Get Organized to Get Through the Holidays

By Michele Morgan

Whether you're ready or not, the holiday season is almost at your doorstep. There are already costumes to design or purchase and bags of candy to shop for; and soon there will be delicious meals to prepare, unique presents to buy, parties to attend and finally, New Year’s resolutions to make.

But let’s face it, the holidays can be stressful. With a little planning and organization, though,  you and yours will be able to enjoy the fun-filled festivities as one big happy family. Stay in the spirit with these easy organizing steps from Activity Rocket friend “The Organized Mom, ” Michele Morgan

Plan ahead: The first step is to plan ahead. Spending 15 minutes every weekday morning mapping out you day can save you an average of six hours of wasted time during your workweek. Seriously: That’s a 480% return on your simple investment of time!

Two simple ways to do this: Shop during non-peak times, when there are no unendurable lines to wait on; or just move all your shopping online. And schedule time to organize and de-clutter your home to get ready for guests well before the holidays arrive.

Delegate: Really, it’s okay to delegate! Get the whole family involved in getting ready and make it part of a fun tradition where everyone has a duty and is contributing to the final result. Remember, this is a time for parents to enjoy as well, not just kids and guests.

Make a planner: Get yourself a holiday planning notebook (yes, it can be electronic). Just make sure it is portable, so you can have it with you at all times to jot down holiday wish lists, events, budget, card lists, and even Black Friday specials.

Sleep: I know we all think that if cut down on our sleep we can get one more thing done, just one more item crossed off the list (you are using to-do lists, right?). According to a new poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, “taking control of your sleep is an important step in taking control of your health.” The number one factor in not getting enough zzz’s? Stress.

In order to help yourself get a grip and get back to your much-needed rest, keep a notepad by your bed for those times when you wake up in a panic because you forgot to do something or you need to remember something else in the morning. Not only will it help you remember to get it done, but also it will give you the peace of mind that will let you doze peacefully back off.