Our Favorite Tips for Surviving the Holidays

Our Favorite Tips for Surviving the Holidays

This time of year is magical with lights and festivities.  A time to celebrate with family and friends. Your schedule now includes gift-giving, shopping, decorating, and cooking.  Possibly travel to and from destinations near and far.  Such exciting times!  However,  it is also very stressful and can take a toll on you.  There is definitely a change in your normal routine and it can sometimes be difficult to handle the pressure.  We at Basic Organization would like to share some helpful tips to help you manage these days ahead.  And above all enjoy the holiday in peace.

We wish you a life of simplicity.


This holiday season is such a busy time of year, that my tip is to give yourself some grace. To fit all the seasonal tasks to your to-do list (shopping, baking, wrapping & celebrating) it’s OK to relax your regular routine a little bit. Make more simple dinners or get take-out a few times, loosen your laundry or cleaning routine, or let your kids have a little more TV time so you can get something done or just relax. You are entitled to enjoy the holidays!  Janet



LoriStart early. If you see a gift you know someone would like during the year, buy it.

If you’re a person who sends cards out, take a family photo or a photo of a pet for your holiday card. Have it printed with a holiday greeting and your name (you can always add a personal message). Along with the cards, get envelopes printed with your return address then make address labels at home on the computer of who you want to send to and print those out to place on the envelopes. This makes sending out holiday cards a little faster and easier!  Lori


DeneneTake time now to think about the activities you routinely do every year to prepare for the holidays – baking, decorating, meal planning, shopping, hosting guests, traveling, etc.  Get everything out of your head and jot it down in one place (in a dedicated notebook/planner or on your computer – whatever works best for you), giving each activity plenty of space to fill in all the to-dos and specifics of that activity. Now you’ll be able to update the lists with new information and check off any tasks you’ve completed. Having everything in one place will help ease the stress of the holiday season.  Denene


A time to celebrate with family and friends.


When I entertain, I really enjoy making and printing out a menu. Setting it nicely on the table or counter, guests are always impressed. Have a charcuterie tray ready for when the guests arrive, that way they can entertain themselves until the feast is ready. Also, try to relax and ask for help when you need it, if you are the host you are also there to enjoy the evening.  Rouba



Schedule self-care and make it non-negotiable. Don’t let your calendar fill up with obligations and burn yourself out. Remember that you are an important part of the ‘family’ when it’s family time. I try to always schedule a bubble bath and Christmas Rom-Com session at least once a week.  Stephanie




Make a plan and start preparing early. Use the plan as a starting point but be open to change. Pick what is really important and do those things, let the other things go. Be open to saying no to being on the go.  There is not one event or present that is going to make or break the holidays. Stick to some routine you have outside of the holidays; bedtimes, eating healthy, exercise, yoga, prayer, meditation, etc.   Sandy


Above all enjoy the holiday in peace.



“I’m making a list. Checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty and nice…”

It’s all about lists for me. A to-do list, a grocery list, a gift-giving list.  This is what keeps me on track and less stressed over the holidays.  I can easily check off what’s done and keep going.  Candy




Host a holiday cookie party! Invite a few friends and family members over for a day of baking and spending time together. Everyone leaves with a variety of goodies to eat and share. Make it an annual tradition.

Instead of buying gifts for several members of a family, consider one gift the whole family can enjoy! Pick a theme (such as game night) and stick to a budget.  Michelle



Collect all those coupons that come through the mail and put them in an envelope.  They come in handy when you’re out and about shopping.  Especially when you need a last-minute gift.  Share them with others you’re shopping with or even the person behind you in the checkout line.  Everyone likes a good deal!

Remember the gifts you are buying will bring a smile to others. Especially those less fortunate than yourself.  During the holiday season, what better gift could there be?  Sue



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  1. Diane Quintana on November 27, 2023 at 9:18 am

    These are all great tips! My favorites are making sure you save time for yourself, making lists, and planning – allowing for flexibility.

    • Janet Schiesl on November 27, 2023 at 6:28 pm

      Absolutely, it’s good to be prepared with lists and taking care of yourself is very important.

  2. Seana Turner on November 27, 2023 at 10:02 am

    I love these posts, when I get tips from all of your team members!

    Lists are a must for me. I use an app to track gifts. The menu idea is super fun. I think I’ll print one out next time.

    This year I did start buying gifts a bit earlier, rather than waiting for the perfect deal. It really worked out because I was able to send gifts home with family members who visited for Thanksgiving, and I avoided a lot of shipping expense.

    I have fond memories of attending a cookie party hosted by a fellow organizer who has since moved away. She was a baker in her previous career, and we had so much fun! It made decorating cookies a fun activity instead of a chore to accomplish.

    • Janet Schiesl on November 27, 2023 at 6:31 pm

      I love everyone’s posts too and reading what everyone enjoys is wonderful.
      Lists are great to keep track, I do that myself. And I did ask everyone back in September what was on their list so I can follow all the great deals out there.
      Great way to save on shipping Seana, will have to remember that for the future.
      Holidays are wonderful.

  3. Jonda Sue Beattie on November 27, 2023 at 11:40 am

    All of these tips are spot on! I especially like list making and I already have all tasks put on my December calendar. I also keep a running list of gifts bought and what I spent. It’s so easy to buy a lot of little things without realizing what the totals are.

    • Janet Schiesl on November 27, 2023 at 6:33 pm

      It’s always good to keep a list and track it. Happy Holidays Jonda.

  4. Janet Barclay on November 27, 2023 at 11:58 am

    We keep things very simple in terms so I often don’t think I need a plan or to start nice and early, and then I end up feeling overwhelmed anyway. This advice is great and shouldn’t be ignored! There are bound to be tasks and activities you don’t do the rest of the year, and no matter how few or small they may be, you still have to fit them in somehow!

    • Janet Schiesl on November 27, 2023 at 6:34 pm

      Making a list will help with being on task for the Holidays and especially the gift buying. Happy Holidays Janet.

  5. Julie Bestry on November 27, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    Excellent tips. I don’t know how anyone (let alone Santa) can do any of the holidays without lists for keeping everything straight. I keep a private Amazon wish list for gift ideas; I save items all year so when birthdays or holidays come around, I’m not rushing to come up with something new.

    • Janet Schiesl on November 27, 2023 at 6:36 pm

      That’s wonderful Julie. And yes, not having a list could be overwhelming. Big families will definitely need some type of list tracker. And saving for Birthdays is a great idea.

  6. Hazel Thornton on November 27, 2023 at 5:42 pm

    My plans get more streamlined each year, but there will always need to be lists! And gifts for far away family are tending towards mail-order gourmet food baskets.

    • Janet Schiesl on November 27, 2023 at 6:38 pm

      Shipping option made things possible and easier to send to far away families, goes straight to them. Gourmet food baskets sounds delicious.

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