Keeping it Simple for the Holidays

"Keeping it simple for the holidays" with glittery gold sequins

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. 

The Importance of Slowing Down

The importance of slowing down

I have slowly become one of those people: an early riser. My alarm typically goes off at 5:00 am. It’s not because I enjoy getting up early. Because it’s not that. It’s because I need to have some me time before my day begins, which is in short supply the remainder of the day. Other than my drive from school to work and back again (during which time I try to check in with my parents), I am around people basically until I go to bed at night. As an outgoing introvert that needs to recharge frequently, I love having that hour in the morning during the week that I can use for just me.

As we are getting past Halloween, we are officially entering the holiday season. How many things are on there? Is there any time for you? Is there any time for your kid to just play? Just relax? If you’re a parent, you may not even think about the fact that your kid may be an introvert and need some down time. They are constantly on the go from one activity to another, just like us. It’s time to give everyone a break.

Here’s my challenge to you. Take a look at your calendar and find the next completely open weekend. And then mark it as a slow weekend. The entire thing. Friday night, all day Saturday, all day Sunday. Do not add another thing to it. At all. No plans, no errands, no rushing. Do not plan any events before the day. Ask yourself how you see the day going and what your perfect day would look like. Ask your kids that morning what they want to do if they could do anything that day.

I understand that you may still need to do some grocery shopping or meal prepping for the week. Or that you may need to run a few loads of laundry. But resist the urge to stop by the dry cleaners on your way home from the park. Don’t run to Walmart for some batteries. Don’t tackle any home improvement projects (unless your whole family loves doing them together!). Give yourself and your family a weekend to just be together and enjoy a slow weekend of doing nothing. You all may enjoy it more than you think. It may become a new routine.

Week of me – Sunday

me time

It’s time to take some time for you. Trust me, you deserve it! I know what you’re thinking – what does a week of me have to do with organizing my house? Everything! As I’ve mentioned a couple of times on Instagram, you can’t pour from an empty cup. If you’re not taking care of yourself, you can’t take care of others or your home. I’ve included the entire week on each day so you know what’s coming up ahead! If you have the time, try to keep doing the ones from previous days to make them a habit in your life!


Monday – Purge: unsubscribe from unwanted emails. Take a look at the last week of emails and see if there are any you can unsubscribe from using the link at the bottom of the email.

Tuesday – Clean: tackle one project you’ve put off. For me, it’s a quick sweep of bathroom baseboards! Make it a small project like wiping out just the door of the frig or putting some baking soda and vinegar down the garbage disposal.

Wednesday – Donate: find 3 things in your closet to donate and add it to your donation box. Bonus points if you donate it today!

Thursday – Energize: take a 20 minute walk, get some fresh air.

Friday – Self-care: take care of yourself by drawing a bath, doing a face mask, getting a pedicure (or all of the above!)

Saturday – Digital detox: take a night off from all screens. Maybe try to include the entire family!

TODAY – Health: make a healthy meal.

Week of me – Saturday

me time

It’s time to take some time for you. Trust me, you deserve it! I know what you’re thinking – what does a week of me have to do with organizing my house? Everything! As I’ve mentioned a couple of times on Instagram, you can’t pour from an empty cup. If you’re not taking care of yourself, you can’t take care of others or your home. I’ve included the entire week on each day so you know what’s coming up ahead! If you have the time, try to keep doing the ones from previous days to make them a habit in your life!


Monday – Purge: unsubscribe from unwanted emails. Take a look at the last week of emails and see if there are any you can unsubscribe from using the link at the bottom of the email.

Tuesday – Clean: tackle one project you’ve put off. For me, it’s a quick sweep of bathroom baseboards! Make it a small project like wiping out just the door of the frig or putting some baking soda and vinegar down the garbage disposal.

Wednesday – Donate: find 3 things in your closet to donate and add it to your donation box. Bonus points if you donate it today!

Thursday – Energize: take a 20 minute walk, get some fresh air.

Friday – Self-care: take care of yourself by drawing a bath, doing a face mask, getting a pedicure (or all of the above!)

TODAY – Digital detox: take a night off from all screens. Maybe try to include the entire family!

Sunday – Health: make a healthy meal.

Week of me – Friday

me time

It’s time to take some time for you. Trust me, you deserve it! I know what you’re thinking – what does a week of me have to do with organizing my house? Everything! As I’ve mentioned a couple of times on Instagram, you can’t pour from an empty cup. If you’re not taking care of yourself, you can’t take care of others or your home. I’ve included the entire week on each day so you know what’s coming up ahead! If you have the time, try to keep doing the ones from previous days to make them a habit in your life!


Monday – Purge: unsubscribe from unwanted emails. Take a look at the last week of emails and see if there are any you can unsubscribe from using the link at the bottom of the email.

Tuesday – Clean: tackle one project you’ve put off. For me, it’s a quick sweep of bathroom baseboards! Make it a small project like wiping out just the door of the frig or putting some baking soda and vinegar down the garbage disposal.

Wednesday – Donate: find 3 things in your closet to donate and add it to your donation box. Bonus points if you donate it today!

Thursday – Energize: take a 20 minute walk, get some fresh air.

TODAY – Self-care: take care of yourself by drawing a bath, doing a face mask, getting a pedicure (or all of the above!)

Saturday– Digital detox: take a night off from all screens. Maybe try to include the entire family!

Sunday – Health: make a healthy meal.

Week of me – Thursday

me time

It’s time to take some time for you. Trust me, you deserve it! I know what you’re thinking – what does a week of me have to do with organizing my house? Everything! As I’ve mentioned a couple of times on Instagram, you can’t pour from an empty cup. If you’re not taking care of yourself, you can’t take care of others or your home. I’ve included the entire week on each day so you know what’s coming up ahead! If you have the time, try to keep doing the ones from previous days to make them a habit in your life!


Monday – Purge: unsubscribe from unwanted emails. Take a look at the last week of emails and see if there are any you can unsubscribe from using the link at the bottom of the email.

Tuesday – Clean: tackle one project you’ve put off. For me, it’s a quick sweep of bathroom baseboards! Make it a small project like wiping out just the door of the frig or putting some baking soda and vinegar down the garbage disposal.

Wednesday – Donate: find 3 things in your closet to donate and add it to your donation box. Bonus points if you donate it today!

TODAY – Energize: take a 20 minute walk, get some fresh air.

Friday – Self-care: take care of yourself by drawing a bath, doing a face mask, getting a pedicure (or all of the above!)

Saturday– Digital detox: take a night off from all screens. Maybe try to include the entire family!

Sunday – Health: make a healthy meal.

Week of me – Wednesday

me time

It’s time to take some time for you. Trust me, you deserve it! I know what you’re thinking – what does a week of me have to do with organizing my house? Everything! As I’ve mentioned a couple of times on Instagram, you can’t pour from an empty cup. If you’re not taking care of yourself, you can’t take care of others or your home. I’ve included the entire week on each day so you know what’s coming up ahead! If you have the time, try to keep doing the ones from previous days to make them a habit in your life!


Monday – Purge: unsubscribe from unwanted emails. Take a look at the last week of emails and see if there are any you can unsubscribe from using the link at the bottom of the email.

Tuesday – Clean: tackle one project you’ve put off. For me, it’s a quick sweep of bathroom baseboards! Make it a small project like wiping out just the door of the frig or putting some baking soda and vinegar down the garbage disposal.

TODAY – Donate: find 3 things in your closet to donate and add it to your donation box. Bonus points if you donate it today!

Thursday – Energize: take a 20 minute walk, get some fresh air.

Friday – Self-care: take care of yourself by drawing a bath, doing a face mask, getting a pedicure (or all of the above!)

Saturday– Digital detox: take a night off from all screens. Maybe try to include the entire family!

Sunday – Health: make a healthy meal.

Week of me – Tuesday

me time

It’s time to take some time for you. Trust me, you deserve it! I know what you’re thinking – what does a week of me have to do with organizing my house? Everything! As I’ve mentioned a couple of times on Instagram, you can’t pour from an empty cup. If you’re not taking care of yourself, you can’t take care of others or your home. I’ve included the entire week on each day so you know what’s coming up ahead! If you have the time, try to keep doing the ones from previous days to make them a habit in your life!


Monday – Purge: unsubscribe from unwanted emails. Take a look at the last week of emails and see if there are any you can unsubscribe from using the link at the bottom of the email.

TODAY – Clean: tackle one project you’ve put off. For me, it’s a quick sweep of bathroom baseboards! Make it a small project like wiping out just the door of the frig or putting some baking soda and vinegar down the garbage disposal.

Wednesday – Donate: find 3 things in your closet to donate and add it to your donation box. Bonus points if you donate it today!

Thursday – Energize: take a 20 minute walk, get some fresh air.

Friday – Self-care: take care of yourself by drawing a bath, doing a face mask, getting a pedicure (or all of the above!)

Saturday– Digital detox: take a night off from all screens. Maybe try to include the entire family!

Sunday – Health: make a healthy meal.

Week of me – Monday

me time

It’s time to take some time for you. Trust me, you deserve it! I know what you’re thinking – what does a week of me have to do with organizing my house? Everything! As I’ve mentioned a couple of times on Instagram, you can’t pour from an empty cup. If you’re not taking care of yourself, you can’t take care of others or your home. I’ve included the entire week on each day so you know what’s coming up ahead!

TODAY- Purge: unsubscribe from unwanted emails. Take a look at the last week of emails and see if there are any you can unsubscribe from using the link at the bottom of the email.

Tuesday – Clean: tackle one project you’ve put off. For me, it’s a quick sweep of bathroom baseboards! Make it a small project like wiping out just the door of the frig or putting some baking soda and vinegar down the garbage disposal.

Wednesday – Donate: find 3 things in your closet to donate and add it to your donation box. Bonus points if you donate it today!

Thursday – Energize: take a 20 minute walk, get some fresh air.

Friday – Self-care: take care of yourself by drawing a bath, doing a face mask, getting a pedicure (or all of the above!)

Saturday– Digital detox: take a night off from all screens. Maybe try to include the entire family!

Sunday – Health: make a healthy meal.