Are You Feeling Festive Stress?

The holiday season upon us again. It brings parties, gifts and, for many, stress. According to The New York Post, “Festive stress” is real… It reports that 31 percent of Americans describe the holiday season as “frantic,” and 41 percent admit to working “too hard” to achieve the “perfect Christmas.”

One approach that may help reduce overall stress this season is a focus on organizing. According to The Mayo Clinic, decluttering can have as much of an effect on your well-being as it does on your physical space. It notes that “having fewer things means making fewer choices throughout the day. And that may add up to less willpower spent trying to make the right ones.”

So, now may be a great time to think about organizing, purging and decluttering as you prepare for another season of giving.

Professional organizer, JoAnn Krall, runs a 29-day program of cleaning and decluttering for the home called Clearing a Path to Peace. From her professional POV, now is the perfect time to get started on organizing ahead of Santa’s big night. And, she offers the following tips:

Inventory and purge. Schedule time about a month and a half before the holiday and pull out all your holiday-related items including decorations, baking/cooking specialty items, and wrapping supplies. This gives you time to inventory what you have, which will help you cut down on unnecessary purchases and also gives you time to donate, consign, or sell items.

Let go of items that you no longer love or need. If you do this early enough you could consider having a holiday specific yard sale. This can also be a good time to consign, but be sure to check with your local consignment shops as to when they accept holiday items. If you miss the deadlines set aside a bin of items for next year and put those dates on your calendar.

Make lists. Your lists might include tasks, gifts, food, and events. Keeping everything in one notebook or digital list and have it with you always. Carry coupons that you have clipped as well. When first making the lists, you can do a big brain dump to get everything out of your mind. Then you can organize that into lists that make sense to you. You may even find tasks that you can let go of further reducing your stress!

Get into a cleaning and decluttering routine. Chipping away at things really does add up and using a spare 15 minutes or so each day makes it more manageable.  Having things in order before you decorate, shop and entertain reduce the stress.

You can see JoAnn’s full post here. It includes a number of tips that can help you declutter your life and your holidays.

Are you ready to de-stress?