It’s two weeks before the big day and you barely started with the shopping. Perhaps you have several guests coming this year for dinner, over night or for several days and you haven’t got the spare room cleared out of full laundry baskets and half finished DIY’s you’ve been meaning to get to🤔. The kids are home for the holidays and it seems like every area of your home has become a dumping ground for clothes, books and dirty dishes. You hear yet another version of “Santa Clause is Coming to Town”, and let out a long sigh, mourning that lost excitement you once felt at Christmas time…. So what happened?

We know all too well the chaos the holiday season can create. This past year has presented its own set of changes and challenges so you find yourself struggling to find the Christmas Spirit.  This is supposed to be a happy, joyous time to spend in the company of your family and friends but you are dreading the very thought of the occasion because you just can’t seem to “get it together” this year….

A few suggestions..

#1 WRITE IT DOWN: Grab yourself a cup of coffee or glass of wine and just breathe. Find a quiet area of your home to write down those urgent tasks that are bothering you the most. The process of simply writing things down on paper almost immediately alleviates the stress you have all bottled up. Once you have everything written down, scroll over your list and pick out the items you have from most to least important and number them. Next, take out your day planner and choose only 1-3 tasks you can accomplish each day. Give yourself a set time to complete them.

HINT: Try using a timer while doing your scheduled tasks…you’ll be amazed at what you get done. 😊

#2 TASK DELEGATE: If you have kids home from school or visiting relatives, ask them to help out. Go over your list and pick out the items you know each person can probably handle and ….. let them do it! Chances are they won’t mind helping if they know you are feeling a little overwhelmed.

#3 HIRE A PROFESSIONAL : Professionals know how to organize your pantry, decorate your home, shop for that hard to find gift or pick up the Christmas groceries. Don’t be shy or embarrassed about asking for help. Most of us have been where you are and know exactly what to do. There is tremendous value in having someone take care of the chores. Your time is worth something. Why not spend it doing the things that truly matter like hanging out with the kids or just simply taking care of yourself?

#4 PREPARE MEALS AHEAD : Set aside a day or two before the big day to cook the main meals and do the baking. By preparing your turkey and all the trimmings the day before, you save yourself the time and stress of doing everything while your family and company are visiting. All you have to do is heat everything up. Establish a list of what to do in order of heating time and check it off as you go! Baking can be done days or weeks before and put into the freezer until its time to enjoy.

# 5 PERSONAL CARE : This is probably the most important tip we can offer. Make a list of all the things that bring a smile to your face.  Schedule time for yourself during this hectic season to ensure you are at your best. Set aside 15 minutes , an hour, or a whole day for reading, getting a manicure, hair cut, have a bath with some essential oils, take a drive in the country listening to your favorite music, attend a Christmas market or enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a fresh baked bagel from your local bakery. When you put your mind to it you’ll discover so many things you can do to get yourself feeling happy, content and alleviate some stress. Ask your family for support while you take this time for yourself.

“I personally want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year! I would love to hear about some of your “Christmas Chaos”! Maybe I can help… Send me an email and let’s chat! Best Wishes, Alana B. “💕