Welcome to the first Organize to Optimize blog post! Thank you for stopping by. Before I get into the key theme of the post, printables and purging, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Melody Oshiro, and I am a professional organizer living in Nanoose Bay, located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I help organize homes and offices. In my home life, my husband and I have raised four kids between us, and we are now empty-nesters.
With just two weeks to go before Christmas, I admit, I am somewhat late to give organizing tips for the holidays; organizing and preparing for Christmas should have started weeks ago! But I believe you will still get value from these tips. I would like to take you to a great website by Katie Leckey, called the Holiday Grand Plan. She offers great suggestions and printables to guide us seamlessly through the holiday festivities.
No matter what stage of preparation you are in, there will be a great printable to help you keep all your balls in the air. I just printed off the holiday menu planner, myself. This year we will be having 8 guests for Christmas dinner, and this template will help in the dinner planning.
In addition to the printables, the Holiday Grand Plan has us preparing for Christmas as far back as September. The calendar will take you through each area of your home and has you clearing the clutter. I truly believe a good purge is the magic of a less stressful Christmas. We went through a pre-Christmas purge ourselves in November. Getting organized gave us so much energy, we had our Christmas decorations up before our first guests arrived November 23.
A good way to know if clutter is an issue for you, ask yourself, “What is my current mental state right now?” I believe how we are feeling in this moment on the stress barometer can be attributed to whether we decluttered and organized our homes prior to Christmas. I believe we gain well-being because we gain more space, time and money:
Can you attribute your ease or overwhelm to how you organized your home prior to the holidays?
I agree the depth of Christmas chaos also depends on what life stage we are in, our family traditions, our financial situation, and many other life circumstances. Purging alone isn’t the silver bullet. But, I believe it does take the edge off of whatever we are going through. It gives us clarity to better think about what we need to do, such a put a simple shopping list together.
In my next post, I will share a story about how getting organized helped me cope through my toughest Christmas. Until then enjoy the printables from Katie Leckey’s site! Happy Holidays, Melody