Monday, August 27, 2018

Prepping for the Holidays

While shopping during the holidays, stores are decked out with holiday festive decor, the commercials are filled with happy families sitting around a table with a breathtaking “tablescape” eating an elaborate dinner. The whimsical stories being told at school have children squealing with delight as they anxiously count down the days.

 The holidays are supposed to be days and nights filled with love, laughter, celebration, great food, family and friends. That is if you are financially, physically and mentally prepared. Instead of feeling those joyous sentiments, if you wait last minute you can be filled with anxiety, stress and frustration.

 Cleaning team from Perth can get your house prepared for you, which will at least cross one thing off your to-do-list. Plus, if you’re the grand host for this year’s holiday festivities, you won’t have those judge-filled relatives commenting on your home’s cleanliness!

With that being said, it is never too soon to start preparing for the holiday rush.

Plan Ahead 
Create a holiday planner for yourself starting from October through the New Year's celebrations. Include everything that you have done from previous years and things that are new that you would like to incorporate such as family traditions, community events, church, even your company holiday party. Make a list of people you want to give gifts to, food dishes you want to make, the meals you want to serve, the parties you plan to host or attend, etc.

 After you are done with this list you can evaluate how realistic your list is for your schedule and finances. You may decide to cut from the list or try to figure out what you can move around and change. It will help you gain some organization and control over how you spend your time and energy, making sure you are doing things you actually enjoy doing.

Create a Working Budget for the Holidays 
Take the time to think about how much money you can actually afford to set aside for each person you want to purchase gifts for. Having a budget written down now may keep you from having the urge to overspend once the holidays are in full swing. Give yourself some room for unexpected expenses as they are bound to happen.

Make Reservations for Holiday Travel and Events 
Not only do they fill up fast, the airlines and hotels raise their prices during the holiday season. So before the prices hike up and sell out, it is best to purchase your airfare and lodging early. By doing so you will cut down on a large part of your stress.

Shop Early 
By planning ahead and creating a budget, it will help make it easier for you to get your holiday shopping finished the earlier the better. Use the list of people you want to purchase gifts for and then brainstorm ideas for gifts for each person. This will help you while you are out, so you can be on the lookout for those gifts and watch for sales on the things you want to give.

We all know that the holiday season can be filled with nonstop engagements and excitement. You can enjoy the holidays even more by preparing for them. That is all the more reason to make sure personal time and self-care are a priority even during the holiday season. You can quite easily reach your breaking point, so divide responsibilities amongst yourself and other family members to release some of the pressure.

The most important thing is to be present in the moment and enjoy spending the quality time with your loved ones.

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