We all know it’s a crazy time a year. A wonderful time of year, but crazy.
Now that I’ve done this adulting thing for a little while, I’ve gotten pretty good at staying organized for the holidays without driving myself insane. I thought I’d take a minute and share a few things I’ve picked up along the way. Here are my 4 tips to survive the holidays:
1. Lists, Lists, Lists
Without trying to sound super cliche (checking them twice and all), I do think making lists is important. I’ve got an ongoing list with ideas for Christmas presents for family, friends, and coworkers. I also made a list early on for who I wanted to send Christmas cards to. It helps keeps things organize and makes life a lot easier.
2. Have A Plan
Ok, this may not be as helpful not that we’re halfway through December, but it’s worth mentioning. Remember that list of presents I have? I started that months ago. Any time I got an idea, I added it to my list! Then when the time comes to shop, I can figure out what I really want to spend my money on. And I’m not left asking all my loved ones what they want.
I even try to have a plan when it comes to the actually shopping. It’s never fun to wait until the last minute to get gifts, so I really try to think ahead. I think of the weeks in December and try to figure out when / where to get everything. I try to avoid the craziness that is the mall this time of year. That leaves more time for staying cozy at home.
3. There’s Always Next Year
No one is perfect and life can get crazy. Try not to put too much stress on yourself. If there’s something you’ve been dying to do or one gift you’ve always wanted to get a friend, remember that you can plan ahead to next year. It doesn’t have to happen now.
Elliot and I have lived together for 3 years now. This is the first year I finally had the time to get a make a Christmas card. Sure, I wish I had done it earlier, but this year I really planned ahead and it hasn’t been stressful at all. It actually feels great.
4. Remember What This Time Of Year Is Really About
No matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, or any other holiday, to me, this time of year is all about warmth and love. What will that fancy new present really matter in a few years? The memories you make with family and friends are what is important this season.
I hope everyone is enjoying this magical time of year. As always, feel free to leave any of your holiday tips below!