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This time of year is very stressful. Between sending out Holiday cards and getting gifts for everyone, it can be quite a ride. But it doesn't have to be that way. As I was making the task lists for the holidays, I realized I wanted to be able to stop, enjoy the season, and smell the poinsettia! So, I went on a mission to find out how to make the holidays less stressful. Here are six solutions I discovered that benefited me this time of year.
Spend time with family and friends
Spend time with your family and friends, even if you are shopping for other family members. Make a day of it. Go out to lunch. It is so much fun being able to shop for gifts with others in your life.
Organize the car
Organize your car. Get rid of all trash. Check your emergency car kit items to make sure there is everything you need for when there is an emergency. If you are going on a long car ride, organize the driver’s seat area with items that you need and use. Install a backseat car organizer for your passengers, A.K.A., and your kids. And get a wastebasket to hang on the backseat. This will reduce the amount of clutter that will accumulate over the busy holiday season.
Prepare your family trip destination
Prepare your family trip destination paperwork. Find a spot for your tickets, travel plans, directions, passports, etc… so they are all in one place and easily accessible. A clear plastic folder with a closed lid works nicely. Label the front of the folder with the destination. Visit our 7 EASY TIPS FOR PACKING FOR LONG TRIPS post.
Create lots of lists
Create Lists, Lists, Lists… Make a list of needed items for each member of the family when traveling overnight. Be sure to be detailed, such as five pairs of pants, two jackets, one book, etc… This list can be reused over and over for future vacations. Visit our Ultimate Cruise Packing list if you are going on a cruise.
Group your gifts by events
Some examples could be Bob’s party, Joanie’s class party, the in-law's Christmas Eve party, and the Christmas Day family gathering. Check out how I organize my DIY wrapping paper station, or make your own using our What to Keep in a wrapping paper station post.
Add events to the calendar!
Mark your calendar with different tasks that need to be done. For example, 12/15/20__—decorate the tree, 12/19/20__—buy food for Christmas Eve, 12/26/20__-buy food for New Year's Eve, 12/14/20__-decorate the front yard. Be specific and schedule time (two or three hours time slots) for everything that helps bring to the forefront what is pressing and what can wait. Share these events with family members and friends. If you want to send an invite to them, you can always try doing it online. We like to use Facebook Events in private mode for our family gatherings. It works well, and the host can make comments and get input from others.
I hope these tips help you and your family have less stress and more joy this holiday season! Please share your tips below to make your holidays less stressful. I would love to hear from you.
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