Beating the Hustle & Bustle out of Christmas Chaos
The most important thing we can give ourselves at Christmas is relationships. Yet, with the hustle and bustle of decorating, baking, shopping and wrapping, it is easy to clutter up relationships with things that are really less important in the long run. And, it’s easier said-than-done to not be overwhelmed with time or cluttered with shopping lists. So, here are a few tips Kathi Lipp shared with us about organizing priorities and duties, so relationships don’t get thrown out with the wrapping paper.
The earlier you can make plans with your family and friends, the easier it will be to avoid conflicts and expectations. Maybe set up a Google Hangout and ask everyone you invite to install the app on their phone. This is a simple, yet effective, way to stay organized within a group of people.
It’s not the time to be picky.
Even if you could, what would be the pleasure in pulling off the perfect holiday all by yourself? Let others who ask, help. And, be sure to ask those who don’t, to help – they may just not know what to ask! Make to-do lists and post them so everyone can feel accomplished for crossing things off the list.
Don’t be limit timid.
Be sure to set limits for yourself and with others. Come to an understanding how much you will spend on family gifts or how many gifts you may be expected to share. Maybe share a list of who is bringing what to Christmas dinner – communication makes for great organization.
Use a pen.
Be sure to write it down… write down what you spending budget for the holidays is, gift ideas, party dates, etc. Not only will keeping everything visible help you stay organized and bring peace to you, if you use a Holiday Planner, next year you’ll be able to look back and find yourself doing less hustling and bustling!
Do you have a Holiday Planner or know where to start making one? You are in luck!! Soon we have a kit that will help you through the process. Let us help you simplify your Holiday!!
Do you have any tips to being intentional about the Holiday’s and keeping a positive focus on Christmas cheer? Please share them with us – we’d like to hear!
Kathi Lipp inspires thousands of women each year to strip down their expectations and lives and live with real purpose. With humor and wisdom, Kathi offers hope paired with practical steps to live with meaning. You can find out more about Kathi at KathiLipp.com.
Kathy Jenkins is the President of Come To Order, a professional residential organizing company based in Richmond, Virginia. She is a nationally recognized certified organizer, speaker and author dedicated to helping her clients simplify their lives by reducing clutter, organizing their homes and offices, and managing their time. Click here to follow Kathy on Twitter.