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!
Crystal Barton, Happily Ever Uncluttered
My #1 Tip for a Stress-Free Holiday Season: My number one organizing tip during the holiday season is to start early. The earlier you start, the less you will have to deal with all at once.
Some things you can do early to help alleviate some holiday stress might be:
- Make your holiday shopping list early so you can be on the look out for the items when you see them.
- Make your menu for dinner so you can being to shop for the ingredients.
- Do you already have presents tucked away in your closet? Got some time to spare? Why not go ahead and wrap them up?
- There are some side dishes and desserts that can be made then frozen. You can go ahead and make some items up.
The holidays are a time to come together with friends and family, not a time for stress. By planning early you are able to eliminate the stress you may have felt if you waited until the last minute to do everything.
If you are looking for more organizing ideas, I would love for you to visit my site at Happily Ever Uncluttered.