That’s not an exciting shout, it’s more of a “Ay Dios mio how am I going to do all of it?” kind of shout. Every year I say I will be organized and every year I’m not. I end up forgetting to send Christmas cards, I never get around to making my Oma’s German Christmas cookies like I want and I leave the shopping for way late in the game and then I end up with all the picked over gifts.
This is a compensated post in collaboration with Children’s MOTRIN and The Motherhood. All views and the ideas to keep sane are my own.
Over the past year I’ve dealt with some heavy stuff — anxiety, depression, massive weight gain, sleep deprivation and have had to take a step back and reevaluate my life before taking hold of it again and getting on the right path. One thing is for sure, I am unstoppable — however that does not mean I have to do it all myself. Nope. It means I have the sense to realize what I can and can’t do and for this holiday season, I WILL BE PREPARED!
Here are 5 ways to keep sane during the holidays and actually ENJOY it!
Get. A. Cleaner. I repeat. GET. A. Cleaner: By doing so, it in no way implies YOU can’t do it, but the reality is we are busy and the time we have to dedicate to cleaning is just too much. Time is money, right?! It’s an investment, not a waste of money. What you pay someone to clean your home is time you get for: holiday shopping, holiday baking, writing cards, crafting with the kids, decorating your home, getting ahead on your work, spending time with your spouse and most importantly — time for yourself before the mad rush!
Hire a babysitter: Same as the cleaner — kids need to be entertained and if you are busy with holiday prepping or trying to get shopping done, it will be impossible. Plan out your week, set a day and time to get ahead on your holiday work and hire a babysitter to watch the little ones. You will be a lot calmer and happier and not end up frustrated and wrapped up in your own ribbons because the kids are driving you bonkers. Or worse — they got into the wrapping paper and bows (as mine did last year) and decorated the living room floor. Yeah, get that sitter. ¡Ahora!
Shop online: I know, I now. You like actually going out and touching the items, etc. etc. However, the idea here is to be efficient and realistic. If you already know you just won’t have time to get things done, then find another solution. Just because you never left your desk or even got dressed doesn’t mean the gift is any less thoughtful. You should be thrilled with all the time you have saved and the long lines you don’t have to stand in.
Sleep. I mean it, SLEEP. I’m the first to admit that I have a sleeping problem, a lack of sleep that is. However, over the past several months I have been working on getting to bed earlier and getting proper rest. The holidays are rough and with so much going on, you can’t run the risk of running out of fuel before the turkey hits the oven. You are no good to anyone if you haven’t properly rested and take it from me, a total insomniac, you become a nicer person, you can think clearer, make smarter decisions and you have more patience with your kids.
Freeze food. You will have days when you won’t have time to make dinner or your husband is home with the kids. Cook now, freeze and save for those evenings when you know there is no time to stop. Or if you are like me not the most graceful in the kitchen, buy healthy frozen foods — veggies, fruit, individually packaged chicken breasts to whip up something fast.
Remember, be smart — we can’t do it all ourselves, but we can find solutions to help us stay sane and unstoppable mamas!