Day 1 of Holiday Organizing: invasion of the guests! Now is time to organize your guest room/space. Do you need new sheets or pillows? Have a closet you need to get cleared out? Need to make room for more people at the table? Making sure your guests are comfortable will not only make them feel at home but will give you one less things to stress about!
Day 2 of Holiday Organizing: No, get comfortable with saying it! As opposed to running around like a crazy person, only say yes to events you actually WANT to go to. This way you'll actually enjoy the ones you go to and not be exhausted on January 2nd.
Day 3 of Holiday Organizing: I'm always an advocate for family calendars but this time of year they are even more important. Keep it updated, go over it regularly and don't forget to make time for relaxing!
Day 4 of Holiday Organizing: if people offer to help, don't be a hero. Say yes! If you have guests over to your house always start with a clean dishwasher. When you say yes to help (like doing the dishes), their generosity will be made easier too!
Day 5 of Holiday Organizing: Set yourself up for wrapping success! Whether it's in a fancy wrapping station or just a plain ole' tote, make sure you have all the accessories you need to get the job done. When everything is all together it makes life much easier!
Day 6 of Holiday Organizing: Whether it's a meal for 2 or 20, this time of year your oven earns it keep. When your doing a lot of cooking, make yourself a list of dishes, temps, start times and cook times. You'll know what needs to go in when and what dishes can share space!
Day 7 of Holiday Organizing: Want to get your house guest ready? Do a little decluttering every day...even 5 minutes can make a huge difference! Small bits of work can add up to a huge difference.
Day 8 of Holiday Organizing: Make a list...and only ONE list! That's right, create one spreadsheet for card addresses and gift giving to be used year after year. No need to recreate the wheel every year!
Day 9 of Holiday Organizing: If your a baker, take stock of that pantry! Check your basics (flour, sugar, vanilla), make sure your spices haven't expired and that your baking equipment is in good working order!
Day 10 of Holiday Organizing: As opposed to giving a non-specific/impersonal gift this year, here's a simple tip: ask! Don't add to the clutter in someone's house. If you don't feel comfortable asking what they'd like, consider a perishable gift (food or flowers) or an offer of help (watch the kids, cooking dinner, help decorating) or the gift of an activity (girls night out, movies, etc.)
Day 11 of Holiday Organizing: Make sure your clothes are ready to go! Does something need to be mended? Or do you need a new outfit for your choir performance? Did the kids out grow their church clothes last year? Make a list of all repairs and purchases and start attacking it now!
Day 12 of Holiday Organizing: It's the last day and I feel like this is the important tip! If you start to feel overwhelmed or annoyed or feeling lost, remember why you celebrate this time of year. Maybe it's for religious reasons or to see your kids smile or to give to someone less fortunate. When you feel yourself going off the rails, step back and remember the reason so you can get back to enjoying!