Okay, It is not my intention to pull the retail store thing on you – you know, when you walk in on an August day and find every thing has been transformed into a fall wonderland. We still have a 2 weeks of summer left so enjoy them!
What I am trying to do is to bring to remind you that we have 4 major holidays vastly approaching
and not to fear because I have found some really cool resources that can make our holiday season a little less stressful and a lot more enjoyable.
I don’t know about you, but I always experience a certain amount of stress and dread that underlies the joy of the holidays. It’s starts at the beginning of October and doesn’t end until after Christmas. I have come to realize that this is mainly brought on due to my lack of “owning” the holidays with proper planning and preparation. Often times, if I do a descent job on the planning side, the prep work and actual action are left wanting.
In other words procrastination sets in, not because I’m lazy and don’t want to do the things I have planned (although I won’t lie – that does happen from time to time) but it’s usually because there’s just not enough time to get everything done. Hence, the planning and preparation steps are very vital to the overall objective.
Last year I stumbled upon a couple of great websites after Christmas of course, that address these issues. And in my quest to do better with organization, what better time than the holidays to put these ideas to work? So, I kept them bookmarked and made a note in my blogging notebook so that I could revisit and share it with others in plenty of time for this year’s holiday season.
So . . . hence the countdown to Christmas already blog.
I have to get the information out to you in plenty of time to ensure we are all well planned and organized this holiday season 🙂
Let’s start off with 100 Days of Christmas, an ebook written by Jennifer Tankersley, who is also the owner of List Plan It, a great organizing resource website with all kinds of organizational ideas and lists to download and print to keep our life in order. The ebook, which is based on the popular blog series 100 Days to Christmas, is a journey that begins on September 16, and leads you step-by-step toward a peaceful and meaningful holiday season. It has 109 pages + 25 downloadable lists from ListPlanIt.com. It covers planning for all of the fall holidays, gifts, cards, food, family, home, decorations, etc.
I am really excited about this and think it’s a brilliant idea. I only wish I had found it earlier! Don’t forget you have the option of following the blog at 100DaystoChristmas.com (free) and 100 Days to Christmas 2012 eBook ($5). The eBook includes links to nearly 30 printable ListPlanIt worksheets and lists. You can also follow on Facebook.
The 13 weeks Series is a holiday challenge from Taylor at Home Storage Solutions 101, I joined her 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, back in January – in fact, I introduced it my January “Get Organized” Month post. The concept of organizing your home one challenge at a time, one week per challenge is an awesome way to get organized without becoming too overwhelmed.
Anyway, Taylor has developed her 13 Weeks Series mapping out a weekly challenges to prepare for this year’s holiday season, starting on October 5, a new post will go up every Friday thereafter, for 13 weeks. It will walk you through Halloween and doesn’t end until after Christmas is over, to help you pack and store your holiday items in a planned and organized method so you will be set for the following year.
You can check the site each Friday for the newest challenge for the week, or if you sign up for free, you will receive an email reminder to make it easier to follow along. You can also follow on Facebook.
I am excited to have this information available to me in plenty of time before things get hectic around here. 100 Days starts next week on Sept. 16th, and 13 Weeks starts Oct. 5th. Jump on both band wagons and make your holiday season the most enjoyable yet, I’ll be there 🙂