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Prepare Your Home for a Stress-Free Holiday Season!

They're coming…

You know the feeling… the holidays are a month away… then two weeks… then one week — and suddenly they’re here!

You find yourself frantically trying to tidy your home to welcome guests, organize the kitchen to prepare big meals, and get your life in order so you can enjoy and savor the season, too!

It’s all so much, and while we want a joyful and cozy holiday season, it’s hard to stay in the moment when we’re feeling overwhelmed.

It might feel early, but I’m bringing it up now to help you start planning and set yourself up for success later.

How to Set Up a Drop Zone in Your House:  Think about the items you frequently need when you leave the house and the items that usually get dropped by the door or on the counter when your family gets home. Things like keys, wallet, phone, shoes, coat, water bottle, backpacks, homework or papers, etc. Choose a spot near the door you use most often and assess the amount of space you have available when setting up your zone. Decide on categories for your zone. Multiple family members? A section for each person is ideal. Use shelves, cubbies, hooks, or whatever your space allows to assign a home for each item listed in the first step. Examples: a hook for backpacks, a shoe rack, a tray for keys, etc. If your kids bring home papers from school, set up a folder for each child and help them get in the habit of placing papers that need your attention inside. If the folders don’t fit in your Drop Zone, they can go somewhere else instead. This folder should frequently get emptied because they are papers that need action (permission slips, flyers, etc.). When you get home in the evening, place everything where it belongs so you’ll know where to find it again in the morning.

It took me years to get to the point where I could simply enjoy the holiday season. I was so stressed and overwhelmed by everything, but now I’m able to soak up all the joy and tradition while spending time with my family.

That’s the feeling I want you to have this holiday season, too!


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