How to Avoid Stress During Holiday Preparations

How to Avoid Stress During Holiday Preparations

With the holidays just around the corner, many people are thinking of the get-togethers they will soon have with their families and friends. The joy of gathering together in one place offers a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and create memories year after year.

However, with all the fun and merriment that the holiday season brings, there is also a lot of stress during preparations. Because there are many to think about, such as holiday decorations, shopping for gifts, and making holiday meals, it can be easy to become overwhelmed.

To help you avoid stress during holidays, here are a few tips:

  • Plan ahead. It is never too early to start planning your holiday feast and how you plan to entertain and welcome guests. Create a list of what you need to do and what you want to have happen when guests are in your house. This will give you an idea of the things you need to shop for and to prepare for your home ahead of time.
  • Clean and service your kitchen appliances. Your kitchen will be the busiest room in the house during the holidays, so in order to make everything run smoother and faster, make sure your kitchen appliances are functioning well.
  • Start reducing clutter at home. Even if the holidays may be a few weeks away, reducing clutter in phases can significantly reduce your cleaning workload when the holidays are a few days away. For example, on one day, you can sort your refrigerator and throw out old items, so you have enough space to store new food.  On another day, you can polish your wood furniture.
  • Prepare your guest rooms. You may have guests who will stay at your house, so be sure your guestroom is always ready for them by already adding necessities such as clean towels and bathroom essentials.
  • Delegate work. Do not take on all the responsibilities when it comes to holiday celebrations. Remember, even if you are the hosts everyone must take part for the celebration to be a success. You can organize a potluck where everyone can bring a food item to share at the meal. Also, have your spouse or children help you cooking and clean the house.
  • Decorate ahead. Hang holiday decorations as early as possible, so you don’t have to worry about them at the last minute.  Plus, it will allow you to enjoy a magical feeling in your home.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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