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Getting Organized for the Holidays

The holidays are almost here. Not only is is the perfect time of year to get organized, but with the holidays can bring a lot of clutter and stress. What can you do now so you can have your least stressful holiday season yet?  

Spend some time cleaning out the most cluttered places in your home before anything else. Clear the spaces that stress you out the most so you can start off less stressed, and minimize the clutter before more comes in.


We often switch our wardrobe this time of year, now is a perfect time to clean out your closet. It is also a great time of year to donate, find organizations that you care about and see what they need this holiday season.


Pick a space to “manage” your holiday items. Whether it’s for card writing, present wrapping, list making, etc. have a place (or a couple of places) that will be your holiday space.


Keep your holiday items together - year round. And most importantly, label your boxes, know what you have so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every year.


Make a list. Don’t shop without purpose, know what you are looking for and see if you can minimize trips by finding more at less stores. Of course, there is always online shopping from the comfort of your couch!


If your time is limited and you are at stores, get everything gift wrapped in store. Make sure you note what is in the boxes, but it will save you time, and many stores offer free gift wrapping, now you even save money on wrapping paper!


The clean up after the holidays can also be stressful. Go through your things mindfully, are there things you didn’t use that you may not need to keep anymore? Go through everything before you put it away. Make sure you label your boxes as you pack away the holiday items and keep it all together (if you can). Make sure it’s accessible, but doesn’t need to be at the front since you won’t need those items again until next year!


Take it slow, and take the time to prepare before diving into the holidays!


Good luck!