De-clutter & De-stress before the Holidays
Tips and Tricks to Prepare for the Holiday Season
The quick change in weather can only mean one thing, and that is… the holiday season. It is hard to believe that 2023 is right around the corner. This past year has flown by, and we are already closer to Hanukkah and Christmas yet again. The holidays are a time for getting families together. Before we get shopping for the upcoming holiday season, it can be highly beneficial to rid your home of all the current clutter.
Shopping is stressful enough, and adding more to what you already have at home can be overwhelming and extremely anxiety producing. We wanted to provide you with some steps or tips to help relieve some of the holiday stress while providing a few Wonder®-ful ways to prepare you for the upcoming season.
Step 1 : Organizing
Every mom can agree that as annoying as organizing is, it has a way of benefiting us in the end. With the holiday season quickly approaching and everything that comes with it (parties, shows, outings, etc.), creating a plan, putting pen to paper, and crossing things off your to-do list can be the most liberating and satisfying thing. If this seems like an overwhelming task give it a shot and see how it goes. Try it with a friend, or get your kids involved in making a list. Change the narrative and make it a rewarding experience where you can all walk away with your tasks that need to be accomplished.
Step 2 : Decorating
Decorating is the best way to get everyone in the mood for the upcoming get-togethers and festivities. It is the perfect way to get your kids excited about the forthcoming events, and everyone has the opportunity to play a part in decorating for Santa. Our first tip is to start by pulling out all your Christmas or holiday decorations as you put away your Halloween ones. Look at what you have or do not have and what might be missing or broken. Create a list of what needs to be done or what you have in mind this year for decorating (coloured or white lights, hang the stocking or are you participating in elf on the shelf?) Place your non-negotiables at the top of your list so; they are your first priority and then add your remaining to-dos which you would like to do, but it’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t get completed.
Step 3 : Donating or Selling
Get your kids involved as you go through the organization and decorating process. Have them go through their closets and toys before they make their Christmas wish list. Have them donate (i.e., united way, etc.) or sell (i.e., Kijiji or consignment shop) any clothing they have outgrown. If they have yet to use some of their toys within the last year, get them to consider giving them to another child or family that needs them.
The same process should be put towards their books, shoes, or sports equipment. Not only does this help you de-clutter and de-stress your home, but it’s an excellent way to give back to the community. It also gives your kids a chance to be grateful for what they have and make room for what they may need or want from Santa this year.
Step 4 : Christmas Lists
Once your kids have assisted with the de-cluttering process and they have made an effort to donate what they have not used within the last year, have them put together their holiday wish list. Get them to write their wish list to Santa as early as possible, so it provides you with all the time you need to complete your shopping. Not only will this get everyone, including your kids, excited about the upcoming holiday season, but it will also hopefully get them on their best behaviour to finish 2022 on a good note.
Step 5 : Shopping
With your family’s, holiday wish lists in tow and a few remaining items to check off the list, you can make the most out of Black Friday and Cyber Monday if you find crowds and lines overwhelming! Thank gosh for the internet. It has provided us with an efficient and effective way to make the most of our time, especially when we want to avoid all the craziness that can come with Black Friday. If busy malls and stores are stressful, get your holiday shopping done as early as possible.
Step 6 : Wrapping
This may be the most annoying part of the holidays for some, but nothing brings everything together, like a few beautifully wrapped gifts under your Christmas tree. Make wrapping fun by turning on some Christmas music, sipping on a festive hot chocolate or cider and getting wrapping. Pick fun wrapping paper to make the experience that much better.
Step 7 : Enjoy
Although, we all know how overwhelming and stressful the holiday can be. It is also a time to be grateful for what you do have. Be appreciative of everything you can do to make the most out of season, and enjoy your time with your family and loved ones. Stress is fleeting, but family is forever. Do your best to embrace the holiday craziness and all it offers!