Well I don’t know about you all, but I cannot believe that it’s already November!! This is the busiest time of year for most people, so I decided that this month I’m going to focus on a series of topics and tips that I use to get prepared for the chaos. I also decided that I’m going to use the next few weeks before Thanksgiving and again between Thanksgiving and Christmas to focus on being healthier and eating better.
My weekend was busy in Dallas, so I didn’t get a chance to prepare for my week as much as normal, but I’ve used tonight to try to do just that. I got back into my healthy mindset with a short 30 minute run/walk with Muddy. The weather has just been fabulous here in Houston! I’ve also been cleaning out the garage since it became a dumping ground after my move. I promised myself that I’d spend at least 30 minutes each night cleaning out all my junk, so I did my time in there tonight too.
Make a Plan
I think it’s so important to get your ducks in a row, so the first step that I’m going to talk about is making a plan. The holidays are a time of joy but they can also be quite stressful if you don’t get organized and don’t have a plan. What I do at the beginning of November is sit down with a big pot of coffee and just write down ideas, important dates/events that I’m already aware of and a list of things that I need to accomplish or purchase. I update my calendar with any dates that I need to save and any self-imposed deadlines. This is also the time of year when I schedule the last of my health appointments and my holiday haircut since dates quickly fill up and many people take leave.
This year the holidays are very exciting for me because it is my first Texas holiday season. I can’t wait to check out all the things going on in the city during this time! Since I’ll have family visiting this year, my plan includes designing and finishing the guest room’s decor and organization. As of now, it’s a disaster! Don’t worry…I plan to have lots of before and after photos once I finish it all! Since it hasn’t been that long since I moved in, my plan also consists of finishing my living room gallery wall, styling up the deck for the mild winter evenings (love it) and finishing cleaning out the garage. This winter, I’ll be focusing on organization but more on that after the holidays! I listed out a few items that I need to purchase for the guest room such as holiday bedding and new pillows. As I organize everything, I’m also setting aside a donation box and eBay sale box. This is a great time to add in a reminder for any charitable donations you may want to make.
Once you have your overall plan in place, you can tweak it as necessary, but it’ll make for a great basis to keep you sane! Good luck on those plans! You’ll feel so much more organized once you have it done…trust me!
Keep reading this week for my next tip on how to plan for Thanksgiving dinner.