Create A Holiday Command Center
The holidays can be hectic and overwhelming at times. However, if you manage your activities and your time properly, you can have a peaceful and enjoyable holiday season. Follow these tips to get and stay organized.
Make a holiday task list
Start by creating a master to-do list with everything you need and want to get done over the next several weeks. Use whatever system works for you, whether that's an online calendaring program, a voice-activated system on your smartphone or a large wipe-off calendar in your kitchen. Items you might want to include in your holiday task list include:
Once you have created a main list of tasks, break each one down into smaller pieces and place deadlines for each piece on your calendar. Give yourself plenty of time in case you run into any snags along the way.
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Maintain your focus
Don't get overwhelmed this holiday season. You don't have to say yes to every invitation. Maintain your focus and stick to events and activities that are meaningful to you and your family. Enlist the help of your hubby and kids to keep the house as neat and organized as possible. Don't sweat the small stuff -- it really doesn't matter if you haven't swept out the pantry or dusted the blinds this week.
Delegate some of the tasks on your to-do list to those who are willing to help. For example, it might be worth it to you to pay the teen who lives up the street $50 to do all your gift wrapping. Also, be sure to take time out for yourself. The holidays aren't intended to be about a bunch of stress and obligations -- you are supposed to enjoy them.
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Create a command center
Organizational expert, fashionista and author of Lists for Life, Rory Tahari offers these helpful tips to get organized this holiday season. Tahari recommends creating a centralized command center in your home to manage all the activities.
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