Holidays are by far my favorite time of the year. There is so much, happiness, love, and cheer all around you, and it just makes for a beautiful time to be alive. You get time with your family and close friends, that you normally do not get. You get to shop for those you love and see the joy in their eyes when they open their gifts. And, you get to decorate your home and set up lights while soaking in fun Christmas stories and movies. It really is an amazing time.
While all of that is fantastic, there is also small a downside to Thanksgiving and Christmas – it can become stressful and it does become stressful for a lot of people. While you cannot control every little thing, you can be proactive in order to reduce your stress to try to avoid it completely. I have come up with a foolproof plan to get your home (and life) ready for Christmas so that you can soak up all of the joy, instead of worrying about a menu for dinner, or who is staying at your house.
Foolproof steps to get your home (and life) ready for Christmas
Make a list of everything you need to do.
This is the most important step of all. Write
every single little thing down so that you can stay organized throughout the entire holiday – this will be your game changer. For myself personally, I have a running to do list, I have a Christmas menu and Christmas guest count list, and I have a gift list (more on this in a bit). This will help you not only plan out what you need to do, but also when you need to do it. Right after Thanksgiving is when you need to create your list so that you can start on it the very first week of December. I know one of my friends, Alex, had to get her ceiling fixed before all of her guests arrived because they had a leak. The only way she was able to get someone out in time to do this was by staying organized and doing things early.
Get your home situated
If you are having people come to your home, there may seem like a never-ending to do list of things that you need to do to your home. Don’t sweat it – there are people to help with this! Do what you can, but when you need help, don’t be afraid to hire someone to help you out. If you are going out of town, make sure in the system you have all of your safety precautions set up. From an alarm to window films, you can never be too safe! I recently looked up window films in my area and found UHS Window Tinting and Blinds. They have been providing the metro-Atlanta area with much-needed window tinting, security film, decorative film and select blind treatment services since 2003.
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Get a guest count
The first week of December (or maybe even earlier than this), create a guest count. Of course, this may change a bit as Christmas gets closer, but this is a great place to start. This guest count will be your go-to list for when you are creating your menu and also when you plan on who to shop for.
Create a Christmas menu
Creating a Christmas menu is essential because you want to make sure you have enough food for everyone throughout the day. Yes, I said throughout the day. You do not just need a Christmas Dinner menu – you need a menu for the entire day. I usually make a menu for breakfast, snacks, lunch, and finally, dinner. Your guests are not in their own home and it’s not easy to go out on Christmas Day to get lunch, especially when you are trying to spend time with family, so make sure you take care of your guests and have enough food and drinks to last.
Plan out your gifts
The worse feeling is when you leave someone out when it comes to gifts, so you need to make sure you use your guest count for gift giving, as well. Trust me, if you create these lists that I am telling you about, you are all set and you become much more organized.
In order to reduce your stress significantly, do not wait until the last minute to shop. Shopping early takes the pressure off of you mentally and financially when Christmas is approaching. Mentally, you will feel so much better knowing that you have taken care of everyone and you know that your presents will not be delivered late. Financially, it is always nice to spread your shopping out over a few weeks or months. The closer Christmas gets, the more people typically spend, so spread out your costs so you do not feel strapped at the very end.
Hire out help
If there is too much on your plate, hire out help. No matter if it is hiring someone to help you clean, organize your house, shop for groceries, or even watch your animals or kids, get help if you need it. You can’t do everything on your own and the less you have to do, the less stress you will be under.
Complete last minute tasks
About a week before Christmas, fine-tune your to do list and start working on your last minute tasks. Keep up with your laundry instead of letting it pile up, make a few dishes that you can freeze and reheat on Christmas day. Do whatever it takes now so that your life is a breeze on Christmas Day!
You did it!! You followed these steps and now you are ready for Christmas! Take it all in and relax with your family today – you deserve it!