There is one secret and one secret only to staying organized during the holidays, yup… just one! It’s super simple and it will not cost you a dime.
If there is one thing that we have learned in our house during this crazy time of year, it’s the fact that staying organized is nearly impossible. The ONLY thing you NEED to know to accomplish the “how to stay organized during the holidays” deal is this:
Yes, I said it. Just don’t even try to stay organized during the holidays. Seriously! That is the trick on how to stay organized during the holidays.
Okay, so yes you need clean clothes and clean dishes to eat off of… I get it. But honestly, when Christmas Eve and Christmas Day come around, just relax and focus on the task at hand… which would be getting to an event (close) to on time, and make sure everyone is wearing pants. That’s it! That’s all you have to do!
Once those gifts are wrapped and ready to go all labeled, it’s so easy to pack up the car and go. Or stay, whatever you do to celebrate the most wonderful time of year.
Easier said than done, I know.
But you do not need the house in a perfectly clean order even if you are hosting. It’s called a closet and it has a closed door for a reason.
Since not being organized at all is not realistic, there are a few other tips and tricks that I have to share with you other than simply just NOT trying to accomplish the “how to stay organized during the holidays” thing.
Here are the top three things we focus on in our house during the holiday season.
One: Know and understand that a schedule will not be followed
Keep that schedule the best you can but know that it will not happen to a ‘T’.
If you stick somewhat close to it, then mama is happy. If mama is happy, then everyone is happy! Kids thrive on schedules and routines, the holidays throw that for a serious loop.
Take the judgment that people are giving you and brush it off. Or let them know that they can take the kids for the night then after they’ve missed a nap and didn’t get to eat dinner until 8 pm…. then they will see what you mean by your kids turn into monsters if they don’t nap or eat on time. They are not their kids to tell what to do, how to do it and when to do it.
You need to do you and stick to your guns.
If you miss by an hour, your kid (might) be okay without that nap then, by all means, go for it… one day will not change the WORLD for them. A cranky kid might not be any fun, but it definitely is not the end of the world and they’ll bounce back quicker than you can ever imagine.
Two: Let the kids play with their new toys
All too often I hear and see parents saying “nope, we’ll open it later” or “we need to wait until we get home”.
What is the harm in opening it now unless you plan on returning it? Or if it’ll cause massive chaos between all of the kids there (this is hard to explain to a child). If you plan on keeping the gift, then just open the damn thing.
Obviously finish opening gifts fist, otherwise, they may get distracted with the new shiny objects. This typically isn’t a problem since nearly every kid in the world loves opening presents.
Do you know how awesome it is to have an occupied child while adults enjoy their own gift opening in peace and quiet! Send them off to the room across the way and let them play with all of their new goodies.
Three: Mom and Dad communicate
When mom and dad are stressed, the kids feed off of it. They pick up on those things, if you are stressed then the kids will be stressed and act out.
We have learned a nice little secret.
If we communicate about feeling anxious or stressed, then the calm parent stays with the kids for a moment and lets the other go take a minute to themselves to calm down… of course knowing that the tables will turn eventually.
Communicate with each other when you are feeling this way! Let each other take a break for a while each day during those days home with the kids.
Give each other some of that much-needed space to unwind and calm down after all of the crazy chaos that consumes us during the holiday season.
Not the answer you were looking for? Sorry, not sorry.
Hate to break it to you, but this is the only way that we can get through the chaos of the holiday season in our house is to remember that we do NOT need to be extremely organized, and things will work out just fine.
We try and stick to our schedule as best we can, but we are well aware of the fact that it most likely will not work out that way and we are okay with it.
We let our kids play with their new toys almost instantly so adult time can actually happen.
Last but not least, we communicate throughout those crazy days and make sure we are open and honest about how mom and dad are feeling.
There are going to be cranky adults and cranky children, food you probably don’t like and someone will most likely get a cold or be sick during one of the holidays. It is what it is at that point and making the best of it is what will get you through.
Holidays happen once per year, so embrace it. Embrace the chaos it brings because these are the times that you remember.
The kids WILL remember how much fun you had, they will remember that you were there and they will remember events that occur such as Santa leaving cookies half-eaten.
What they will NOT remember is if presents were wrapped or in a bag, they won’t even remember what they got and from who, they will not remember if dinner was cleaned up or if clothes were not folded. They will not remember you vacuuming or sweeping. They will not remember if things were put away/picked up at home after a crazy day.
You should not remember those things too and focus on what really matters… the time with loved ones.
That’s all for now friends. Now take a breath and chill out dude because Christmas is almost here and chaos is going to take over.
Embrace it, love it, and LIVE it. CHEERS MAMA!