Happy Holidays!

That phrase is jam- packed full of so much hidden meaning. To some it’s celebrating with family and friends and enjoying the hype of the season; to others it means complete stress and chaos. All the shopping, cooking, and craziness of turning your home into Santa’s workshop can be an over whelming task to accomplish in such a short period of time. I can sit here and tell you to just relax and enjoy the events to come, however some of our personalities don’t allow us to do that. EVERYTHING has to be perfect! As parents we feel we are creating traditions and memories for our families so it has to be done the best! Trust me….they don’t remember everything.

Staying organized during the next few weeks can be a daunting task to achieve. I want to encourage you today that while you are in the moment of the season, you CAN stay organized. Before you pull out all the decorations to use, decide where they will go first. Remove and gently store any current nic-nacs or pictures and look at the space you want to decorate empty first. One aspect that can make your home look too cluttered is putting decorations out with your current ones. Things have to be removed before others can be added. The visual of clutter will add stress to your life. Now visualize the holiday decorations in the space. Before you go shopping for decorations, try to use what you already have. This is also a great time to donate any wreaths, ornaments, nativity scenes, etc. that you have not used in years. In this economy, you can help someone else who may not be able to afford to decorate their home. What a great feeling! Those lights that don’t work (we all have them), recycle them. Beat up gift bags and wrap; recycle. De-cluttering is a great feeling and it can be done during the holidays!

Now kick up your feet and give yourself a big hug for a job well done!

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!