The holidays are meant to be time spent with family and friends wrapped up in good food, good times, and good memories.
While that might the ideal, we all know that’s not always the case.
For most people, the holidays are usually filled with frustration, stress, and general unhappiness. In fact, many of us don’t watch the calendar to see how many days are left until the presents are opened; instead, we count down how many days are left until the holiday season is over!
Pro Organizers Best Tips
At NAPO Houston, we believe that the holiday season doesn’t have to be a stressful time for you or your family. That’s why we’ve rounded up a few of our pro organizers to share their best tips for holiday happiness. With these tips, you’ll be able to have more ho-ho-ho and less bah-humbug for the season:
Give Clutter-free Gifts. Give gifts that don’t have to be displayed or take up valuable storage space. Here are some suggestions: movie passes, spa or salon gift certificates, babysit for a busy mom, cook dinner for a friend, gift certificates for services that simplify and improve life, i.e., maid, personal shopper, Professional Organizer, personal trainer, etc. Our time is the most precious gift we could give.
~ Contributed by Neitra Blair, Organizing Lifestyles
Plan Ahead. Planning ahead is the key to staying organized and relaxed during the holidays. It can also save you time and money in the long run.
- Create a master to-do list of everything you need to do during the holiday season. Include things like gift shopping, sending out holiday cards, putting up decorations, etc.
- Create a holiday calendar. Start with a blank calendar and write out all holiday-specific activities, vacations, volunteer commitments, etc.
- Meal prep for parties, and keep extra ingredients for staple dishes in the house, just in case you get invited to something last minute.
- Have extra gifts on hand, just in case. If you don’t end up needing them, donate!
~ Contributed by Amy Vance, EcoModern Concierge
Know Your Holiday Priorities. What is most important to you over the next few weeks? Family, faith, giving back? Determine early on what your priorities are and then filter all your activities through that. If any activity or event doesn’t align with what is most important to you, then know it probably wasn’t meant to be.
~ Contributed by Liana George, By George Organizing Solutions
Declutter Your Decorations + Have Fun! Host a tea or lunch where everyone brings a treat to share along with holiday decorations they no longer use. Have a small gift for a door prize and the winner of the gift also takes the donations to a worthy cause.
~ Contributed by Joanna Laws, Smooth Transitions Kingwood/N Houston
Store smart. Instead of keeping ornaments in the boxes they come in, I wrap them in tissue paper and put them in gallon zip lock bags with general categories like “Always Hang These” and “Dated Ornaments.” They are easier to store, and I don’t have to hunt down the box for each ornament. Plus, if I have limited tree space, I just use the “Always Hang These” ornaments.
~ Contributed by Tiffany Mensing, Space & Serenity – Calm Through Organization
Make gift wrapping easy. Simplify your holiday wrapping decisions by stocking up on just one all-occasion, year-round paper, and then vary your ribbons for fun. For me, it’s always “Brown paper packages tied up with string” using inexpensive brown craft paper…my signature wrap!
~ Contributed by Suzanne Langford, Re-Vision It!