With the Holidays fast approaching, are you starting to feel overwhelmed? As exciting as this time of year can be, having two Holidays somewhat close to each other can be a bit overwhelming. What are some things you can do to help ease the stress and make it an enjoyable Holiday season?
Check out these tips below and see if you can apply them to your life and your family. Perhaps they can help ease the stress during this next season.
- Gather ALL your credit cards and see what your total amount of debt is. Then put yourself on a budget when it comes to your gift shopping. The last thing you need to do is get much deeper into debt.
- Get off mailing lists and magazine subscriptions. No need to get tempted by those great Christmas decoration ideas. For those magazines that will take a few months to get off their list, just toss them in recycling before you ever get in the house. Don’t even say that you’ll just browse.
- While doing your gift shopping, refrain from making purchases for yourself. If by chance you see something you cannot pass, then make that purchase and bring it into your home with the understanding that you need to donate or give away two items. So for every item you purchase, you will remove two from your home.
- Take out your calendar now and block off time for relaxing, spending time with the kids, spending time with your spouse, visiting family or even reading a book. This way if you block that time on your calendar, you will not be tempted to sign up for every outside activity that will come your way. Are you one that seems to get sick during every Holiday season because you are run down? Don’t allow that to happen this year.
- Make a deal with each family member that you will decide as a family what Holiday events you will attend. Put a limit on the number. This could be a fun project for the whole family by doing it all together. Could be an adventure.
- Limit your evening TV. This can be hard because there are Thanksgiving or Christmas movies and old time shows. But you can decide as a family what you will watch and when the TV gets shut off. Spend time together enjoying each other. Maybe even playing some board games.
- Pick a weekend day when you can go into your basement or attic and do some purging. Perhaps you have some household items that haven’t been used in a while and truly are no longer need. Consider giving them to someone you know who has a need for it or donate it to an organization that helps the homeless or domestic violence woman and children. It really makes your heart feel good when you do things such as this.
- Check the food you have in your freezer before you venture to the grocery store for your Holiday cooking. I cannot tell you how many seniors I help downsize and when it comes to cleaning out the refrigerator or especially the freezer, there is food that is so old it has freezer burn and is unidentifiable. Make a list of what is in your freezer and consider making recipes with those items.
So I hope these 8 tips or suggestions can help lighten this Holiday Season for you. If trying to simplify your days seems overwhelming, consider hiring a Professional Organizer to guide you in this process and help get you to your desired goals. I’d be honored to help you!
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