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Feel Good Holiday Tips

Feel Good Holiday Tips

The holiday season should be a time of joy, connection, and reflection. However, for a lot of people, the holidays can be stressful and overwhelming, sucking the joy right out of the season. Why not let this be the year that you take control of the chaos? Navigate the holidays with these Buzzworthy tips to focus on being more present in order to savor the special moments of gathering with those you love.

1 BEE Intentional with Gifts

Give a gift that doesn’t take up SPACE! Take the stress of gift buying off your plate and keep clutter out of the house by following these tips:

  • Change the Trend: Tell your friends and family that you don’t need another thing. Agree to NO GIFTS this year and stick to it! Instead, create memories together by spending quality time with activities like game nights or holiday movie marathons.
  • Choose Experiences Over Things: Instead of traditional gifts, consider giving the gift of experiences. Plan a weekend getaway, music concert, sports event, spa day, or favorite restaurant…the possibilities are endless when you really think about the person you’re gifting to.
  • Give Your Time: Cooking a special meal, baking a treat, babysitting, sharing your talent or lending a helping hand are way more meaningful than something you could buy.
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  • Give a Consumable: Gifts that can be consumed make wonderful gifts that don’t add to the clutter or take up precious space. Here’s some of our favorite consumable gift ideas:
    • – Gourmet treats or baskets
    • – Wine or craft beers
    • – Specialty teas or coffee
    • – Create a photo slideshow
    • – Create a music playlist
    • – Subscription services (Audible, Netflix, meals, etc.)
    • – Cooking classes or workshops
    • – Cheese and charcuterie board set
    • – Zoo membership or botanical garden
    • – Herb or vegetable gardening kit
    • – Dance or art lessons
    • – Tickets to a concert or symphony
  • Make a Donation: Choose a cause close to their heart and that does good in the world.
  • Give a Gift Certificate: Most of us already have too much stuff, so don’t add to the clutter. A gift card is convenient and allows the recipient the freedom to choose for themselves without adding to their physical belongings.

2 Plan Ahead

Start your planning early so you can approach the season with a sense of organization and reduced stress, allowing you to fully embrace the joy and meaning of holiday festivities. As organizing and planning experts, we feel certain you’ll experience some of these benefits by planning ahead:

  • Avoid Last-Minute Stress: Create a checklist and prioritize tasks to stay organized and prevent last-minute rushes. Whether it’s gift shopping, decorating, or meal preparation, having a plan in place gives you ample time to tackle each task without feeling overwhelmed.
  • Declutter Now: As professional organizers, we’ve seen the measurable impact that a freshly organized space can have. The more you can do to remove clutter now, the better off you’ll be later. Grab a trash bag, bin, or cardboard box, set a timer for 30 minutes, and see how much you can quickly declutter from your main rooms. Gather up all of the trash, broken items, etc. and toss them in the trash bag. Collect unwanted items in the cardboard box and donate them.
  • Stay on Budget: The holiday season often comes with increased expenses. Planning ahead allows you to create a budget and make thoughtful decisions about how much you want to spend on gifts, decorations, and other festive activities. This can help prevent financial strain and post-holiday budget woes.
  • Opportunity for Thoughtful Gift Selection: Taking the time to plan ahead allows you to choose gifts more thoughtfully. You can consider the preferences and interests of your loved ones, resulting in more meaningful and appreciated presents.
  • Time for Personalization: Planning ahead provides the opportunity to personalize gifts or decorations. Whether it’s customizing a present, creating handmade items, or ordering personalized cards, having extra time allows for a more thoughtful and unique touch.
  • Flexibility in Scheduling: Planning ahead gives you the flexibility to schedule holiday activities and gatherings at times that work best for everyone involved. This can help you coordinate with family and friends, making it easier for everyone to participate.
  • Reduced Pressure and Anxiety: The holiday season can be stressful, and procrastination can intensify that pressure. Planning ahead helps distribute tasks over time, reducing the burden and without adding unnecessary anxiety.
  • More Time for Relaxation and Enjoyment: Planning ahead ensures that you have more time to relax and enjoy the special moments of the holiday season. You can focus on spending quality time with loved ones rather than rushing through last-minute preparations.

3 Follow the ABC’s for Healthy Holidays

The holiday season is a time for joy and celebration, but it’s crucial to prioritize your health and well-being. Finding a balance between enjoying festivities and maintaining healthy habits can lead to a more fulfilling and sustainable holiday experience.

We sat down with our friend and expert, Catie Herst, a licensed mental healthcare professional (LCPC, with Monarch Family Therapy), for simple tips that support positive mental health and will help make things less stressful during eggnog season.

  • Ask for & Accept help
  • Boundary Setting
  • Compromise & Control

Learn more in this video from Catie and our Bee Organized co-founders, Lisa Foley and Kristen Christian.

Keep in mind that the holiday season is a time to cherish the company of loved ones and celebrate the joy of giving. Set realistic expectations for yourself knowing it is okay if everything doesn’t go perfectly. Let go of the idea of a “perfect” holiday and embrace the imperfections. Focus on the joy of spending time with loved ones rather than striving for perfection. By being intentional, simplifying, planning ahead and focusing on what truly matters, you can create a calmer and more joyful holiday experience.

HOLIDAY CHECKLISTS

With the hustle and bustle of the season in full swing, we thought a few good checklists might come in handy to keep you organized and focused on your holiday preparations.

Feel Good Holiday Tips

If you’re like most people, the holidays can be stressful and overwhelming, sucking the joy right out of the season. Take control of the chaos this year! Use these tips to focus on being more present and savor the special moments of gathering again with those we love.

1 BEE Intentional with Gifts

Give a gift that doesn’t take up SPACE! Take the stress of gift buying off your plate and keep clutter out of the house by following these tips:

Change the Trend: Tell your friends and family that you don’t need another thing. Agree to NO GIFTS this year and stick to it!

Give an Experience: What can you experience together to create special memories? A trip, concert, sports, museum, favorite restaurant…the possibilities are endless when you really think about the person you’re gifting to.

Give Your Time: Cooking a special meal, baking a treat, babysitting, sharing your talent or lending a helping hand are way more meaningful than something you could buy.

Give a Consumable:: What’s your friend’s favorite coffee blend or wine? Create a photo slideshow or music playlist. Or consider a subscription to Netflix, Audible, meals, etc.

Make a Donation:: Choose a cause close to their heart and that does good in the world.

Give a Gift Certificate: Of course we think a Bee Organized Gift Card is the perfect gift that not only simplifies and reclaims space, but keeps giving all year long!

2 Follow the ABC’s for Healthy Holidays

  • Ask for & Accept help
  • Boundary Setting
  • Compromise & Control

Learn more in the video from our resident therapist, Catie Herst, LCPC, Monarch Family Therapy.

HOLIDAY CHECKLISTS

With the hustle and bustle of the season in full swing, we thought a few good checklists might come in handy to keep you organized and focused on your holiday preparations.

Get ready now for Holiday Guests with this checklist so you can be fully present when they arrive.

Buzz Tips for the Holidays

GRATEFUL.  BLESSED.
 
Every year at this time we are humbled with an abundance of gratitude for the amazing blessings Bee Organized has provided us. We get to do what we love with clients and partners we love. In addition, we’re surrounded by incredible Bees who work tirelessly to simplify Hives all over the city with love and compassion. The people we work with and for are what make it all worthwhile!

Thank you for believing in Bee Organized and allowing us to come into your lives and homes. You are the heart of everything we do. It is our HONOR to work with you, laugh with you, and even cry with you at times, as we help you Simplify Your Hive

So, from our HIVE to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

—Lisa & Kristen
 

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present but not giving it.”

— William Arthur Ward

FEEL GOOD HOLIDAY TIPS
If you’re like most people, the holidays can be stressful and overwhelming, sucking the joy right out of the season. Take control of the chaos this year! Use these tips to focus on being more present and savor the special moments of gathering again with those we love. 
 

1.  Bee Intentional with Gifts
Give a gift that doesn’t take up SPACE!  Take the stress of gift buying off your plate and keep clutter out of the house by following these tips:

– Change the Trend:  Tell your friends and family that you don’t need another thing. Agree to NO GIFTS this year and stick to it!

– Give an Experience:  What can you experience together to create special memories? A trip, concert, sports, museum, favorite restaurant…the possibilities are endless when you really think about the person you’re gifting to. 

– Give Your Time:  Cooking a special meal, baking a treat, babysitting, sharing your talent or lending a helping hand are way more meaningful than something you could buy.
– Give a Consumable:  What’s your friends favorite coffee blend or wine? Create a photo slideshow or music playlist. Or consider a subscription to Netflix, Audible, Spotify, etc. 

– Make a Donation:  Choose a cause close to their heart and that does good in the world.

– Give a Gift Certificate:  Of course we think a Bee Organized Gift Card is the perfect gift that not only simplifies and reclaims space, but keeps giving all year long!
2.  Follow the ABC’s for Healthy Holidays  
  • Ask for & Accept help
  • Boundary Setting
  • Compromise & Control

Courtesy of our resident therapist, Catie Herst, LCPC, Monarch Family Therapy.

 
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  • JOB :  Kansas City Bee
  • BEE SUPER POWER :  Purging
  • ORGANIZING PROFILE :  The Memory Keeper
  • FAVORITE SPACES TO ORGANIZE :  Garages
  • FAVORITE PLACE TO UNWIND :  Beaches 
  • GUILTY PLEASURE :  Spa days
  • FAVORITE NECTAR (drink) :  Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc
  • BEST INSPIRATION :  My father
  • FAVORITE ORGANIZING TOOL : Clear plastic bins…or trash
  • PET PEEVE (OR BEE STING) :  Dirty kitchens
  • WORDS TO LIVE BY :  “Treat others as you want to be treated”
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HOLIDAY CHECKLISTS
 
With the hustle and bustle of the season in full swing, we thought a few good checklists might come in handy to keep you organized and focused on your holiday preparations. 
Get ready now for Holiday Guests with this checklist so you can be fully present when they arrive.
Don’t stress over holiday meal planning, prep now with this Menu Planner and Grocery List.  
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