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Hosting the holidays this year? These 5 steps to prep and plan will help you alleviate stress!

Cleaning Schedule

Instead of performing a mega-cleaning-blitz the day of, create a targeted cleaning plan a few days before, tackling some high priority areas. Doing this will allow you to focus on the most important tasks on the actual holiday (like that 20 lb bird you have to cook) without having to do more than a quick touch up in the bathroom.

De-Clutter

Set larger furniture items or clutter away in a local self-storage unit so that you have more room to entertain. With unnecessary items packed off site, your guests can move around freely and your home will appear more spacious. With units available to fit nearly any budget, you can even keep your storage unit year round, maximizing space within your home by rotating seasonal items back and forth as needed.

Cook Sides in Advance

Believe it or not, there are many delicious sides you can make the day before (or even week before if you freeze them) and then reheat the day of. Doing so will make your kitchen seem less chaotic the day of, providing you with the opportunity to spend more time with family and friends and less time in the kitchen.

Assign Jobs

Rather than take on each and every task yourself, attach tasks to sticky notes that are placed on a wall or cabinet door, so that when people come to you asking, “How can I help?” you can point to the post it notes and tell them to pick a task! People appreciate having the opportunity to contribute, and you won’t feel as much pressure to perform to perfection.

Have a Hideaway

Is there a family member you really can’t stand or are you overwhelmed by large crowds? Create a safe space for yourself where you can hide out for a few minutes to re-energize. Let your partner know this time is valuable to you and ask if they are willing to take over for a bit while you decompress. You will be happier and healthier for doing so.

Amiss the preparation and the planning, be sure to take time to step back and truly appreciate all of the simple blessings within your everyday life.  As eloquently stated by actress, model, producer and philanthropist Joyce Giraud, the holidays remind us to “...give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.” Above all of the simple tips we’ve provided you, remaining grateful is the most important.

A very Happy Holiday to you and yours this season!