The Holidays Are Almost Here!  More Prep Equals Less Stress!

The holidays are almost here!  It’s a joyful time filled with family and friends but it can also be a bit stressful.  Spending some time preparing will result in a less stressful, more fun holiday season.  Below are three tips to help you get started:

1.  Clean out your pantry.

Food is always a big part of the holidays so now is the perfect time to clean out your pantry.  Throw out expired food and donate food that you know you won’t use.  Also, be sure to clean the shelves, storage containers and the floor.  You will feel so good starting the holidays with a clean, organized space.  It will also make cooking and baking so much easier when you can see exactly what you have. 

2. Plan ahead and simplify.

If you are traveling over the holidays, put together your plan early.  Figure out what needs to be done at home before you go.  Use a packing list (email me if you want a copy of mine!).  If you are hosting, figure out your meal plans as early as possible.  I like to have a mix of things I can make ahead of time and pre-made items I can easily pick up.  You don’t have to make everything from scratch! 

3.  Assign tasks to others. 

If you have family and friends visiting for the holidays, be sure to ask for help.  Ask guests to bring appetizers or desserts.  Hand a guest the recipe and ingredients for a big batch cocktail.  Most people want to be involved and help out (isn’t that why everyone always hangs out in the kitchen?), so just ask. 

With these few tips, you can definitely feel more in control and have more fun during the holiday season.  I would love to hear some of the things you do to make your holidays a bit easier.  Email me at jenn@thestyledsort and I will share the tips I receive via Facebook and Instagram.  Happy Holidays!

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