12 Easy Tips to Get Organized for the Holidays #12 Plan Ahead
I know that this will probably make a lot of readers say, “duh!” but I can’t emphasize the importance of planning ahead enough. The saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Many stressful holidays begin with a failure to plan ahead and get things done when all the “crazies” aren’t out and about. So, this year start by planning out what you need to do for the holidays. This most often starts with a two shopping lists. First, if you are hosting any of the holidays at your home, or need to bring a dish to family, start planning your menu, and begin grocery shopping. Buying things ahead of time will ensure you get what you need, and also allows you to pick things up when you have time. Rather than running around at the last minute, going to several stores, because everyone is out of stuffing.
Next start a present shopping list. Plan whom you need to buy for, what your price range is, etc. Get started on holiday shopping right away. This year, many stores are already giving customers their “Black Friday” sales, as they are trying to jumpstart their sales. So get out there and get this years “it” item before everyone else does. I, personally, get shopping done throughout the year. It spreads the cost of the holidays over several months, and allows me to find just the right present for everyone if I am always looking to shop for the holidays.
Finally, make a wish list. Not for presents, but for things you’ve always wanted to do during the holiday season, but never have had time. You could visit a local light display, or make a gingerbread house. This is your year! When you see what you are giving up by not planning ahead, that will motivate you to get going!