Christmas is about spending time with the ones you love and enjoying yourself, and for the most part, it is. However, there are also stressful moments during the holidays, especially if you already have a busy schedule and have to try and fit in an opportunity to do the Christmas shopping, attend parties, and prepare your house for guests; or travel to see relatives over the holidays. Stress shouldn’t spoil your festive cheer, so here are some tips for keeping organized to make it easier for you.
Shop in Advance
It can be easy to end up panickingabout buying gifts last minute as the weeks fly by, and this can result in you struggling to find suitable presents with what is left on the shelves, or running the risk of your gifts not arriving in time for Christmas in the mail. This is why you should start doing your gift-buying in November, ideally having it all finished a week or two before Christmas. If you do end up having to send gifts with only a week or a few days to go, look at advertising your delivery on a website for hot shot trucking. This refers to a form of delivery that is time-sensitive, and a lot of delivery drivers are happy to take on the extra work. This might be more reliable than using a big courier service that already has a big demand at this time of year.
Don’t Say Yes to Every Social Event that You’re Invited to
It can be hard to say no to people when you are invited out for dinner, drinks, or to their house for a Christmas party. While it’s nice to get involved in these events to celebrate this time of year, you can soon find your social calendar is overwhelmed. It is important to set aside time for yourself during this period, not only to do what you have to at home to prepare for the holidays, but to have some time to relax so that you don’t end up exhausting yourself. This is why it is worthsaying no to the events that you wouldn’t be bothered that you missed if you can see your schedule getting busier and busier.
Cook in Advance
You won’t be able to precook everything you plan to serve for Christmas dinner, but for any dishes that you can prepare in advance, it is worth doing this. If you’re serving pies or desserts that can be frozen, side dishes, and so on—if you can cook these in the week running up to Christmas, then do so. No one wants to spend all of Christmas Day in the kitchen, so save yourself some time by doing this. You should also recruit a few happy helpers from the family to assist you with the cooking on the day!
Cleaning and/or Packing
If you are hosting loved ones at your home this year, you will need to prepare for their arrival by cleaning the house, putting fresh linens on the beds, and organizing sleeping arrangements. Try to break down these chores by doing a little bit each day in the week before their arrival, and then it will just be a quick vacuum on the day, which will be much easier. If you are visiting someone else’s home, start packing your belongings in the week before and write down a list of everything you need, so that you don’t forget anything important!
If you love Christmas but find that you get stressed out every year during this time, use these tips to help you be more organized and calm.