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The holidays are a joyous occasion, but they can also be filled with stress, especially if you leave important errands until the last minute. At Seville Classics, we believe in planning ahead with holiday shopping, gift wrapping, and home storage, so that you have enough time to relax with family and friends. Below, we’ve outlined how you can develop a home organization system that’s effective at keeping the season bright.

Create a Plan of Attack

Before buying gifts or digging for tree ornaments, make a quick checklist of all the tasks you need to accomplish before the holiday. Start by listing the obvious things — like the people you need to buy gifts for — and then get more specific with tasks that you need to accomplish so that holiday parties and family traditions go off without a hitch. Once you’ve written out an entire list, it’s easy to break down the responsibilities into manageable chunks that can be completed on a day-by-day basis, and then write these down in your calendar. That’s home organization done right.

Schedule Time for Holiday Shopping

Christmas and Hanukkah shopping takes a lot of energy, especially if you have a big family. Don’t wait until the eleventh hour to buy gifts! It’s not worth the stress, and the closer you get to the holidays, the harder it is to find those coveted toys. We recommend setting aside a full shopping day at least three weeks before Christmas, so that you can pace yourself and not contend with other shoppers. If possible, try to shop online as well. You’ll find deals and gift ideas on the web that big-box stores just can’t compete with.

Wrap Gifts in Advance

For many parents, wrapping gifts has become a Christmas Eve tradition, but it’s way less fun than putting out cookies and milk for Santa. Instead of wrapping late into the night, we suggest buying gift wrap a few weeks early, and then setting aside a few evenings to wrap presents as you buy them. To save money in the future, store all of the extra wrapping paper and ribbons in a dedicated bin, so that you can wrap a gift at a moment’s notice. For smart home shelving, we recommend using a clear container for this, so that the holiday bin is easy to locate.

Decorate with the Family

Next, choose a weekend with your spouse and children to light up your home, buy a Christmas tree, and decorate it with ornaments. There’s nothing more important than enjoying these holiday traditions with the people you love, so it’s worth making time in your busy schedules. Sweeten the deal with some hot cocoa and holiday cookies, and everyone will have a great time.

Don’t Wait on Mailing Holiday Cards

Finally, if you’re planning to send out holiday-themed cards to close friends and family, don’t procrastinate! Writing thoughtful notes to each recipient takes time, but personalizing the cards is worth the extra effort. We recommend creating a spreadsheet with every recipient’s name and address, and then writing a few cards per day after Thanksgiving weekend.

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