Monday, December 19, 2011

Tips for Tackling Christmas Week

It's here - Christmas week.  How do you prepare?  What keeps you on track and your stress level down during this busy week?

We are hosting a big family gathering on the 23rd and again on Christmas day.  Being organized helps to keep things fairly sane around here! For me, being organized starts with a list.

This morning finds me propped up with a cup of coffee and spiral notebook in hand.  I have two lists started.  One titled home, the other go. My lists are not fancy. I keep them handy and write things down as I think of them. My home list is filled with everything I need to do around the house. The go list includes everything away from home. A wise woman once said, let paper remember so you can forget!

Another tool I use to keep me organized and sane is a daily chore list from the Home Ec 101 blog.  There is a little note posted with a short list of chores for the day.

Home Ec 101 blog by Heather Solos can be found here.
This works well for my slightly ADHD personality.  Keeps me focused, it's short and not overwhelming.  By doing these daily chores my house stays clean and it's not a big deal to get ready for company.

Three more tips:

Don't give up your daily exercise! For me, it's hard enough to be motivated on a normal day. During a busy week it's so easy to let this one slide. Don't do it! You will love yourself for taking the time to de-stress by some type of daily work out.  Walk, run, bike, gym, weights, dvd. Whatever it is... just do it!

Remember the reason for the season. I love to read the story of Jesus birth found in Luke chapter two verses 1-20.  I also like to read a touching story throughout the season.  Jan Karon's book Shepherds Abiding is a good read.

Have fun! Be flexible. Even with lists and organization things don't always go exactly as planned. Enjoy the moment and the people in your life. That's what it's all about!

I'm off for a morning run!

If you have any questions or tips on getting through this busy week you can leave a comment or contact me by e-mail -

1 comment:

Florence said...

Oh how I am a list maker, trying not to let myself down by not getting it all done. Taking that hour out of your day to get in a good walk its perfect, puts all back into perspective, I think! Hugs! Florence