Practical Living

Conquering chaos and creating memories for the holidays

The holiday season is just around the corner! Some people are psyched about it but others are not because the holiday season also comes with the hassle of tons of festive preparation. The holiday season can also be very overwhelming if you aren’t not organized or you are just like me, and you’ve been busy and you haven’t had time to keep up with all the house chores. Don’t let the mess overwhelm you! Many of us are on the same boat! This is how I conquer this chaotic task. The trick is to divide and conquer!! No matter how big the mess is, before you undertake this task, make a plan.

Craft your master plan and make sure to stick to it:

Creating a master plan is the key to a stress-free holiday cleaning and planning. Feel free to use whatever tools you would like. Personally, I’m old school and love paper and fountain pens. You can also leverage technology to stay organized with your master plan. Set reminders for important dates, scheduling, or budgeting, etc. Now, you just need to create a comprehensive to-do list that fulfills all the mini tasks. Jot down everything from cleaning to shopping. If you are planning some holiday shenanigans, plan that out too! This roadmap is how you conquer the holiday mess and chaos.

Time to declutter your sh*t and clean

Declutter your living spaces! Donate or discard items that you no longer need before you clean. I have to say decluttering is always the hardest part for me. You can channel your inner Marie Kondo. If your items don’t spark joy, then they need to go. Trust me! You won’t miss them; be brave and declutter them. Then you can start cleaning and organizing your home. A clutter-free environment will help alleviate lots of stress and motivate you to create a welcoming atmosphere for your family and guests.

Budget like a Boss

Don’t let the holiday break your bank! Set a realistic budget for your gift shopping, decorations and food. Keep track on your spending to avoid overspending. Another tip is to get creative with homemade gifts; those handmade gifts will definitely help you save money and they also feel more sincere. The thought is the most important aspect of gift giving.

Create a kickass gift list

Now that you have your holiday budget, make your gift list and make sure you’ve got those perfect gifts wrapped and ready! This way you can avoid last minute panic shopping nightmares. This year, lots of store and online stores have started their Black Friday sales, so you can start your holiday shopping now! If you shop on Amazon, don’t forget to choose the fewer boxes, fewer trip option delivery! That way you can eliminate boxes overflowing your clean house and also it can help you get 6% cash back if you have the Prime card.

Meal- prepping battleground

Whether you are a host or guest to the holiday party, make sure you plan your holiday meals in advance. Create a menu, make that shopping list, then get the non-perishables early! If you are the host, don’t be shy to delegate dishes to your guests or ask for help from your friend; making meal preparation a collaborative effort is a great way to interact with your guests.

Time to decorate your environment

Decorating should be fun, not a stress-fest! Focus on key areas like the living room, dining room and entryway! You can use some transitioning decor, so you don’t have to redo it after Thanksgiving again. Another tip is lighting candles; the warm glow of candlelight can instantly give your home a cozy vibe. If you have pets at home, decorations may not be a good idea; you can bake some cookies or make some mulled wine! Those sweet and homey smells can create the same effect as well.

Schedule you-time to relax

You already conquered more than half way! Plan some you-time. Take a break, breathe in the festive vibe you created, and RELAX! It’s very easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of tasks and worries. That’s why taking a break is essential to stay on task.

Delegate tasks like a queen

Remember!! You don’t have to do everything on your own. There is no shame in asking for help from your family and friends – wrapping gifts, setting the table, or making dishes. Involving everyone and sharing responsibilities together can make the holiday season more enjoyable for everyone and it’s also creating memories together.

Now everything is finished!! Just sit back and enjoy your holidays and don’t forget to give thanks to your family and friends. Make sure to have your camera ready, so you can capture all the moments. After all, those moments are what make the holidays magical. 

Now it’s time for you to conquer the holiday chaos like a boss! Start with your master plan ready and let’s create the most memorable holidays ever!! Cheers*

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