Tips for Seasonal Decorating
The leaves are turning and the temperature is dropping, brrrrrr, it must be Fall, my absolute favorite season of the year! I’m one of those people that loves to decorate seasonally, which means bringing down the storage bins and taking out those precious decorations, packing up my regular stuff and securing it away until its over (boo). As a home and office organizer and someone who prides herself on keeping it simple and having fun with the holidays, I’ve learned a few tricks to keep it fun and stress free.
Tip One: I use the same bins that hold my holiday decorations to hold what is coming down until after the holidays.
Tip Two: I use clear bins so I can easily see what’s inside.
Tip Three: I keep like with like. Halloween stuff in one bin, Thanksgiving stuff in another (or two), and so on. Nothing is worse than having to go through a ton of stuff to get to what you want.
Tip Four: Include the wee ones. The holidays can be stressful or stress free and fun. I include my three-year old granddaughter in most everything I do around the house, taking down decorations, packing them up, going on a scavenger hunt for the next season’s decorations. We make it a game and she’s really become a great little helper!
Tip Five: Plan for tomorrow at the end of each day. Take 15 minutes at the end of every day to create tomorrow’s do – to – list. This habit of planning will give you the gift of focus, allowing you to get a jump-start on the new day. In a sense, you’re creating a map for the following day. By writing down things that needs to be accomplished tomorrow today, you can prioritize and feel the wonderful energy that comes with checking things off the list! Who doesn’t love to check things off the list?
Tip Six: Resist the urge to continually check email or social media!!!! Instead, set specific times – perhaps once in the morning, afternoon and evening – doing so will not only free up time, it will create a whole new way of being PRESENT that will change the way you engage in the world. Try it.
“Time is free, but its priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.”Harvey MacKay
ORGANIZING PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS/RESOURCES:
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