Get your calendar in order. ‘Tis the season for office Christmas parties, school concerts, community holiday fundraisers, family portraits and the like. Mid-November is the perfect time to take 15 minutes as a family to sit down and make sure that everyone knows what is going on during the coming weeks. Mark all of those important events on a central calendar that the whole family has access to so everyone knows what is on the agenda. Get those who are old enough to mark important dates and events on their own calendars (paper or digital) and even to set digital alarms to remind them. Knowing at a glance what is coming will help you avoid the stress that comes with being told by your kindergartener at bedtime that you are supposed to bake Christmas cookies for the class Christmas party the next morning.
* Create a gift wrapping station. This applies to everyone, no matter how much (or how little) space you have in your home. If you have a spare room or home office, you might devote a small corner of it to wrapping paper, tape, ribbons, etc. If you have a small home with no extra space, consider purchasing a reusable tote, preferably one that is designed specifically to hold rolls of wrapping paper. Store all of your wrap, bows, baubles and other wrapping essentials inside. Slide it under a bed or in a crawl space when not in use. When you need it, move it to a bedroom or other area that will serve as a temporary wrapping station. This way, everything you need is in one place, and you can re-pack and stash it away again when you’re done wrapping.
Be sure to check out our next blog in a couple of weeks for part two in our mini-series on holiday organization and reducing some of the stress that comes with the holidays. Thinking of renovating for the holidays? Get a free upgrade when you book a free in-home consultation with the organization experts at Tailored Living Coquitlam, Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.