We all know the holidays are coming. Television and email ads have bombarded us for months now. My local tv station gives a countdown – and today marks 9 days until Christmas and only 8 more shopping days. Nothing like a little pressure.
Are you overwhelmed?
Gifts need to be purchased and delivered, holiday parties given and/ or attended, holiday dinners organized, and holiday outfits put together.
While the intentions of the massive amounts of advertising are to give us ideas of things to give our loved ones, they also give us the feeling that if we aren’t out there shopping, we’re not fulfilling holiday promises.
All any of us can do is our best when giving gifts. If you think about the person and look for a gift that not only is something the person may want or need but also fits within our gift giving budget, then you are golden.
Parties and Dinners:
Recently on the blog, I’ve talked a lot about giving parties and attending dinners. All that advice holds true for holiday parties and dinners. Here are the basic steps to follow:
- Design a menu for the party
- Shop for non-perishable items in advance
- Schedule time to pick up the perishable items
- Schedule time to decorate and set the table
- Keep the conversation light and friendly
- Relax and enjoy the party yourself – knowing that you’ve planned everything to the extent possible
- If something doesn’t go as planned, breathe because you’re the only one who knows the plan
Holiday clothes are on sale now. If you don’t have an outfit put together yet, this week is a good time to shop. Take advantage of the fact that the holidays are around the corner.
Attitude is everything:
When Christmas day arrives, remember that you’ve done everything you can to plan for a wonderful day. You can only control yourself and your reactions, not those of other people. If someone isn’t as thrilled as you had hoped with the day that is on them.
Decide that it is going to be a good day. Enjoy the day off. Appreciate the decorations, the music and the companionship of those with whom you spend the day.
Focus on what is, not on what is not.
When the feeling of overwhelm creeps up on you, breath. Think back to the planning you have done. Then relax. Everything is under control. Let the holidays unfold. Participate in the festivities and enjoy!
Diane N. Quintana is a Certified Professional Organizer®, Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization®, Master Trainer and owner of DNQ Solutions, LLC based in Atlanta, Georgia. Diane teaches busy people how to become organized and provides them with strategies and solutions for maintaining order in their lives. She specializes in residential and home-office organizing and in working with people affected by ADD, Hoarding, and chronic disorganization