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Simple Ways to Prepare Now for the Holidays

Today, we’re sharing simple ways to prepare now for the holidays! 

If my math is correct, as of today (depending on where you live), there are approximately 127 days until Thanksgiving and 157 days until Christmas. 

That’s totally bananas, right?

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Getting a Game Plan Together:

Right now, that might seem like plenty of time.

But just for kicks and giggles, I want you to pause for a second.

Think about how many days we’ve already celebrated this year. 

Now, I want to you to think about the most significant things that have happened during those days. 

It’s flown by, hasn’t it?

Are you making the memories you want to make, or does it feel like life is passing you by?

Whatever your answer may be, there is always time to turn things around. 

In my opinion, one of the easiest ways to start is by getting a solid game plan together.

So, grab your calendar, a notebook and your favorite beverage and let’s get started! Here’s a look at simple ways to prepare now for the holidays…

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Set Your Holiday Intentions and Priorities Before the Season Begins…

Start with a Holiday Brain Dump:

Write down on a piece of paper everything you want or need to do for the upcoming season. 

This will probably be a long list.

Put everything you can think of from buying presents to family adventures down on the list. 

After you’ve completed your list go back through it and place a star, dot or check on the items you would be bummed if you missed this year. 

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Plan and Schedule Your Priorities:

Place those items, tasks and events that are most important to you in your calendar NOW.

The best way to ensure you accomplish the items on your holiday bucket list is to be proactive about how you spend your time.

Be sure to check your local Chamber of Commerce website or google the event’s page of your favorite organizations for additional information.

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Prepare Now for Holiday Travel…

Decide Where You’ll be Spending Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s:

Talk to your family and friends about your expectations and plans to spend the big 3 holidays. 

This will save you future stress as everyone’s calendars start to fill up once the holidays arrive.

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Make Holiday Travel Plans and Arrangements:

I totally get it’s hard to imagine playing in the snow when it’s crazy hot outside.  

That said, now is the perfect time to start planning and making holiday travel arrangements.  

Be sure to to make preparations and plans for your pets too! 

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Prioritize Your Holiday Budget…

Create a Budget & Stick to It:

We all know how easily holiday budgets can get out of control.

Especially, if you have a lot of people on your gift list.

Take the time to decide who you need to buy for and how much you’re willing to spend before you start buying gifts. 

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Make a Gift List:

Gift giving doesn’t have to be complicated but sometimes finding the right gift can take time. 

Start thinking about what the recipients on your list are interested in or what would make their lives easier now.

That way, when gift inspiration strikes you’ll be ready to act.  

Write those ideas down next to their name on your master gift list so you don’t forget them!  

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Shop Early:

Summer sales are a great way to start stocking up on gifts and stocking stuffers. There are so sales many happening right now!  

I know some of you probably have people in your lives that would rather have an experience than an actual gift. 

Start thinking about what adventures will be available so you’ll have plenty of time to plan something extra special.

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Wrap Gifts as You Go:

You don’t want to be stressed out at midnight on Christmas Eve in Santa’s Workshop trying to get it all done. 

Prepare for the holidays now by wrapping gift or stocking stuffer items as you go!

You can check out how we organized our gift wrapping paper station here

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Get a Head Start on Your Holiday Cards and Letters…

Start Gathering Family and Friends Addresses:

Now is a great time to update the addresses of friends and family members.

You can easily create mailing labels from your home computer. 

If you plan to send your cards to a calligrapher, updating addresses now will help save you an extra step later.

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Make or Purchase Your Christmas Cards:

Sending holiday cards and pictures is a fun way to reconnect with family and friends.

Most big box stores will have holiday cards available to purchase early.  You can also order cards online or even make your own set!  

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Have Your Family Photographs Taken Early:

Now is a great time to have your family photos taken while everyone is relaxed, and you don’t have additional demands on your time.   

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Begin Preparing Your Home for the Holidays…

Declutter & Donate:

Before you ever bring one holiday box down from the attic, declutter the most commonly used spaces in your home.  

These spaces include:

  • living rooms/media rooms
  • guest bedrooms
  • drawers
  • closets
  • cabinets
  • pantry
  • refrigerator

Decluttering now ensures you won’t be caught off guard when holiday guests arrive.

Consider donating gently used items you no longer want or need.

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Collect, Launder & Change Out Seasonal Items:

If you’ve been storing seasonal items for the past few months, make sure those items have been appropriately cared for. 

Those items such as sweaters, jackets, blankets, boots, and bedding should be properly laundered.

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Plan to Create a Cozy Home You’ll Enjoy All Season…

Take the Time to Find Holiday Inspiration:

Looking through decorating books, magazines, blogs, Pinterest, shopping at your favorite stores, outdoor craft fairs or traveling will help you find holiday inspiration early. 

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Choose a color palette that will enhance your home by working with the existing colors you already have in place.

Check your attic and basement to see what seasonal decorations you already own that you can use again.

It’s a super easy way to prepare now for the holidays because you can see what you have on hand. 

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Start purchasing holiday décor items while they’re on sale. 

Most big box stores host early decorating events and offer coupons, discounts and sometimes seasonal craft classes.

Take advantage of early-bird sale prices when they’re offered to ensure you have first pick of holiday items from fabric to floral décor to ribbon, pillows, wrapping paper, and seasonal accessories too.

Begin Crafting Ornaments and Seasonal Decorations:

Once you know your theme and color palette it will be much easier to prepare now for the holidays.

I know a lot of people like to decorate and pick out a tree the weekend of Thanksgiving.

Crafting seasonal decorations like these glitter glass ornaments now will set you up for success when the tree arrives.

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Prepping For Holiday Parties…

Collect and Try Out New Recipes in Advance of Holiday Parties:

As you’re meal planning each week, begin trying out new holiday party recipes.  

When you’re expecting company or know you’re going to have a busy week, consider creating seasonal meals to put in the freezer to save you time. 

If you’re hosting a holiday party, begin planning your menus, guest list, decorations and floral arrangements now. 

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Preparing Your Heart for the Holiday Season…

Practice Healthy Morning Habits:

Begin your day doing things that will create a sense of calm and focus.

For example, waking up around the same time each day, making your bed, reciting positive affirmations, and eating a healthy breakfast.

Thinking about special memories you want to make or events you want to share is the perfect way to prepare now for the holidays.

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Get Moving Every Day:

Focus on being active every day by taking a walk outside, lifting light weights, practicing yoga, or going for a bike ride.

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Meal Plan and Begin to Incorporate Seasonal Ingredients:

We meal plan each week especially during the busy holiday season.

It really helps cut down on forgetting ingredients at the grocery store and saves time during the work week.   

Whether it be honeycrisp apples, pumpkins, multiple squash varieties, soups or slow cooker recipes.

There are so many different ways to incorporate seasonal foods into your weekly meal plan. 

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Practice Healthy Nightly Habits:

End your day by doing things that make you feel purposeful and peace filled.

For example, prepping for the following day, tidying your home before you go to bed, quiet time, keeping a gratitude journal, light reading and prioritizing good sleep hygiene.

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Donate Your Time, Talent and Resources…

Decide How You’ll Give Back:

There are so many ways to give back during the holiday season from serving folks in the soup line to offering random acts of kindness to strangers.

Most people assume the holidays are a joyous time of year for everyone. In truth though, they can be tough for a lot of people.

If you have been blessed in any way this year, give what you can. I promise your heart will feel instantly lighter!

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No matter what your priorities and intentions, take the time to begin planning and prepare now for the holidays.   

There is no better way to kick off a season of adventure like being prepared! 

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Let us know if you have any tips or tricks to prepare now for the holidays! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Many blessings,


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  1. Love this post. So many pretty pictures. I enjoy preparing early for the holidays

    Getting things crafted early helps. I save a few for closer to the fall.

    Preparing and making notes keeps things stress free.

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy, I really appreciate it! I’m totally with you – the holidays are crazy enough without adding any extra crafting drama and planning early is key 🙌 Plus, it’s always fun to have something to look forward to. Can’t wait to see everything you have in store this year. Big hugs, CoCo

  2. Maybe I missed it. I wanted to see the fall wreath on the door (the orange colors).
    Beautiful photos.

    1. You didn’t miss it at all, Myrna. I had gathered a bunch of photo ideas from previous holidays and meant to link to some of our favorite posts and totally forgot to add it to the end. Thanks so much for catching that. I’ll be sure to go back and add it to the post. The Fall porch photo was part of a blog hop from several years ago and we found the pumpkin wreath at Joanns. I haven’t seen any of their Fall line out yet but if I see something similar I’ll be sure to share. Hope your weekend has been a fun one so far, CoCo

  3. Oh CoCo, I always look forward to my visits with you. Your decor is stunning, I’d love to know more about the piece that looks like drawers with horses on them, it is a beautiful piece. Last fall I decided I wanted to add equestrian to our home decor, but I have not gotten out and about to find anything. You have so many wonderful ideas and suggestions here. You are right, the holidays are not a happy time for many folks. When I worked in the rehab field I had several clients who became suicidal and it really made me sad since the holidays had always been uplifting for me. To me, they were the pick-me-up I needed, and for many of them it was a really sad time. I learned a lot from my time in the field, which made me mindful of others needs. Thank you so much for sharing.

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