The holiday season is considered to be a joyous occasion and the perfect time to slow down and enjoy being around loved ones. But the holiday season can also be very stressful and overwhelming. Why? Well, if you haven’t noticed or choose to not pay attention to the advertisements on the television and the internet then allow me to bring you up to speed. During the holidays, we are bombarded by sales and limited deals that are associated with Black Friday and Cyber Monday which creates a sense of urgency to go out and make purchases before the end of the sale. For example, you see a top-of-the line blender being advertised and feel as though you have to buy it even though your current blender is in great condition. Why would anyone waste money to purchase an item that you already own? It’s because of FOMO “fear of missing out.” But I’m here to tell you that that the only thing you’re missing out on is time and saving money. So, how can you save time and money during the holidays? It’s really quite simple and I’m going to share with you tips on how to do just that.
Create a List
The very first tip is that you never want to start shopping for gifts without having an idea of what gifts to purchase and who will be the recipient of that gift. I recently went to a Pop-Up shop with a friend and while we were viewing and admiring the items, my friend said, “oh, this is nice but I’m not sure who would like this as a gift?” Now we have all heard the saying that “it’s the thought that counts” but I really would like to change that mindset especially since I’m an organizer and really stress the importance of value, purpose and quality over quantity and things. Why gift someone an item that they won’t find useful, purposeful or even enjoy? When I work with clients, many times we’ve come across items that they were gifted but the items sit idle, collect dust and are never used. Why? Because the item has either served its purpose or they just didn’t enjoy it and that’s ok. Gift-giving should be meaningful and you should consider what your loved ones would be happy to receive as a gift. It also demonstrates that you care and that is conveyed through your gift.
Why gift someone an item they won't find useful, purposeful or even enjoy?
This is why it’s important to create a list which can be used as a guide when shopping. Your list should indicate the people who you are shopping for, 1-3 items they will enjoy and where you can purchase the item. This is how you save money and time during the holiday season because you have identified the gift to purchase and you know which store or online shop to make the purchase. This prevents you from going store to store and shopping aimlessly. Your holiday shopping list helps you to stay on task and on budget. If you’re unsure of what your loved ones would like to receive as a gift then you can ask them. If you want the gift to be a surprise then you can bring up a few items and gauge their reaction. On the day that they are presented with their gift, they're happy and you feel accomplished because you provided them with a gift that’s not only thoughtful but meaningful.
During the holiday season, your space can go from neat and organized to a cluttered mess with bows, tape, gift boxes and gift-wrapping paper within a matter of seconds. Our time is already limited, but during the holidays, time can become scarce because of shopping, preparing for possible travel plans, cooking plans and so much more. So, why add additional tasks to your list like cleaning up if it can be prevented? Find a space in your home and make that the designated area to wrap gifts. This minimizes the spread of clutter and creates order. The designated space for you to wrap gifts should be considered the command center since you will store tape, gift boxes, wrapping paper, gift bags and presents in this space until they're ready to be distributed. By doing this you prevent having to look all over your home for items needed to wrap gifts because you know that any items related to gift-wrapping are located in a particular space. Even throughout the holidays, your space can continue to maintain order and efficiency.
Store & Organize Gift-Wrapping Paper
I’m a DIY fanatic and after many projects I started to realize that the rolls of contact paper that I use for arts & crafts began to take up space. As a person who is organized, that didn’t sit well with me and I needed to resolve the issue. A trip to The Container Store is not only “my happy place” but was the resolution to my disorganized rolls of contact paper. I purchased the "Vertical Gift Wrap Organizer" which is designed to store gift-wrapping paper but it’s also perfect for organizing my rolls of contact paper. It doesn’t matter that this product was meant for another item, the goal was to find a solution and this product is a solution and that’s what organization is about – solutions. Problem-solved!
The "Vertical Gift Wrap Organizer" is light-weight but sturdy and has enough space to store up to 16 rolls of gift-wrapping paper. I like that it comes with a lid to protect the contents inside because there can be a spillage or a leak of some sort which could be damaging. And I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but over the years, the quality of gift wrapping paper has really evolved into beautiful patterns and textures so, it would be devastating to have a roll of paper ruined due to a mishap. So, how does storing you gift wrapping paper in this organizer save you money? Your gift wrapping paper is protected against potential damages which will save you money from having to replace the paper. This product also allows you to take inventory of gift wrapping paper you may already own. By taking inventory, this allows you to determine what gift-wrapping paper you may need to re-stock up on and what you may not need to purchase. Many times people make the mistake of purchasing items that's already in their possession and have enough of which means money and time was just wasted. Remember the holiday season already takes up much of our time and it’s important to plan ahead as much as possible.
Take inventory of gift-wrapping paper that you already own.
Do you find yourself strapped for extra time during the holidays? Then remember that creating a list can be used as a guide to ensure you stay on task and on budget and most importantly you don't spread yourself too thin by store hopping. How can you maintain order and an organized space even during the holidays? It's simple, remember to designate a space, a "command center" where only gift wrapping and items meant for gift wrapping can be stored. Lastly, take inventory of gift wrapping paper so you don't spend money on paper that you may already own.
By using these tips you can put the joy back into the holidays, minimize the stress and most importantly save time and money! It just requires proper planning, preparation and being intentional about being organized. Whatever holiday you celebrate, I am wishing you and yours a joyous one!