It’s a couple of months till the silly season hits.
And I know already you are probably dreading the added workload, inflated expectations and budget blowouts that are likely to happen. I know what you are thinking ‘another blog about all the ways to get prepared for a perfect Christmas!’
I could give you a step by step plan with ideas on how to manage it all – from planning meals, gift and your schedule. But, instead I want to ask:
“What is your perfect Christmas? What does it mean to you?”
Really have a think about it, what do you want? Instead of Christmas adding to your to do list, how about you take things off? Let’s declutter your to-dos.
Do you need to go to that work or class party?
I know a free glass of champagne is enticing and seeing your friends can be fun but is feeling overstretched worth attending every event you’re invited to?
Is it essential for you to see all the family on Christmas Day?
Maybe negotiate with your family to spread events over a period of a month or two. Are you always the one to host? Do you always have to drive the furthest? Maybe this year is the year that you put you and your family’s needs first.
Is gift giving essential?
Maybe agree that the kids have enough toys, the parents have enough knick knacks cluttering the space and pool a portion of your budgeted funds to buy a great group gift like a theatre or sporting experience, a mini vacation or sponsoring a child for a year.
Is providing a full Jamie Oliver menu necessary?
Sometimes keeping the menu simple, having just a few favourites makes the hero ham or turkey sing. I’m a firm believer in sharing the load, don’t be afraid to ask guests to bring a side. Many hands make light work.
Christmas should be a time for family, friends, celebrating your beliefs and enjoying the holiday season. Like any clutter in your life, if it causes you stress or anxiety declutter the excess so you can enjoy the beauty.
So before the big day overwhelms you, write a plan, then edit it!
Set limits in your diary before the invitations roll in – block out what time you can afford to use for social activities, shopping, cooking, decorating and more.
Have a fabulous Christmas and live life with the #divaeffect
What will you be decluttering this Christmas? Share with us below.