Your Holiday Game Plan For Less Stress

Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the stress of the holidays every year? If you are like me, you might tell yourself that this is the last time you will greet the holidays as a disorganized mess. You probably find yourself vowing that next year will be different every.single.year. The thing is, if you want to avoid the holiday stress, you have to approach the holidays with a different plan.

The holidays are fast approaching, and there are so many things that need to be taken care of during that time. Usually we have additional places to go, more people to see, and a never-ending list of things that need to be done.

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Looking for less stress this holiday season? You’ve still got time, however, but you must start now.

Here’s your holiday game plan for stress free holidays.

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Update your calendar

I don’t know about you, but my holiday calendar resembles a train wreck. Things like concerts, recitals, parties, shopping… the places I’ve got to go never seem to end. Right now, fill in your calendar with everything that you know of so you can head off any potential conflicts at the pass. I already know of three times that I’ve got to be in more than one place at a time during the month of December. Ugh. At least I know about it now and can work toward a plan to deal with it.

Create a holiday recipe plan

Will you be taking food to parties? Do you like to make special meals during the holidays? Take the time now to create your holiday recipe plans so you’ve got that out of the way.

Make your shopping lists

Once you know what you’re making for meals to some extent, you can start working on the shopping list that you’ll need to make all of these special dishes. In fact, you can even start shopping for these things now. I always need extra sugar, vanilla, flour, and extracts during this time. I like making sure I’m well stocked in these things ahead of time. This means that I need to create my shopping lists, too.

Complete projects

Do you have some projects that are partially finished? My garage happens to be a nightmare right now. Now is the time to complete these projects since you will most likely be short on time during the holiday rush.

Plan for storage

Will you need new baskets, bins, or storage for more things? Start thinking and planning for these things now. With a large family, storage is something that I am always addressing. Even with just yourself the reality is that most likely you will bringing some new things into your home during this holiday season. Plan ahead by determining how you will be storing these things now.

Schedule appointments

I am referring to things like haircuts, manicures, pedicures, and maybe even a massage if you’re really lucky. As a hairdresser for years, I know how important it is to get on the books now! That way,  you’ll actually get in to who you want when you want.

Freezer cook

Don’t let this scare you. It really can be as easy as just cooking two of many of the meals you cook so you can throw one of those meals in the freezer. This takes a bit of extra time now, but it will save you a ton of time and money later since you won’t be going through the drive-thru. Looking for an easier way to freezer cook? Check out MyFreezEasy HERE. It takes the overwhelm out of freezer cooking. You can read more about how this program has changed by life in To the Mom Who Struggles With Making Meals.

Check Christmas lights

I know I am not the only one who is greatly annoyed with this. It seems that I’ve always got next to no strings of working Christmas lights that actually work. I have no idea how it is possible. Somehow, the lights I put away at the end of the season that were working just fine have a tendency to stop working while packed up during the off season. Save yourself the frustration of discovering this in the midst of things by checking your Christmas lights now.

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Schedule babysitters

As a mom of two girls who are of babysitting age, I can say that babysitters during the holidays are in high demand. If you will need a babysitter during the holidays, you want to schedule them as early as possible. You’ve already updated your calendar, now use it to schedule those babysitters ASAP.

Traveling? Arrange for home care

Holiday travel plans can be so overwhelming that it is easy to forget about the fact that we may have pets, houseplants, or other things that need to be cared for while we are gone. People’s schedules get crazy during the holidays, so if you will need help in your home while you are gone, talk to family members or friends about it now.

The holidays are often the best time of the year, but they can also be the most stressful time of the year. It doesn’t have to be this way, however. Use this list to create a game plan that will allow you to experience holidays with less stress.

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