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!
Laura Wittmann, Organizing Junkie
My #1 Tip for a Stress-Free Holiday Season: Reducing stress during the holiday season all comes down to some advanced planning.
My goal is always to get as much done as I possibly can in November so that by the time December is here I can just relax and savor the season with my family.
Advance tasks include getting the gifts purchased, Christmas cards done and the cleaning and organizing out of the way to name a few. I also don’t feel any guilt about letting go of the things I don’t enjoy doing like baking. Instead most of my Christmas baking is of the no bake variety and nobody seems to even notice.
So get out your calendar now and consider what you can reasonably get done in the next couple of weeks. For less Christmas chaos, consider what you can eliminate from your list in order to leave some much needed breathing space in your schedule. If you need some help with this, please check out my Organized for Christmas series where I help you simplify the season by breaking down tasks into manageable bites.
Merry Christmas everyone!