I generally consider myself to be a well organized human. I keep my home clean and tidy, I color code my calendar, and I’m particularly good at organizing and managing my time to accomplish a large “to-do” list and meet deadlines in my professional life. Yet somehow, all those skills are fruitless when it comes to the holidays. (I don’t even have kids and I constantly feel like I’m scrambling). I personally credit a lack of holiday organization for the reason it took me four years to actually send out holiday cards after deciding I wanted to. It’s the reason I end up baking Thanksgiving pies at midnight and running out of Halloween candy half-way through the night. And it’s the reason why holiday decorating plans tend to just stay a collection of ideas organized on my Pinterest board. (I still decorate for the holidays. It’s a yearly goal to make the inside of my house feel like it’s vomiting holiday cheer, but using any sort of theme or any plan to replace the now-slightly-crummy paper decorations I made years ago goes out the window once the holidays arrive.) I love the holidays to a fault, but even I’ll admit they can be a hectic and stressful time.
But not this year! This year, I’m going to apply all my organization and time management skills to have a relaxed, stress-free, beautifully decorated holiday season… or at least that what I keep telling myself.
I know what you’re thinking. It’s not even Halloween and I’m talking about the holidays? Isn’t that a little early? Nope! (Unless, maybe, if you happen to be a total grinch—cramming all your grinchiness into that window of time between Nov. 1 and New Years when you can’t walk into a shop without hearing a Mariah Carey Christmas song. Though …even then, it’s not a bad idea to pre-think out your holiday heckles). So how exactly do I plan on accomplishing my stress-free holiday season? Mainly by chunking, planning ahead, and sticking to a fuck budget.
*It’s important to note that when sorting your holiday obligations, you can decline to participate in ones that don’t fit into your fuck budget but that doesn’t mean to be a jerk about it. There is a polite way to opt out and a rude way. Try not to burn bridges in the name of decluttering your holiday obligations.
GRETCHEN IS A WRITER-BASED IN PORTLAND, ORE. SHE GOT HER START AS A JOURNALIST WORKING ON THE SUSTAINABLE FASHION AND RESTAURANT BEAT BEFORE MOVING INTO COPYWRITING AND ADVERTISING WORK. SHE CURRENTLY BLOGS AND WORKS AS A FREELANCE WRITER.