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Prepare for a Less Distracted Christmas Season

I know, I know… Christmas is all around us, and whether or not you’re humming Christmas carols around the house or started on your Christmas baking yet, there is a way to minimize the hustle and bustle of the holidays as you move forward.

 

Prepare for a less distracted Christmas

Face it: part of the reason your my holidays are so frazzled is that we’re trying to do too much! Sometimes, that includes cleaning up from the previous Christmas (ever open up the ornament box from last year and find a jumbled heap of tree decor in there?), and sometimes it means readjusting or refocusing this year’s expectations…

 

Here are some suggestions for minimizing unnecessary distractions  this Christmas season…and for years to come!

 

Preview

Before you start wrapping presents, or even buying them, purge through closets.  You my find that you already have what you intended to purchase.  And I bet that’s happened more than once, right?

 

Teach Generosity

If you have smaller children, have them go through their toys and get rid of what they no longer play with.  Kids can be just like kids (what a concept?) in that they don’t want to get rid of their belongings, but now is a perfect time to teach them about giving to others who are less fortunate.

 

Triage

Create a specific area in your home for putting gifts until they are wrapped and under the tree. Many times presents get misplaced just waiting for Christmas. Yup. this also may or may not have happened more than once, right?  grrrrr….

 

Preview and Part With

Take the opportunity to purge through your holiday decorations when you start decorating. Don’t continue to keep stashing away more and more decorations that will never be used.  Either use them or lose them!
Prepare for a Less Distracted Christmas Season

 

Set Up Shop

Create a gift wrapping center in a seldom-used closet or spare bedroom.  Here’s a picture of one recently installed by Organize4U for some ideas.  This is a space that you will use throughout the year, so if you make some time to do it now, you’ll be glad you did all year long! 🙂

 

Change Your Strategy

Start a tradition holiday gift giving that isn’t necessarily about giving “something,” but giving an event that can be shared together as a family.  Memories that last a life time can be a camping trip, whitewater rafting, a cruise, zip lining, etc.  You may not always remember the pair of socks you got for Christmas, but you will remember the memories you made while camping together.

 

Share the Leftovers Love

If you purchase luncheon meat in those plastic containers then you know you can acquire a lot of them over a period of time.  Put those extra ones to good use! Send your company home with left overs in the containers that clutter your kitchen cabinets.  Make sure they know that they are not to be returned to your house.  🙂

 

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  Do you have any tips or tricks that you’ve used over the years to help minimize unnecessary distractions during the holidays?  Please share ’em in the comments below…  Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday season!

Shared with: The Modest Mom, Hope in Every Season, and The Art of Homemaking

Kim Pittman

Kim Pittman

Kim has successfully helped create time and space for hundreds of people in Southwest Georgia. In 2005 she started Organize 4U with a vision to help individuals live clutter-free and productive lives. She organizes areas in the home, including pantries, attics, storage buildings and garages. Kim also custom designs and installs closet systems that enhance storage capacity. Her expertise also includes office space and systems. For organizational tips, find her on Facebook at Organize 4U. And you'll find lots of great organizational info, including before and after shots, on her website Organize4U.org.
Kim Pittman
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