Now is a great time to…

posted by Aby Garvey on October 30, 2013 10 Comments

If you’re like a lot of people I know, what I’m about to tell you isn’t going to be well received. But I’m going to chance it anyway because I’d really like you to have a happy, calm and relaxed holiday season. So here goes…

Now is a great time to start getting ready for the holidays.

If you dread the holiday season because it is hectic and frenzied, then you probably don’t want to start thinking about the holidays just yet. But, if you dread the holiday season because it is hectic and frenzied, then getting started now is a great idea for you. Here’s why: The more time you have to chip away at a big project like the holidays, the less impact that project will have on your daily life. If you start now, you can do a little bit every week, and enjoy the season that much more. Here’s how to do it.

organize holiday cardsStart by making a list of the things you want and need to do for the season such as sprucing up your home, shopping for gifts and holiday clothes, decorating, baking, sending cards, and so on. Then, assign tasks to the weeks ahead. By spreading out the tasks over the next eight weeks, you’ll eliminate the stress and frenzy you’ve experienced in past years.

The people who have created a plan in my Get Organized for the Holidays online class and followed it, have enjoyed the holiday season much more than in prior years. They’ve been more relaxed and more focused on the real meaning of the season. So if you’re tired of the frenzy, create a simple plan. Wait until Friday when Halloween is over, if that makes you feel better. But if you’re tired of being stressed out during the holidays, a simple plan will solve it!

Happy holidays!


P.S. The final expert guided session of Get Organized for the Holidays ever begins this Thursday! You’ll find out how to create a holiday plan you can use this year and years to come. Eliminate stress from your holiday season by snagging your spot today!

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and coaching program

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  • October 30, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Aby, I absolutely love the Get Organized for the Holidays workshop. My holiday planner has found its own spot on our year round bookcase (at my husband’s request). It has made our holiday planning so much more enjoyable and less stressful. Planning for the craft gifts for this year has already begun, the hiding places for gifts already stumbled upon are being put to good use, and today hubby pulled out the planner while I was at work and got the Fall decorations put up (so nice to know where things go). We’ve saved money after the holidays by purchasing the things we know we’ll need the next year during the post-holiday sales, and hubby knew how much Halloween candy to buy, instead of trying to remember what we bought and whether or not it was enough. I just can’t say enough GREAT things about GOftH. (Oh and that doesn’t even hit on all the really neat traditions from around the world I’ve learned about.)

    November 7, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you!! So glad you enjoy the class. :)

    • October 30, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      I couldn’t make my account working maybe it’s because I’m from Quebec, Canada?

      I couldn’t place my order for the mini guide…. (download) 7.99$

      October 31, 2013 at 7:09 am

      Hi Carmelle,

      I sent you an email. Please check your inbox and we can work this out via email. Thanks!

      • October 30, 2013 at 8:28 pm

        First of all I find that if I start preparing for the next hoilday season as I am putting away the current hoilday it is much easier. As you put away things make a list of what you need for next year. Donate the items you didn’t use. If you think of something you wished you had it goes on your next years list.Tape this list to the back of your calender or put in your home binder.
        When hoilday items go on sale buy them ,cross them off your list and put in storage.
        This can be done for all hoildays!

        • October 30, 2013 at 11:14 pm

          I have a Christmas Binder. In it I list all the things I want to do and the gift lists for loved ones. I have different categories like: sewing, decorations, baking, Christmas dinner prep., traditions (old ones and ones I would like to start), gifts to neighbors, cards, and family gifts. Under each one I write specific items and DATES to accomplish them by. And I start early. One year I had all gifts purchased and wrapped by the end of September. Oh that Christmas was soooo relaxed and enjoyable!
          I have records going back to 1983! yes, that’s right, 1983. I can go back and see what was done and who received what.
          So yes an organized holiday is an enjoyable holiday!
          PS. I am from Canada so Thanksgiving is out of the way in October!

          • October 31, 2013 at 5:00 pm

            Wow, did I need to realize this. What usually happens is I forget to plan, and then things start rolling faster than I can go.
            Thanks for the article! Definitely starting a plan, and I love planning (and then following them, only the latter is harder.)

            • October 31, 2013 at 7:32 pm

              It’s the same thing for me, I don’t have a plan to start. I did some organizing but right now I’m moving all kinds of things to the next room.

              November 7, 2013 at 2:59 pm

              Don’t forget to declutter – let go of things you no longer need – as you’re organizing. :)

              • April 2, 2014 at 10:24 pm

                Hi Aby,
                I found the email you send me. Now the link is ok I can read without all
                kind of mixed words on it.

                Thanks to check it for me..

                Carmelle L.