3 Ways to Survive the Holidays with Style and Sanity

It’s that time of the year again! Music plays in the stores, trees are up on the corners and the cold air seems to mock the fact that you haven’t even cleaned up from the summer months much less prepared for the Christmas season. But you can get there fast and stress free at least!

Make Lists

Everyone loves to make a list for the Santas in her life, so start there. Make a list of the things you want for Christmas so you have a few ready ideas when people start asking. But then get serious with some real lists. Make a list of what you want to get for others. Make a list of things you need to do around the house. Make a list of the various obligations you’re expecting this season and get them on the calendar now. Having lists and calendars gives your brain less remembering to do, and things are more likely to get done.

Get Started Now

Have a lunch break? Start shopping now! Stores (as you’ve probably noticed) are already pushing holiday sales and bargains, you just need to take advantage of them. Get shopping using your lists and then, as those big boxes start arriving toss them in the closet and cross another item off the list of things to do. You’ll be done with the chores before you know it.

Save Time for Fun

The holidays should be fun, not stressful. Planning ahead and taking care of the jobs of the holidays ahead of time gives you more opportunities to take advantage of the joy of the season. Now when you get your tree up, you’ll be able to wrap presents immediately and get them under the tree – they’ll be waiting in the closet, after all!