Stress free Holiday Prep
Ahhhh, the holidays. Starting with Thanksgiving, full throttle into Hanukkah and Christmas then into New Years. It is a beautiful time of year for many people. We decorate our homes, buy gifts for loved ones, prepare big meals and go to countless parties.
For those of us with out of town family and friends, the holidays can be especially overwhelming. Not only do we have to keep our regular lives going, plus all the extra shopping, cleaning and cooking, but we also have to coordinate travel plans or prepare to host guests in our home.
All of these demands on our time and wallets can be very trying. Google “stress free holidays” and you’ll find millions of results – articles and blogs devoted to helping us all relax a little bit.
One of our favorites is a post by OrganizedHome, offering these 10 Tips:
- Prune the to-do list down to a manageable level
- Cut the gift list — have you heard of the “Something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read” gift plan?
- Wrap as you go to avoid being up till 2 AM on Christmas Eve
- Buy, don’t bake
- Don’t send cards
- Scale back decor
- Cut the clean-a-thon – focus on the rooms your guests will see, worry about the major projects later
- Downsize dishwashing – use disposable plates
- Finger food, not feast – this works pretty well for gatherings that started out small but grew as the family grew, making a sit-down dinner impossible
- Stay home – don’t feel like you have to do it all – a night of Christmas movies and popcorn can be just as fun
If you’re like me, you might be wrinkling your nose at some of these. No Christmas cards? Wrapping as I go? Obviously these are ideas, take them or leave them.
The point is, as much as we love them, the Holidays can be fraught with a mountain of tasks. Need some help decorating, shopping or organizing menus? Could you outsource your gift-wrapping or use some help buying gifts? Give us a call at Best Friend Errand Service, where we can help you get your to-do list done!