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5 Easy Ways to Prepare for the Holidays

December 9th, 2013 6:40 pm by

♫ It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  

While the song may indicate that it is the most wonderful time of year, for others it is a stress that seems to build the closer we get to the big date.  So how does one try and alleviate the stress that the holiday season seems to bring?  One word – PLAN!  Here are 5 helpful tips to get you on the track to a stress-free holiday season!

Gift List/Management

Create a master gift list.  Start by using categories (family, in-laws, friends, etc.).  You may not have every detail filled in, but at least make sure you list everyone you’ll need to buy for, and think about what they’d like. In addition, include a budget.  This can be simply created with pen and paper or by using a great app called The Christmas List.

Savvy Shopping

While it’s easy to blow a budget by picking things up here and there, there is something to be said about getting your shopping done early.  Stores are revving up the holiday rush and everyone seems to have some kind of sale on.  Just remember to stick to your gift list/budget that you have already created and fill in that list as you purchase gifts.  As you purchase gifts – wrap them!

Home Decorating

When you take out your decorations, toss any broken decorations.  There’s no point in keeping a broken decoration if you are not going to set it out.  This is also a great time to make the decision to update any decorations you have.  If you choose to update, ensure you follow the, “out with the old, in with the new’ rule of thumb.  Ensure any new decorations you purchase can be stored after the holidays.  Those great inflatable polar bears, Santa’s, etc. are cute however; you will need to store them for the other 11 months of the year!

Entertaining

If you are planning on doing any entertaining throughout the holiday season (including hosting Christmas dinner) ensure you know what you’ll be cooking.  Start a master grocery list and be sure to include what family members will be bringing.  If there is any baking that can be done ahead of time, get it done and freeze it.

Backwards Plan

Christmas falls on the same day – every year.  To prevent any unnecessary rushing, plan backwards from December 25th.  Do not book any shopping on Dec. 24th (unless you love to spend hours looking for the coveted parking spot at the mall).  Set goals for yourself (All of my shopping is going to get done by Dec. 12th, all of the baking is going to be done by Dec. 18th, etc.).  The quote by Allen Lakein is so very true at this time of year,“Failing to plan is planning to fail.”

Here’s to enjoying your family and friends this holiday season!

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The following guest blog post was written by Sheri Bruneau, owner of Get It Together. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Get It Together started helping Calgarians live easier, less stressed lives, giving back their freedom to focus on the things most important to them. Lead by Sheri Bruneau, owner and president of Get It Together (GIT), the entire GIT team works with an unparalleled level of professionalism and passion for details, organization, and making people’s lives easier. The GIT team brings a wealth of expertise, working with you to make sure that you are left with an outstanding experience, lessened stress, and an easy transition into your new home…and life.