If you observe fall and winter holidays, the time to start preparing them has already arrived. Halloween will be here in a few weeks, Hanukkah begins on Nov. 27th, then Thanksgiving the day after that, Christmas follows in December, topped off by New Years on Jan. 1st! If you start preparing now, you will lessen the likelihood you will feel overwhelmed when each holiday pops up. Below you will find 5 tips to be prepared for the holidays. You can implement them in small steps, even if you think you’re “too busy” to work on this now.Spending 20 minutes or so each day preparing for the holidays will allow you to be ready for them before they arrive. Apply these tips, and you’ll be able to enjoy the holidays instead of barely surviving them.
1. If you are taking time off work for the holidays, request days off immediately. Priority is usually given to the earliest requests, so time is of the essence. If you are an entrepreneur, schedule the time off for the holidays now. When business owners do not think about this ahead of time, they can end up overworking themselves during the holidays.
2. Make your gift lists as early as possible. Write the names of every person you plan to purchase a gift for, then brainstorm gift ideas for each of them. After you decide who gets what, figure out where you will shop for the items. This makes shopping a much easier feat since you can start doing it now. If you shop at just one or two stores per week, you’ll have plenty of time to get the shopping done. If you have a budget in mind, look out for sales and discounts at stores you shop at.
3. Decide which decorations you will be using for each holiday. Consider the amount of time you have to retrieve your traditional items, shop for new decorations, and display all of them. The more realistic your estimate for decorating time, the less stress you will endure as the holiday approaches.
4. Start “Fall Cleaning” in your home. Everyone knows about Spring Cleaning, but this should also be done in Autumn. Fall is an ideal season to clear out the dust bunnies and cobwebs, and do some deep cleaning. Your tasks may include: dust hard-to-reach places, sort the pantry, clean out the fireplace, wash both sides of windows, and change the air filter in your heater.
5. Be willing to accept help from those who offer it.
If you have friends, family members, children, co-workers, or anyone else who offers to help you prepare for holidays, take advantage of this. Setting up decorations and props for Halloween, cooking Thanksgiving dinner and setting the table, wrapping Hanukkah gifts, decorating the Christmas tree, serving drinks at your New Year party…these are all tasks that are much more enjoyable with teamwork!