Welcome to week 2 of #uncomplicateyourholidays where I’m sharing suggestions for short tasks you can do NOW to make the holidays easier this year. Each week has a different task that I guarantee will make your holidays a little less stressful and a lot less overwhelming. Who else would like to #uncomplicateyourholidayseason?
Question for you: do you shop ahead of time for gifts? I do 🙋🏼♀️
Yay! It is great to purchase gifts when you’re traveling or when you see something you know a friend or family member would love.
Some of us like shopping for gifts when they are on sale which may not be close to the time we are giving it.
The problem with this is forgetting what you’ve bought because you threw it in a closet that’s disorganized and cluttered. Because out of sight is out of mind and if you don’t see it you tend to OVERSHOP.
For this week, to help you #uncomplicate your holiday season I want you to focus on your gift stash/ closet
- Pull all of the intended gifts out and make sure they are still in good condition
- If anything is no longer an appropriate gift, give it away
Sometimes we purchase for an occasion and then it doesn’t feel right for whatever reason—maybe the recipient outgrew it or changed jobs. I’ve seen many gift closets where someone has stocked up on baby gifts and forgot about them until the kids were in school. 🙈 It happens, don’t sweat it! Just donate it to make room for other timely, appropriate gifts.
- Group gifts together by category (hostess gifts or food or beauty) or intended recipient before putting back in place.
- If you know who the gift is for right now, add a stickie note to the outside with the intended recipient’s name and occasion such as “Laura b-day.” Don’t give your brain something else to remember–write it down!
I’m willing to bet if you shop ahead of time for gifts, you haven’t cleaned out your stash in a while or maybe even ever! Now is a good time to organize your gift closet (or cabinet, box, or wherever you keep your gift stash) so that you can find the right gift at the right time.
There’s nothing worse than finding that perfect birthday gift you bought a week after their birthday!
Plus you’ll be ahead of the game when it comes to end of year gift giving because you’ll already know what you’ve got!
If you’re eager for more tips and a solution to make the holidays easier, keep reading to see information about my bundled solution called Holiday Smart Solution Bundle ™!