Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Holiday Planning Tips @Storkie

It is hard to believe that the holiday season is just around the corner.  Before long, there will be the hustle and bustle of the season.  Decorating the house, getting the outdoor lights hung, baking all sorts of delicious food and treats, dealing with crowds at the stores, shopping for the perfect gifts, gift wrapping and attending holiday functions and parties will pile on to the everyday tasks, adding a tremendous amount of stress for most people.   Unfortunately, the stress of the season can take out the enjoyment of the season.  For that reason, I try to avoid as much stress as possible so that I can savor every moment of the holidays.

I thought I would share a few of my holiday planning tips with my readers so that you, too, can enjoy the holiday season:
  1. Make a checklist of everyone you will be buying for.  Keep it in your purse and as you pick something up for them, mark their name off the list.  I like to add what I purchased as well.
  2. Shop in advance.  I keep my eyes open all year long and pick up gifts for my children and others as I see them.  Yes, there are some things that you won’t be able to get until before the holidays, but there are many people you can buy for in advance, such as co-workers, acquaintances, teachers, etcetera.
  3. Have your children work on teachers gifts NOW.  Don’t wait till December—before you know it, it is the last day of school before break and you are scrambling to have your child make something for the teacher or are running to the store to purchase something.
  4. Have your children work on presents for relatives now, too.  If you are like my family, the children enjoy making presents for grandparents, parents, cousins and even friends.  Get them started on it early so they are done.
  5. Involved the entire family in cleaning the house.  Even small children can complete certain tasks to help.  Make weekly assignments for older children to clean certain areas of the house, freeing up time for you to do other tasks.
  6. Involve the entire family in decorating and baking.  Mom doesn't need to do it all!
  7. Designate a wrapping station in your house.  This might be in the basement or spare bedroom.  Stock it with scissors, tape, tissue paper, name tags, bows, gift bags and wrapping paper.  If you don’t have a space, consider an under-the-bed box containing the supplies.  Having a station can save you a lot of time going through the house to find what you need.
  8. Prioritize in lists.  Not everything must be done.  Figure out what is the most important and have it at the top of the list.  Remind yourself that things at the bottom are not that important if you run out of time.
  9. Stop.  Yes, stop.  Remember to take time to stop, breathe and enjoy.  Take 10 minutes daily to relax and focus on your breathing.  This can help you to think more clearly and be more organized.
  10. Why wait till December to work on your Christmas cards?  Most people know now who they will be sending cards.  Compile your list, check addresses and get your cards ordered now.  You can have them signed, addressed, stamped and ready to mail when December comes.  You may want to check out Storkie Christmas cards They have a wide selection of personalized holiday cards with quick turnaround time.  Whether you want traditional cards or photo cards, you are sure to find something you like there.  They also offer photo magnet Christmas cards, which I have not seen before.

I hope these tips help you have a more enjoyable holiday season!

Disclosure:  I wrote this blog post while participating in the Storkie holiday blogging program. I received compensation for my participation. All opinions are 100% mine.

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