There’s nothing we can’t do if we work hard, never sleep, and shirk all other responsibilities in our lives.
— Leslie Knope
This is hysterical, and yet how many of us live like this? As the holidays approach, are we feeling overwhelmed? Are we signing up for every single activity that comes along? Are we impulse buying because we cannot remember what we have bought so far? Are we stressed because the house isn’t “perfect”? It is time to stop, breathe, and think through what is a priority for you and your family. We truly cannot do it all! So, how do we prioritize?
Here are a few ideas that I personally have used or that I have read recently:
Lisa Adams, owner of LA Closet Design, has a golden rule: Donate or purge anything that you haven’t used in one year. “People get paralyzed under all the stuff,” she says. I say, Start slow. Set yourself up for success. I keep a bag in my closet as I prepare to start the purging process. If I see something that I have not worn for two summers, (it is now winter) I put it in the bag. Same with your kids and spouse. Separate clothes by season if your closets and drawer space will allow. Sorting that way makes sense, and such a system will simplify seasonal cleaning. Visibility is also important when organizing closets. “If you can’t see it, you don’t use it.” First and foremost, Lisa says, “Figure out what works for you, and stick with it.” Also, when you have organized your closets, you now have recommendations for what your children, husband need when asked for gift ideas!
Most of us are well into the holiday decorating, but have we enlisted the family? It is surprising how fast things will get done with a few extra hands.
Before you decorate, “give the house a good cleaning,” she says. That way, your house will be fresh-smelling and sparkly, in more ways than one.. Remember,to resist over-accumulation. I love new ornaments, but I must be disciplined and not keep buying more. As you put our your decor, don’t be afraid to purge unused decorations (those that have stayed in the box for two years now). You could give them to a friend or donate them to a school or local charity.
“If you like to set up decorations the same way each year, do not leave it to memory,” one writer advises. “Write down steps, take a photo of your decor and store in a file.” I personally try and box decorations by room at the end of the season-that way it is easy to find the tree ornaments or the decor that is put in the entry way.
Make a List & Check It Twice
Take an inventory before you buy. “It’s very tempting to pick up new tableware and decorations,” Lisa says. “Know exactly what you have before buying anything new” and set a budget. “Don’t overspend.
Simple, heartfelt gifts are the ones that keep on giving. Use your talent! Also, buying gift cards that encourage loved ones to spend time together, like dinner and movie are very special.
I hope these ideas have helped. Remember my motto at Help U Sort, “It doesn’t have to be perfect, just has to be perfect for you”!
I wish you all a very happy holiday season!