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Jingle All the Way to an Organized Holiday Season: Your Guide to Getting Holiday-Ready

Your Guide to Getting Holiday-Ready

Written by Melanie McConnell as part of our blog posting collaboration

Getting organized for the holidays can help you reduce stress and make the most of this festive season. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to get organized for the holidays:

1. Set Clear Goals: 

Start by defining what you want to achieve during the holiday season. It could be anything from hosting a memorable family gathering to enjoying a more relaxed holiday season.

2. Create a Holiday Calendar: 

List all the important dates, including family gatherings, parties, and special events. Having a visual calendar will help you plan and allocate time for different activities.

3. Make To-Do Lists:

Create to-do lists for tasks such as shopping, decorating, meal planning, and gift wrapping. Breaking down tasks into manageable steps can make them less overwhelming.

4. Budget Wisely:

Determine your holiday budget and stick to it. Make a list of all expected expenses, including gifts, decorations, and food. Avoid overspending by planning ahead.

5. Start Early: 

Don't wait until the last minute to tackle holiday tasks. Begin your preparations well in advance, such as shopping for gifts throughout the year and starting your decorating early.

6. Declutter and Organize: 

Before you start decorating, consider decluttering and organizing your home. Clear out unnecessary items to make space for decorations and guests.

7. Delegate Tasks: 

Don't be afraid to ask for help. Assign specific tasks to family members or enlist the help of friends to lighten your workload.

8. Plan Your Meals:

Create a menu for holiday meals and make a shopping list. Consider making some dishes in advance and freezing them to save time on the day of the event.

9. Shop Strategically:

Avoid crowded malls and last-minute rushes by doing your holiday shopping early. Online shopping can also be a convenient option.

10. Wrap Gifts as You Go:

Wrap gifts as soon as you purchase them to prevent a last-minute wrapping marathon.

11. Keep an Organized Gift List:

Maintain a list of all the gifts you've purchased, who they are for, and their status (wrapped or not). This will help you avoid oversights.

12. Plan Decorations:

Decide on your holiday decorating theme and gather all necessary decorations in one place. Organize them by room or area to simplify the decorating process.

13. Prioritize Self-Care:

Don't forget to take care of yourself during the holidays. Make time for relaxation, exercise, and rest to recharge your energy.

14. Stay Flexible:

While it's important to have a plan, be flexible and adaptable. Unexpected changes or delays can happen during the holiday season.

15. Enjoy the Moments:

Remember that the holidays are about spending quality time with loved ones. Don't get so caught up in the details that you forget to savor the special moments.

16. Reflect and Celebrate:

After the holidays, take time to reflect on what went well and what you'd like to improve for the next year. Celebrate your accomplishments and cherish the memories made.

By following these steps and staying organized, you can create a more joyful and stress-free holiday season, allowing you to focus on what truly matters – spending time with family and friends.

Melanie McConnell is a Professional Organizer and the owner of Mello Spaces. A former elementary school teacher and a mom of 2 under 2 she helps families get organized. Check out her website and follow her on Instagram: @mellospaces

Florena Davies is a Professional Organizer and Owner of Organize by Flo. She helps individuals and families of all kinds achieve their organizational goals and create spaces that reflect their unique needs and lifestyles. Check out her website at and on instagram @organizebyflo.

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