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Getting Ready for the Holiday Season
Getting Ready for the Holiday Season

It always seems as if the holidays always sneak up on us. After all, Thanksgiving is just 2 weeks away! So whether you are getting ready to host 35 people for a Thanksgiving dinner or if you are preparing for the celebrations of Hanukkah or Christmas, you can get ready early and simplify your work and enjoy the holidays so much more.

Planning

As we get ready for the holidays, let’s take a minute to remember why we celebrate this time of the year. It’s not about gifts, parties and obligations. It’s a time to give thanks for our many blessings, to celebrate the wonderful miracles of Christmas, Hanukah; Kwanzaa; to celebrate the coming of a brand New Year full of possibilities. Try to keep this in your heart and mind this season to keep things in perspective.

A master family Holiday calendar where all family members can make note of their holiday activities – from the first Holiday marketplace shopping excursion to the New Year’s Day pork and kraut dinner – is a must. If there are conflicts, discuss them early and develop a solution.

The holidays can be extremely busy times. When making your master family Holiday calendar, consider which events are “Must attends” like your daughter’s band concert, which are “Would be nice to attend” like the town Christmas parade and which are “I would rather have a root canal than attend”like your neighbor’s annual open house. If there are events that you can edit out of your schedule with gentle excuses, you will make the holidays more about spending time with the people you love doing things you love to do.

Make your reservations (air travel, hotel, kennel) as early as possible for the best availability and prices.

Gift Giving

Use lists to keep yourself on track – gifts (ideas, to buy or already purchased), to dos, meal ideas and planned menus.

Capture gift ideas whenever they might come to you by keeping a small note book with you at all times or using the notes feature on your phone.

Start early with your gift buying. Buy things you want to gift when you see them. Decide if it is worth saving $10 on that MP3 player when you have to Black Friday crowds and traffic or should you just buy it now and be done with it.

Consider giving the gift of no stuff. Give experiences and services, like a gift certificate from Good Life Organizing.

Yummy Stuff

Check your baking supplies now and stock up on flour, sugar, baking powder, vanilla, spices, etc.

Most cookies and some cookie dough can be frozen up to 1-2 months in advance. Get a jump on your baking now. Reference - http://www.baking911.com/cookies/storage.htm.

Plan a “day after” menu now. Find a couple of good recipes for leftover turkey and mashed potatoes on websites like www.allrecipes.com and www.foodnetwork.com .

Happy Holidays!

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Andi Willis is a Professional Organizer and the owner of Good Life Organizing based in Perry, GA. She is passionate about helping people find creative solutions to organizing their homes and simplifying their lives. From piles of old photos to files of digital pictures, bedrooms to playrooms, home offices to kitchens, no project is too large or too small to tackle. Working with clients from busy moms to busy executives, Andi can help you get past the clutter and get on with your life! Andi is a proud member of National Association of Professional Organizers, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, Association of Personal Photo Organizers and the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce.

 

Find Andi at Good Life Organizing,Facebook, Twitterand Pinterest. You can also contact her by emailor (478) 550-1969.

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Professional Organizer Andi Willis is passionate about helping people find creative solutions to organizing their homes and simplifying their lives. Working with clients from busy moms to busy executives, Andi can help you get past the clutter and get on with your life! More information about Andi and Good Life Organizing can be found at www.goodlifeorganizing.net.

 

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