So it’s the day before Christmas Eve and you have a to-do list as long as your arm and you wonder how everything is going to happen! Don’t worry I’m going to share a few tips for how I get it “all” done! Now I know it’s no secret to you that it’s impossible to get it ALL done, but with a little prioritizing and some life hacks, you can get the most important things done!
Getting it “All” Done
- Take your list and write down the 5 most important to-do items and find a way to hack them.
- My whole house could probably use a cleaning however, I know that I don’t have time to do that, so one of my to-do items that I find most important is cleaning the blinds. Why the blinds? Well there is a set of little hands that loves to peek out the window and over the years, the white blinds aren’t so white anymore. The blinds stick out like a sore thumb which makes my entire house feel a little gross, even though it’s not.
- Another item on my to-do list, is mopping – I don’t have time to mop the entire house, so I will be spot mopping and paying extra attention to edges and corners where gunk likes to pile up. Just like the blinds stick out like a sore thumb, gunky corners and edges will do the same thing!
- Cooking is probably one of your top 5s, so as you cook, clean – keep extra cleaning rags and cleaning spray nearby. Cut down on hand washing by keeping disposable gloves nearby. Also start your cooking with an empty dishwasher.
- When it comes to cooking, if you’re really pressed for time, select the most important “from scratch” items and then purchase high quality premade foods for the rest.There are some fantastic dinner rolls that you can purchase from the freezer section, just take the packaging out to the trash and no one will be the wiser.
- If there is stuff piled up everywhere, grab a basket and gather everything inside and set it in a bedroom/closet and forget about it, until you have time to deal with it.
- Write down the 5 easiest/fastest to-do items.
- Don’t keep thinking about these things, get up, run around and get them done. Having 5 things complete even though they’re small, will ease your mind significantly and you will be able to focus better.
- Write down 5 things that can be delegated.
- Do the clothes need folding? Dishes need to be put away? House need vacuuming? Maybe the beds need to be made or clothes need washing.
- Choose things that you’re not persnickety about (I say that, because I am super persnickety) and ask someone in your house to take care of them.
- Remove 5 things from your list.
- Simple as that, find 5 things that aren’t very important and mark them off…that felt good didn’t it?
Believe it or not, even though to-do lists involve a lot of physical labor, there is a lot of mental power in them too. Just taking 5 not-quite-so-important things and marking them off the list, will lift your spirit, helping you get the work done!
I used to try to make every little thing from scratch and have the house perfectly prepared, but over the years I grew frustrated and the holiday season started to get under my skin….that’s not what the holiday is all about. Since that frustration began, I decided to whittle my list down, find hacks and accept that it’s OK not to have a Clark Griswold Christmas. Even as the one preparing Christmas for your family, you should stop and enjoy the season too, our family’s want to enjoy the holiday with their mama!