Do you want to minimize stress and make the most of this holiday season? Then this is the challenge for you! We’ve put together a 4-week plan with tips, tricks and hacks to help you get through the holiday season with nothing but smiles. From gift giving to holiday decor, there are quite a few tasks on the seasonal to-do list that can be knocked out now, so why wait? Take a deep breath, and get ahead of the holidays with the help of StyleBlueprint!
Week 1: Get everything scheduled.
This is the week to start mapping out your plans. That means planning dates for — and booking — your holiday travel as well as planning your various appointments. Set aside some time this week, grab the phone or computer, and get your appointments made so you don’t get shut out. Here are this week’s to-do’s:
- Plan the dates for your holiday travel, and go ahead and book your hotels, flights and rental cars.
- Schedule your seasonal HVAC tune-up so you’re ready when the weather turns cold.
- Schedule the gutter & window cleaning.
- If you’ve met your insurance deductible, make sure you schedule every last doctor appointment you may need before the end of the year.
- Book your hair and beauty appointments now — it’s hard to get squeezed in during the holiday party season!
- If you’ll need additional house cleanings before or after hosting parties or house guests, make sure you get those on the books.
Week 2: Tackle the little to-do’s.
Now that your appointments have been made and your schedule is set, it’s time to turn your attention to holiday preparation details. This week’s task list isn’t too time-consuming, but it IS filled with easily forgotten preparation steps that can easily fall through the cracks or sneak up at the last minute if you’re not properly prepared. Thankfully, though, you will be ready! Here’s what to knock out this week:
- Take inventory of your dishes, glasses and linens. Make a list of any holes that need filling before your holiday gatherings and festivities.
- Clean out your fridge and freezer! Toss the expired salad dressings, and unearth (and toss!) the leftovers that have slowly been pushed to the back.
- Now that you have a clean fridge and freezer, you have space to work with, which means now’s the perfect time to bake treats, cook appetizers, etc., that can be made ahead of time and frozen. Think sausage balls, holiday cookies and the like. (Check out the SB recipe section for some tasty ideas!)
- Make a list of everyone you’re buying gifts for this season — family, friends, teachers, coaches, co-workers, etc.
- Finally, create your gift budget. Determine how much you intend to spend on each person for whom you’re buying, and stick to it!
Week 3: Grab your calendar and place your orders.
- Research and lineup volunteer opportunities for the season.
- Find and order your family’s Christmas jammies. Macy’s has a good selection this year!
- Order holiday cards. Minted.com always has beautiful ones that can be customized.
- Select your must-see holiday events and buy tickets.
- Block off shopping days so you know you’ll have time to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.
Week 4: Your final six tasks for complete holiday organization dominance.
Now, here’s our fourth and final list to knock out so you can enter the holiday season with ease!
- Establish a plan to stay healthy through the holidays. Whether that’s cutting out alcohol, sugar or committing to eight hours of sleep, map out your plan to keep yourself in top form for the end-of-the-year hustle!
- Make peace over differences with anyone with whom you’ll be gathering during the holidays. It’s easier to do it ahead of time!
- Address and stamp your holiday cards so they’re ready to be dropped in the mailbox.
- Line up your babysitter(s) for upcoming date-nights, holiday parties and seasonal events. Our go-to babysitting service is Wyndy. (Check out this amazing service HERE.)
- Plan Thanksgiving and other holiday menus so it’s easier to execute and start cooking ahead when appropriate.
- Don’t forget to select your own holiday party date & go ahead and order the invitations while you’re at it!