Be Merry, Not Harried: 13 Steps to Getting Your House/Life/Family/Sanity in Order

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Ylonda Caviness on Oct 28, 2009 at 2:16PM

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Don't Be a Wreck

a Ylonda Caviness on Oct 28, 2009 at 2:16PM

Let’s all say it together: “I-will-not-be-a-wreck-this-holiday.”

Once more with feeling: “I-will-not-be-a-wreck-this-holiday.”

Now, sit. Yes, it's counter-intuitive—so much to do; so little time. Trust us. Think back: Remember all the drama? We’re having none of that this year. Here's a plan to take the “daze” out of the holidays: You’re going to get yourself organized—but not the way you think. “Organization is not about perfection,” says Jodie Watson, TLC show host and founder of Supreme Organization based in Los Angeles. “That’s a misconception. The goal is to be as productive as possible. That means knowing things really don’t have to be flawless, just good enough.”

Keep it simple
Sounds easy. Of course, this season is anything but. Just know your limitations. Rather than take on everything, Watson suggests women think about their top three-to-five priorities—making sure you’re in the first or second slot. Then think about what you do really well. “If something does not satisfy your top priorities and you can’t do it well, say no,” she offers. If you’re not Betty Crocker’s hip sister, don’t try to bake dozens of cookies for your kid’s holiday fair.

Inside tip: Costco may not be homemade, but usually it’s close enough.

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