LINENS N THINGS
It’s possible to be organized, generous, and sane this holiday season. Here’s how.
This may be the season of peace and goodwill, but you don’t feel very cool, calm and joyous at the moment. The house is a mess and it’s impossible to find the tree ornaments. Your Christmas card list still isn’t updated. Of course, you haven’t bought a single gift.
Don’t despair. Meet Linda Rothschild, President of Cross It Off Your List, a New York City-based professional organizing service. “Spare yourself a lot of time and grief by getting organized,” advises Linda, who also serves as President of the New York chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers. “It’s surprising how much happier you’ll feel when you get control over things,” she promises.
Linda believes in following one guideline throughout the entire holiday season: Keep it simple.” Simple gifts, simple decorations, simple gift wrapping, simple parties. Just because it’s not elaborate doesn’t mean it’s not good enough. The holidays should be fun, not complicated,” she says.
Linda Rothschild’s holiday guideline: “Keep it simple”
Dealing with the holidays shouldn’t be one overwhelming job. “Break everything down into small tasks,” Linda advises. Lists and calendars are the keys to your new organized life. Start a list for every holiday category: gifts, decorating, entertaining, Christmas cards. Then get out your calendar and give yourself a realistic deadline for achieving each task. Schedule the time for everything you need to do. Keep your calendar and lists readily accessible.
“Try to have it all completed a few days before the big day so you can relax and enjoy yourself,” Linda emphasizes.
If getting organized sounds time-consuming in itself, keep in mind that the few hours you spend beforehand will save you many hours of aggravation later.
‘The Best of Things” wants to help by offering not only gift suggestions for everyone on your list, but tips on how to wrap the mountain of presents, decorate for the season and stay warm during the holiday. So start reading now.