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It’s Holiday Time…Again! ~ by Lynne Poulton

09 Dec 2016 7:46 AM | Anonymous

Holiday Tips

by Lynne Poulton of Wholly Organized! ® LLC

If you are like me, I want to do EVERYTHING festive during the holiday time.  Here are ten tips to help you get through the season with less stress:

  • 1)            If you shop:  Make your shopping list now.  If you want to keep the clutter down in your gift giving then try some of these ideas: http://knoxville.citymomsblog.com/40-non-toy-gifts-the-ultimate-gift-non-toy-gift-guide-for-all-ages/
  • 2)            If you are stressed by crowds, the people on the road and want to buy gifts: try the not so “pedestrian” online sites for a change.  Etsy, Shop Spring, Blue Q, Mignon, Flight 001. There is always Amazon of course.
  • 3)            If you host a meal:  Make your menu now. Make your grocery list now. Break down the things to do a week before/day before/ morning of.  Set the table the night before if you can.
  • 4)            If you send out cards:  Invest in the time to create a holiday card address label template. Then print out the labels to save time from hand addressing.  http://bit.ly/2fABR0z
  • 5)            If you decorate:  Only put out the decorations that you absolutely love. Donate the rest!
  • 6)            If you bake cookies:  include the kids in the process (if you don’t have kids, invite your friend’s kids over). You are creating life-long memories of fun and enjoyment.
  • 7)            If you are overwhelmed with a messy area in your house:  schedule “me time” on your calendar and commit to tackling one area so that you feel accomplished, less stressed and more organized for the new year.  Hire a Professional Organizer if you are stuck and want support and guidance!  http://www.naponorthcoastoh.com/find-an-organizer
  • 8)            If you are worried about overeating:  allow yourself one indulgence a day, drink one or two extra glasses of water, aim to eat more veggies and focus on the relationships at the parties and not the food.
  • 9)            If your family members stress you out: Remember, it’s the holidays, decide upfront to not latch on to negativity.  Limit the time spent with stressful family members. Here are some ideas on ways to handle Grinch-like comments: http://bit.ly/2fUMIpZ
  • 10)         Keep it simple and eat a candy cane.  Peppermint is proven to ease your stomach, lessen frustration and calm your nerves.

Here’s to a less stressful season and a healthy 2017.

Lynne Poulton, CPO® and Owner of Wholly Organized! ® LLC

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