I know the holidays are coming up quickly and I do not know where the time went! I love the upcoming holidays and I hope everyone will not be to stressed out during this time and really enjoy the time with friends and family. To do this I wanted to send you some checklists and small projects to do before your kids and work schedules get crazy. Here are some ideas to think about as the holidays approach:
- Start writing down a list of family, friends, neighbors and co-workers that you would like to give a gift to. This year could be the year where you give the gift of your time. This could mean offering your time to help with their grocery shopping, or doing some errands or help cooking for the holidays. Some people don’t necessarily need gifts but the gift of your time may be just what they need!
- Consider making a change this year and donate gifts or money to charities in your area that you are passionate about. There are several ways that you can contribute a gift to a family members favorite charity, or donate money for a scholarship to your kids high school or college alma mater. And unfortunately we may know someone who is dealing with a death in the family and would be grateful if you contributed to one of their charities.
- Before the holidays start and you know you will be cooking, go through your pantry and determine what food ingredients you have already that is GOOD to use for your meals. When I work with clients and they ask me how long a certain type of food is good for, I ask them “If you were to use this food ingredient today to cook or bake with, would you use it?” If the answer is no, then you should get rid of it and no need to keep it if you are not going to use it now or it may make you feel sick. If during the holidays is the only time you bake and you have not used those ingredients for a year, consider getting new ingredients.
- Introduce your kids, friends and even co-workers to watch great holiday movies and attend holiday events! I know there are many wonderful movies now on the Hallmark Channel for the holidays, and classic movies on TV or purchase the DVD. Also check out your local community announcements for events for kids and adults. It is great to get out and enjoy the happiness at this special time of year and to spend time together!
If you need some holiday organizing help or consulting advice concerning your home or office, please let me know and I will be happy to help you. I hope you all have a great holiday season and a wonderful start to 2019!