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Getting Organized for an Unusual Holiday Season

Getting Organized for an Unusual Holiday Season

We realize it’s almost cliche at this point to say, “the holidays will look different this year”, but well – they will 🙂 Families who you may usually see in person may be over Zoom instead, large holiday parties will likely be skipped, and after many challenging months you are bound to be entering this season a bit worn down. We’d like to offer a few tips to help keep spirits bright and organized.

Make A List and Check it Twice – Sooner rather than later make a master list of everyone that you plan to give a gift to this year (big or small) – presents for immediate family or homemade items such as baked goods for neighbors. It may feel stressful to start this list, but taking it out of your mind and onto paper will help you from forgetting someone and give you a starting point if you haven’t started shopping.

Mail Delays – Once you have your list, identify anyone who you need to mail something to and prioritize getting this done first. There is always increased mail volume around the holidays and this year there is bound to be even more. Plan ahead and leave yourself plenty of time to ship whatever needs shipping. This thinking applies to holiday cards as well if you plan to send those.

Store Pick-Ups – To avoid making several trips to many different stores plan ahead. Take stock of your wrapping supplies and make a list of what you need to stock up on. Do the same with your baking ingredients – since most of these items are shelf stable, you can stock up early and avoid crowds. This may be the year to risk “over-buying” if it’s something you’ll be able to use in the future one way or the other.

Overall, the name of the game for achieving a low-stress and SAFE holiday season this year is to plan ahead and act early. We hope implementing a few of these tips will set you up for success.

getting organized for the holidays

getting organized for the holidays

Picture all those beautiful, shiny wrapped gift boxes, just waiting to be opened. It’s an inviting image—except, for many, the flip side is the many boxes hidden from sight that are overflowing with decorations and other holiday “stuff.” (Do broken ornaments and endless gift-wrap odds and ends ring a bell?) Luckily, with a few quick fixes, it’s easy to simplify and streamline what can already be an overwhelming time of year. Merrily we organize together.

Allison’s Tips for Achieving Holiday Sanity:

It’s all about smart storage. Choose storage items that specifically correlate to your various holiday decorations (for instance, an ornament chest or holiday light spool). No more cramming and jamming into boxes = proper preservation for your treasured items.

Shop soon. Don’t wait until after the holidays for deals on holiday storage, because chances are you’ll miss out on these in-demand items. Invest now to protect your holiday treasures—and all the sentiments that go with them.

Group items and label bins by room. No need to “room”-inate on what goes where: labeling bins by room allows you to simply carry that bin into the room, unpack, and decorate without sorting through tons of boxes to find what you need.

Ease into the packing process. It’s no secret that the holidays can be an exhausting time, so once they’re over, give yourself some much-needed space to take your time and do it right. By not fast-forwarding through proper packing, you’ll have more energy for an efficient, patient approach—ensuring that your holiday items stay in great condition.

Allison’s Must-Have Tools

Chevron Holiday 3-Drawer Ornament Chest—Much like a great jewelry chest, this handy-dandy organizer will keep your ornaments neat, tidy, and all in one piece.

Snaplock Wreath Storage Box—Dust and wear-and-tear be gone! This sturdy wreath storage box will keep your wreath good as new.

Decorative Tree Storage BagHow many times have you tried cramming your artificial tree in the original box? This useful storage bag makes it a cinch to easily pack your tree.