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While the holidays bring immense feelings of joy and love, they also cause an incredible amount of stress, especially if you are hosting. If you are looking to host a stress-free, fun-filled holiday this year, these 5 simple tips will keep you on track, allowing you to enjoy all things merry and bright.

Clear Out Clutter

If you are entertaining in a smaller home, you can utilize a self-storage unit in your neighborhood to store larger furniture items. Placing unnecessary items away will maximize space, allowing your guests can move around freely. Climate controlled units are available to fit nearly any budget, and with 24-7 security, you can rest assured that your belongings are secure. Plus, if you choose to keep your unit year round, you can even store your seasonal decor, helping free up space within your home for items you need on a daily basis.  

Clean In Advance

There are a plethora of cleaning schedules available online to help you deep clean throughout the month of December. Doing so provides you with the opportunity to target areas in advance, so that you only need to touch up your home the day company arrives. Best of all, implementing a plan allows you to distribute the responsibility of cleaning to each member of your family, rather than stressing, screaming and assigning tasks the day before and of.

Cook Dishes Beforehand

With countless delicious recipes available online for make-ahead holiday favorites, you can easily plan and prep savory meals in advance, so that you can actually enjoy your holiday!  And remember, you do not need to cook it all. Allow you guests to bring appetizers or dessert so that you can solely focus on preparing one part of the meal. The holidays aren’t just about the food… they’re about spending time with those you love. The less you have to manage, the better!

Use Notes

It must annoy you, because it sure annoys us… well meaning questions. When everyone gathers in your small little kitchen asking, “What can I do?” while you are running around like a chicken without a head trying to get everything together, it can make you want to pull your hair out. This year, attach tasks to notes and place them on a wall, cabinet or fridge, so that when people come to you asking what they can do, you can simply point to the notes!  You won’t feel bombarded by too many questions and be able to get the help you need. It’s a win – win!

Take Time For Yourself

Even if your family is wonderful to be around; sometimes, you simply need a break. Create a space for yourself where you can take a few minutes to regroup and re-energize. Let your immediate family  know that this time is valuable to you so that they can answer away questions, take over any tasks, and give you the space you may need. You will be healthier and your holiday will be happier  for doing so.

Remember, the holidays are about giving thanks for all that we have, and not asking for the things that we don’t. With a little extra planning, helping, storing and love, this holiday will be one you and your family will cherish for years to come. 

Happy Holidays!

“Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!” -Charles Dickens