The baking. The cards. The shopping. The wrapping. The work parties. The decorating. THE STRESS. Oh my. What has happened? When exactly did the holiday season morph from a string of happy and festive weeks into a crazy Super-Sized list of tasks that seem to overshadow the true meaning of the season?
It really doesn't have to be this way.
This year, more than ever, my mission is to bring back the joy and banish stress during the holiday season. I started my crusade this month by offering tips for simplifying the holidays and planning your holiday as part of the Organize and Refine Your Home Challenge.
I went a step further and asked 15 organizing experts from around the blogosphere to weigh in on this question:
What's your #1 organizing tip to help reduce stress during the holiday season?
Because, let's face it. I'm not the only one who has wisdom to share on the subject! So grab a favorite beverage, get comfy, and check out what these wise bloggers have to say when it comes to how to have a stress-free holiday season!
Autumn Leopold, Autumn Leopold.com
My #1 Tip for a Stress-Free Holiday Season: The biggest way I reduce stress during the holidays is by delegating.
If we have family in town or guests coming for dinner, I give them tasks to do I know they are already good at. For example, my in-laws make a wonderful Turkey at Thanksgiving, my mother in law makes an amazing brisket at for New Year’s Day, my step-mother makes a dreamy lemon dessert and tasty apple pie, and the men are great at getting the extra tables and chairs set up.
So during my holiday planning I first make a list of what everyone is naturally good at and enjoys doing and then I simply give them that task and it frees me up to get other things done.”