‘Tis the season for chaos, gifts, holiday cheer and headaches! It all happens within the blink of an eye and wrapped in a pretty bow made of receipts and leftover ribbon. One thing I have learned and ensure I implement every year: s t a y o r g a n i z e d. It’s not hard for someone like me since I obsess over lists on the daily but during the holidays, I stay organized with more than just lists (or least with a few of them). See how we here at amodachic stay sane for the holidays and don’t forget to share with us some of your tips too ;).
Stay chic meninas.
Gift , Wish + Budget List
I always write down every single person I need to buy for plus their wish or something I know they will like plus the budget I have allocated for their gift. This helps me not only stay in budget but ensures that I do not miss anyone (yikes!)
Christmas Card List
Although not everyone will receive a gift this Christmas, I like to send out or hand deliver personalized Christmas cards to certain family members and friends. I always write down a list of people who will receive a card (if they are not on the gift list) and I follow up with the post office to see WHEN I should have my cards in if I want them to receive it by a certain date.
Plan a Shopping Day or Two
I actually book off a day or two from work to get my holiday shopping done. This allows me to not only take advantage of a less chaotic shopping experience, but makes me feel comfortable and stress free having a full day to do all my running around. I even grab a bite and a glass of vino for lunch at the restaurant bar and enjoy the experience to the fullest 😉
Plan a Wrapping Date + Organize a Station
So now that your home looks like Santa’s workshop, those gifts unfortunately won’t wrap themselves. I pick a day , perhaps a Sunday morning while having some Kahlua hot chocolate and wrap away. I set up a small station that has everything I need and turn into the wrapping machine that I am!
Don’t Stress Over Small Stuff
Try to remain positive and as stress free as possible during the holiday season. If online shopping is something you are up for, try doing as much shopping as you can online and then make a list of what you need to purchase in person.
Although it is one of the busiest times of the year, don’t stress over the small stuff. Someone stole your parking spot? Let them have it. Couldn’t find that “must have” gift for your niece and nephew? There are 1091209 other toys, clothes and unique things you can get.by