The summer clothes and patio furniture have barely been put away for winter hibernation. The holidays are approaching at torpedo speed, each day passing in a flash (remember when you couldn’t wait for next week or an event the following month? These days, next week arrives before I can think twice about it)!
So, how to stay sane during this busy, happy, sometimes stressful time of year and beyond? Be organized.
Rule number one, and most important: Remember that simplicity equals sanity.
One for all. Have your own unique wrapping style for gifts. Use silver or gold paper with matching bows and name tags. This streamlines the process, and is perfect for wedding and birthday gifts as well.
Play clutter cop. Be diligent about keeping things out of your home. The better you are at this the less likely things (tee shirts, newspapers, coffee mugs) will pile up. If you are an avid reader, recycle those magazines and newspapers. Use the library. If your local library doesn’t have the book you want they can borrow it from another library.
Dump duplicates. Do you really need twenty-five coffee mugs, six hairbrushes or three hammers? Getting rid of duplicates (donate them to a charity) is one of the easiest ways to de-clutter. Rule of thumb: one in, one out.
30 minutes a day keeps clutter away. Clutter builds up around the house during our everyday, hectic lives. During the holidays, with family and friends in and out, decorating and extra groceries around, it can quickly become out of control. Set aside 15 minutes a day for a general sweep around the house and another 15 minutes concentrated on a specific area. If you keep up with this you will be able to get your house “back to normal” within a reasonable amount of time after your guests are headed home.
Make a meal plan and stick with it. Choose the recipes that you want to prepare two weeks ahead of time. Make a list of all the ingredients that you will need. Shop in your refrigerator and pantry first to see what you already have (great time to check for goods that are out of date). Make a list, and then go to the store. Setting the menu and shopping with a precise list saves from buying foods that you “could, might, maybe” need. This process will save you time and money.
Take time to relax, smell the pine boughs and enjoy family and friends.
Practice random acts of kindness and remember those who are less fortunate.
Happiness is a place between too little and too much. – Finnish Proverb