Organized During the Holidays – Tips
Staying organized during the holidays may be a challenge for some of you. As your San Diego Personal and Professional Organizer I want to help you keep things in perspective. As important as being organized is, I hope that you will find ways to streamline your expectations and responsibilities so that you can enjoy the holidays. Do you try to fit too much in to too little time? Do you spend more money than you need to, on stuff that no one really needs? You’ve heard the saying, “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” (Bill Keane).
Here’s a handy checklist of organizing tips that you can use to help make this season more manageable. I suggest that you post this somewhere where you will see it every day as a reminder.
- Make time for gratitude. Being grateful for time with family and friends will help you live in a balanced, more healthy way. Schedule lunch with a friend and take a break from your to do list.
- Schedule time for personal care and self nurturing activities. Make sure that your time management includes time alone, time in nature, and don’t skip exercise during the holiday season. Exercise is a great way to stay healthy and reduce stress. One of the most important time management routines to maintain is a regular wake up and go to sleep time.
- Reexamine your traditions. Do you need to continue all of the traditions even if you and your family have outgrown them? Eliminate the things that don’t fulfill you anymore. Steamline some of the cooking, decorating, etc. Organize simple traditions this year.
- Focus on giving experiences rather than “stuff”. We all have more than we need. Consider giving tickets to events, personalized coupons for services such as a massage, or a gift card to someone’s favorite restaurant.
- Encourage friends and family members to agree to a spending budget. Limiting your spending and sticking to a budget will reduce the stress of paying off credit card bills with high interest rates.
- Consider hiring help for grocery shopping, meal preparation, serving and/or cleanup. Delegating some or all of these tasks will enable you to enjoy the holiday dinner and have quality time with your family and friends. It’s money well worth spending.