The holidays can be hectic. Before you get stressed out, try simplifying some of your holiday routines with these 4 tips from Domestic CEO.
The holidays can be hectic. Most of us at one time or another have felt like we have more than we can handle in not enough days. While it’s easy to get wrapped up in the busy-ness of the holidays, sometimes it helps to step back, take a deep breath, and reprioritize the tasks from our long to-do lists.
If you're starting to feel the stress of the holidays building, today’s episode is for you. I’m going to give you a few tips to help simplify 4 of the most stressful parts of the giving season:
Tip #1: Simplify Your Communications
The first area to consider simplifying is your holiday card system. It’s easy to fall prey to the pressure of getting the right card sent to the right list of people. I have known many folks who have gotten so stressed out about making their holiday card “just right” that they actually missed sending them out before Santa's arrival, only to throw the whole stack away because they weren’t willing to send a Christmas card in January. Sound familiar?
Maybe you’ve never thrown out an entire box of Christmas cards, but if you find yourself stressing over making the cards perfect, there are a few things you can do to simplify the process.
First, use address labels instead of handwriting your friends’ and family’s information on the front of each envelope. Avery, one of the most popular label companies, has templates on their website for each of the mailing labels you can purchase. Simply download the template, create labels for each of the cards you want to send, then print them off year after year with no work.
If you want to simplify the process even more, there are card services like Send Out Cards, which allow you to can create a card online, enter the address information, and a physical holiday card will magically mail out to each of the people on your list. You can add pictures, a personal message, and even a signature to the cards, all with just a few clicks of your mouse. With both of these options, it will take a little bit of effort to set up on the first year, but it will save you lots of time in the future!
Tip #2: Simplify Shopping
The next area we can look to simplify is the holiday shopping experience. It’s so easy to get stressed out by going to the malls, fighting the crowds, and overspending, so the key to simplifying holiday shopping is spending the least amount of time in the stores as possible.
To make this happen, it’s best to do all planning and research before you step into a store. Make a list of each person you want to get a gift for, as well as a few gift ideas for each one. Then, most importantly, when you get to the stores, stick to that list. The malls are full of stimulation, which can be great if you are trying to get in the holiday spirit.
But if you're trying to remember what color is your niece’s favorite while hoards of people are pushing past you, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Having all the details written down will not only allow you to get quickly in and out of stores, but it will also help you remember all the important details.