I am so excited to introduce you to my very talented friend Brooke from Cribbs Style: Organization & More! She is absolutely the guru of guru’s for organizational tips, and has a great eye for figuring out all of your typical organizational dilemma’s one step at a time. So, without further ado…. here’s Brooke!
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The holiday season can add a great amount of stress to even the most organized. By the time that they’re over, a huge weight is lifted that we survived another holiday, but what if we could change all of that? While everything is still fresh in your mind, now is the perfect time to get ready for next year!
1) Making a list and checking it a few times
Every year I start out by writing down all the names of who we’re buying for, the budget for each person, and the items I’m purchasing. Each paycheck I set aside some money so when the time comes, it won’t be hard to have the money ready to purchase gifts.
I also use an app called “Our Groceries” which is not only good for electronically adding groceries, but you can make other lists as well. If someone mentions something, on the sly I add it to the list. They think I’m just checking my phone, but really I’m taking note.
Shopping for kiddos can be fun, but it’s hard to remember who wanted what and what color. When we’re out and about if the girls point something out, I take a picture of them holding the item. You know, for North Pole documentation of course. Prevents confusion down the road and who doesn’t like adorable pictures of their kiddos?!
2) Get carded
I love sending out holiday cards and to make sure I don’t forget anyone from the previous year, I hold on to the cards when I’m packing up and place them with the ornaments. When it’s time to decorate again, I pull them out. It also gives me a chance to see how much my friends kiddos have grown and maybe even reuse some of the card fronts for my own decor.
3) On the move
This year we moved and I know that a lot of my friends have as well. I haven’t switched to an electronic address book, I’m old school still in a lot of ways. I learned because of people like me who have moved a lot, I write names in pen and the address in pencil. When cards start coming in, I double check and if there are changes and change it right then. If for some reason
4) Don’t be afraid to start new traditions
Instead of replicating a Thanksgiving meal, this year we switched things up and do a more scaled back version of make your own sandwiches and finger foods. I decided that spending more time with the kids was more important than spending more time in the kitchen.
When close friends asked what they could get the girls for Christmas this year, I asked if it would be ok to opt out of gift giving and do an activity together instead. It took the pressure off of finding the perfect gift and gave us a chance to make memories together. (I’ve heard this works for family members too. ;) )
5) Decking the halls
Since we moved, I was excited to find new places to display my holiday decor. This also gave me an opportunity to purge any tired pieces and take note of any items that I need to pick up because the end of the season sales is the best time to stock up. When I’m packing it away, I try to keep the items for that room together and label the container with the name of the room for the next year.
Holiday Head Start: Organizational Tips for Next Year
I hope that the tips were helpful to take the stress off of your holiday to do list! May you and yours have a safe New Year and stress free holiday’s to come!