Well, the weather may not have turned chilly yet, but that doesn’t mean the Holidays aren’t right around the corner. And while you plan for that tasty turkey (or tufurkey for some of us), now is a great time to think about how to get the most out of your holiday organizing. What is holiday organizing, you ask? It’s anything you do to make your holiday season go by as smooth, stress-free, and fun as possible so that you can focus on the people in your life that matter most.
Tips for Holiday Organizing
We may not have our lights up yet, but department stores have had their Christmas and Chanukah displays up since before Halloween! Maybe they’re onto something. Start thinking now about the great clutter-free gifts you can give to your friends and family to avoid rushing around in December. Check out our blog on Clutter Free Gift Ideas for inspiration.
Think Outside the Gift Box
Sometimes the best gifts that we can give others are not things at all. Consider giving of your time. If you can’t be near the person you are giving to, volunteer or donate to an organization that supports a cause close to their heart.
Get the Whole Family Involved
Kids are great. They are tiny little gift-making machines. Have the kids spend some time making art projects for family and writing stories to go with them. Or, have the kids help you pick out pictures to use in a personalized photo calendar or photo book. These are clutter-free gifts that really mean a lot to family.
Make a Schedule
I know, it’s not fun and fancy, but having a schedule can be a lifesaver during the chaos of the holiday season. Carve out 20 minutes a week to plan out which errands you can accomplish. Be strategic and harness your inner Professional Organizer. If a store has a gift you need and it’s right by your dentist office, plan to pick up that gift before your appointment, even if it is only halfway through November.
Ask for Help
Don’t feel that you have to accomplish it all. Have the kids help with chores they are able to do, have your spouse run some errands on their way home from work, or call a Professional Organizer to help tackle some of those projects that are too overwhelming to do alone but need to get done before your out-of-town family arrives.