It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year! Before the last minute holiday rush is upon you, it’s time to gather your thoughts and your to do’s and get organized for the holiday season. A little prep (and our free set of holiday organization printables) can go a long way in keeping you organized this year.
Before your holiday rush begins as we countdown to Christmas let’s take some time to sit down, grab a cup of coffee, and brainstorm everything you need to do for the holiday season.
Holiday Organization Printables
Holiday Organization – Prepping Your Holiday Season
- Write down appointments & events – First thing’s first, mark your calendar or planner with every important event, appointment, or deadline over the holiday season. Family photoshoot, school parties, neighborhood events – get everything down in writing to prevent yourself from over-scheduling or missing something important.
- Schedule your holiday “bucket list” items – This is also a good time to set dates for your holiday “bucket list” items – if you want to make sure to bring your kids to see that special holiday light display, go caroling, or visit the ice skating rink, find an opening on your calendar and write it down. That way, you won’t end up running out of time and missing out on creating that special holiday memory.
- Make a gift list – Make yourself a list and check it twice! List out everyone you need to buy a gift for this year. That includes family, friends, teachers, your favorite UPS driver, etc. I like to note if I have any special or unique ideas for a particular person’s gift. Sometimes when you come down to the wire you need some inspiration! You can log each gift on your list as you make purchases. Bring your gift list with you each time you go shopping for guidance. We’ve got a free printable gift list for you here.
- Make a cleaning plan – If you are the lucky host of your family’s holiday meal, make a plan of attack for how you will get your house ready far in advance. First, I “brain dump” everything I need to clean in my house out onto paper. You can use our free holiday to do list here. What can be done a week or two in advance (washing and changing guest sheets)? What needs to be done the day before (vacuuming and cleaning the toilets)? Cleaning in bits and pieces is much more manageable than trying to clean the entire house top to bottom in a single day.
- Think about food – Set your menu a week or two in advance. This is a great time to 1) consider your guests’ special food needs (do you need any vegetarian options? gluten-free? nut-free?), and 2) ask for help! It’s totally okay to ask your guests if they’d like to bring a dip, dessert, or a side dish. No shame in your holiday game in doing that. Write out your menu and see what you might need help with. Then plan your grocery list accordingly. We have free printables for your holiday menu and your grocery list!
- Have some cocoa – I know sometimes it’s hard to relax during the holiday season. You’re traveling, wrapping, cooking, dealing with off-schedule kiddos (who always seem to get sick during this time of year!)…it gets stressful! Give yourself some grace and a cup of hot cocoa and don’t forget to relax. Your home and your Christmas dinner don’t have to be Pinterest-perfect. Enjoy this time with your loved ones and experience the joy and magic of the season!
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What’s your biggest challenge during the holiday season?