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In just a few short weeks, the holidays will be upon us and the stores will be beautifully lit and perfectly decorated, displaying neatly packaged gifts for us to purchase. We generally expect for retail stores to have everything we need to begin our holiday shopping several weeks before Christmas. So why not take a lesson from their books and begin your holiday preparation early? In fact, most major retail stores have their holiday shopping gifts in stock as early as September. Instead of waiting in long lines and buying gifts at the last minute, consider the alternative of being organized and prepared! With proper planning, you can enjoy the holiday season instead of feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Here are some organization tips to help you to have a less stressful holiday season!
Jacquie's Tip: Create a holiday shopping notebook that you can refer to every year. Note down your holiday card list, gift giving list and gift ideas. After each shopping trip, make a note of what you have purchased, including the cost of each item and the recipient. It will be a great reference tool for the upcoming years.
Jacquie's Tip: At the end of the holiday season, go shopping to take advantage of holiday cards and gift wrap at reduced prices.
Jacquie's Tip: Before you leave for your holiday shopping trips, make sure you have everything you need. You should have your gift giving list, clothing sizes (if applicable), wish lists and budget. Also, if you wear comfortable clothing and footwear, you will have a better shopping experience.
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Jacquie's Tip: If your home is cluttered, it is not too late to begin de-cluttering and organizing your rooms in time for the holidays. Today's marketplace offers an abundance of products to assist you in getting your home organized.
Jacquie's Tip: Have fun during your gift wrapping sessions. Enlist family members to help. Keep plenty of supplies available, including tape, ribbons, bows, scissors, etc. Enjoy your favorite holiday drink and listen to holiday music! Suddenly, it won't feel like such a chore.
Finally, for everything to run smoothly, it's important to write everything down, coordinate schedules with your family and use your calendar diligently. There are far too many things going on to try to keep it all in your head. When you have an organized holiday season, you'll be more relaxed and ready for the big day. Have a wonderful holiday season!
Jacquie Ross is a Professional Organizer, writer and owner of CastAway the Clutter! and Halo Organizers. A member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, she teaches homeowners and small home based business owners how to reclaim their time and space. Sign up for free organizing tips.
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