The holidays may be over a month away, but if office tower decorations and traffic at the mall are any indication, the pre-holidays effort is in effect for many. I find December to be one of the most stressful months, as holiday parties, potlucks, family get togethers, and errands seem to take up every ounce of free time. Today I’ll share some simple ways you can take charge TODAY to lessen the burden once the madness really hits.
- Sort out your holiday party wardrobe. Waiting until the last minute on this one can lead to either wearing something you don’t like, or buying something impractical at the last minute. Instead, decide what type of attire is required for each event, shop your closet first, and then either pick up some new pieces or new outfits. Shop with the mindset of practicality (“Can I wear this again?”) and if you have the time, shop online to avoid a trip to the mall, and maybe even save some money. [BONUS TIP: use sites like eBates to get cash back on your online purchases!]
- Make your shopping list. Deciding what to get your family and friends (and everyone else on your list!) by mid-November is ideal so that you have time to price compare and have a plan of attack for Black Friday. While it used to be more of an American sale weekend, recent years have seen it move to Canada, and in many cases flyers are available a few days ahead of time. Use them to make a shopping strategy, so that when the weekend hits, you can make a beeline for the things you need. Shop online or wait until Cyber Monday if you can to avoid the lines and crowds.
- Mark your calendar. Whether you use a planner, app, or calendar, make note of the events you have and the preparation each one involves. Going home for Christmas? Make a note of when you have to pack. Attending a potluck? Make a note to grocery shop and cook or bake beforehand. This will give you greater (and earlier!) visibility so that you don’t get caught scrambling.
I hope these tips help as you gear up for the holidays. Leave me a comment with any other suggestions you have!