staying organized for the holidays
If you’re a mother, or even an adult, you know that the holidays can be super hectic. They shouldn’t have to be!
The holidays are a time where friends and family come together and celebrate what is most important to them. It’s easy to get caught up in the parties, the presents, and the planning. There’s that work party that you can’t get out of. You’ve got that Christmas party with the neighbors down the street. And don’t forget the presents you need to make and wrap for your children’s friends. How do you keep track of it all?!
Keep a calendar: Whether it’s on your phone or in an actual day planner, you need to have your schedule with you at all times. It’s easy to double or triple-book yourself in December. Everyone’s having a party and everyone’s inviting you. Make sure you can be the life of the party by checking the schedule before you commit.
Have extra gifts on hand: To some, it may seem tacky to have generic gifts to give those extra friends. To keep things special, create something homemade like clay ornaments, or letter-pressed stationery stamped by you. Keep them wrapped and ready to give if/when you forget to pick something up for that friend at work.
Make treats in bulk: Two years ago, I decided to make toffee for a few neighbors and friends. Word spread, and other neighbors were hoping to get some of the toffee. So I’d make another batch. And another. And another. If you are planning to make your special homemade peppermint bark, or your famous caramel popcorn, make it in large quantities. Spend a Saturday afternoon baking your heart out in the kitchen. Package them in small tins or decorated brown bags and deliver them to everyone on the block. It will save you a lot of heartache. It will also save you a lot of trips to the grocery store.
Carve out some time for your family: December is by far the busiest month of the year. Make sure you are spending time with those that mean the most to you. Designate one night a week to start a new tradition with your loved ones. Do whatever it takes to ensure this holiday season is a memorable one!
Do you have any tips or tricks for staying calm during the holiday madness?