How to Plan Your Stress-Free Holiday

Holiday planning can be a real challenge, even for the most prepared person. However, if you’re like most people, ummm….I’m certainly no exception to this rule, you’re just flying by the seat of your pants!

Believe it or not, we’re just on the cusp of the holiday season. AAAGH! With November already in progress, we need to focus on the dreaded holiday plans!!  Dun dun duuuuuuun!! There’s a lot to do and because of that, it can be daunting and oh so stressful.

Below you’ll find some helpful tips and tricks to assist you with relieving some of your holiday stress. I can’t tell you it will all be gone though. I mean, we all have those folks that we are bound to by blood…or marriage. That, I am afraid, I just can’t help you with.

holiday shoppingBE LIKE SANTA – MAKE A LIST

So, first things first, MAKE A LIST! I know, you are not the big man up north, but lists are uber helpful when you’re trying to get organized and can help calm the stress of the holidays. I suggest a list for meal/event planning, one per holiday plus a separate list for food shopping, and another list for gift ideas. If it is easier for you to make one list for all those who you plan to purchase gifts for, so be it. I prefer an individualized list for each person. Remember to include folks like your garbage men, postal carrier, hair dresser, nanny and/or daycare staff, etc.

listThe upside to lists, at least for me, is when I complete something I get to cross it off! I feel such a sense of accomplishment; a surge of glee and then a bit of stress vanishes. It is AWESOME! Yes, I realize that I’m sort of weird about that, but a task completed is a task completed…celebrate however you see fit.

 

PBS created a fantastic list for Thanksgiving planning. Click here to download the list. I mean why recreate the wheel?

For Christmas, there are gobs of sites out there that you can utilize for lists. There are sites with lists for printables, binders with various pages and dividers (if you will), and all-inclusive lists. I like to create a hybrid list. I use a few ideas I find online and then incorporate my stuff into them. Do whatever you like. This will make your life easier.

For Chanukah, I found a great printable list that you can download by clicking here.

Celebrating Kwanzaa, no worries. Top Party Ideas put together a fantastic list of all things Kwanzaa to help you get ready to host your next party! Check it out here.

Real Simple has created a stellar guide to all things New Years Eve-y. Click here to check out there epic site with how to’s, lists, ideas, etc.

For any other parties you might be putting together this holiday season, Real Simple has a generic checklist you can use by clicking here.

hire-helpHIRE HELP

You’re not wonder woman…right? Sometimes it pays to hire outside help. It can be a huge time saver, a BIG stress reliever, and it’ll help make you feel much more organized.

If you’re not Betty Crocker and you prefer to leave the cooking to someone else, cater your party. You can utilize your local grocer, like Publix, Winn Dixie, Whole Foods, or you can hire a local catering outfit. Ask around for referrals or go online and read reviews.

If you are hosting a party at your home, hire a party server. This way you can enjoy yourself without the added stress of setting up the food stations, serving the food, and cleaning up.

If you need to shop for food and/or gifts, consider hiring a nanny to watch the kids. This way you can shop leisurely, kid free, and stress free.

If you have lists made but don’t have the time or desire to schlep to the store, hire an errand service. You provide your lists and method of payment and your professional errand runner does the rest!

Lastly, if you don’t already have one, hire a cleaning service. This will take a ton of stress away. Ask around. Your friends and family might have someone fabulous they can recommend! Now you won’t have to run around like a crazy person trying to clean up before your guests arrive.

spa-dayTAKE A BREATHER

Now that you know the basics and have some tools to help you tackle this holiday season with ease, take a moment for yourself. Whether you book a spa day, go out to dinner with your significant other, or just grab a glass of your favorite beverage, take a moment to relax and diffuse.

Of course, Nannies Who Care would be happy to provide you with a nanny so you can take that much deserved break. It’ll be win-win! The kids get a fun nanny AND you get to recharge your batteries. Everything is way less stressful so you can finally enjoy the holiday season.

Wishing you a happy and stress-free holiday season!

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Sheryl Sheppard
Marketing & Placement Specialist
Nannies Who Care

Sheryl is a proud mother of two boys, both of which are soccer players (yup, a true soccer mom). She has been happily married for 16+ years. When Sheryl isn’t writing blog posts, scheduling nannies, or marketing for Nannies Who Care, she is either driving to some remote soccer field or packing healthy lunches.

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