I was honored to be part of this amazing group who all listed their best tips for stopping procrastination. If it’s something that you struggle with, there are TONS of suggestions from a variety of people. Much like organization is not one-size-fits-all, neither is problem solving! If my tips don’t strike a chord, you are guaranteed to find some that hit home with you.
Think about your childhood holiday memories. Was the best part running around to 20 stores to get presents for every friend and family member? Was it when you were going to 3 holiday parties in one weekend? Was it when you were just lounging around with your loved ones? Was it when you were putting up decorations together?
For me, I’ve been working on slowing down. I’m trying to make the holiday season all about simplicity and working on the “less is more” concept. Less gifts, less food options, less decorating.
I think we can all agree that the holiday season is out of control. When the Christmas decorations are out before Halloween, I think it’s time to rein it in a bit! It’s become a months long marathon.
For a while, my gift list was longer than a CVS receipt. I finally went to close friends and family to make a pact to forgo presents for one another. While my husband still loves to buy gifts for his family, I have only my mom and mother in law to shop for – and they get very similar photo books of our family.
This makes my new year much more organized. Less items to find a home for, less things I don’t need or want, less stuff to put away and pack up.
Last year was the first year we hosted Christmas at our (small) house. On the 24th for dinner, I put some meat in a crock pot and some grits in another. For the 25th brunch, pre-made pancakes from the freezer, along with a pre-mixed quiche and overnight french toast dish all just required heating. I let everyone else fill in the blanks for the rest of the food.
With our small house, hosting duties, and toddler running around, we don’t have much space for a full Christmas tree. For the last few years, I’ve put up a long strand of garland over our fireplace and hung my favorite ornaments on there. Simple, festive, and out of the way.
Everyone wants the magic of the holidays, not a ton of things. Spend the next couple of weeks trying to find your own balance, keeping things simple.
Last week, we talked about how to organize and streamline packing for any holiday travel. Now is a great time to take a look at your car organization because you’ll likely be spending some of that travel time in the car. Double check that your emergency kit is stocked up before your next big trip. Don’t have one? You can buy pre-made ones at Walmart or similar stores. I like to keep a small medical kit close at hand,with some bandages and aspirin.
For longer car rides, you may want to stock up on some car snacks and make sure you toss in a couple trash bags. Personally, I always keep some bleach wipes on the door of my car, just in case of a mess.
If you’re traveling with kids, they can turn a 2-hour car ride seem like 4 hours! To keep them entertained and yourself organized, enter car kits. First is an activity kit. Find some travel-sized toys. Think small Magna Doodles from the dollar store. Small set of crayons and paper in a small box. Special books they haven’t read yet. If you’re short on time, they sell these too.
Second is the kid emergency kit: diapers, wipes, extra set of clothes. You may have some of that packed away in your suitcase for the trip,but you’ll want a small bag of essentials within reach because Murphy’s Law always applies in the car!