The holidays can be an especially hectic time full of business and commotion. There are parties to attend and people to visit and shopping to do and decorations to put up and food to cook and presents to wrap. Knowing how to prepare (organize) for the holidays can really help out so that you feel more at ease and better able to enjoy family and friends without worrying too much about a list of tasks. Staying organized during the hectic holiday months can be tricky, but it can be done and it can be worth the effort.
Hosting a party at your own house can be especially memorable but also potentially stressful. It may be tempting to really go all out in an attempt to throw the party of the year, but there’s no reason you can’t keep things simple and still have a great party. Take some time to plan out the menu and don’t be afraid to delegate menu items on to others. Especially if you’re inviting family members over, they should be happy to bring a side dish or dessert to the party. Consider using holiday paper plates instead of having to worry about cleaning endless dishes after all the guests have left.
Before the holidays arrive, do a good deep cleaning of your home with every member of your family taking on different tasks. Make a thorough list of all the chores that need to be done and tackle them one by one before things get too busy so that you aren’t worried about doing a full house cleaning the day of a party or before visitors come to stay.
Invitations to parties can pile up and you and your family likely have a list of activities you’d like to enjoy together during the holiday season. Take the time to write up a brief schedule or write down each even on a calendar so you can keep track of all your options and prioritize parties accordingly. It’s hard to coordinate schedules with others, especially if in-laws or extended family is in town and there are many people to please. Don’t be afraid to decline some events so that you have time for the outings that mean the most to you and your family.
Traveling can be really hectic so take care of many aspects of traveling well ahead of time. Get your car inspected and set up pet sitters in advance. Make a list of all the items that need to be packed for each family member to ensure you don’t leave anything behind.