Holiday Survival Guide

Holiday Survival GuideDo you want to have a cool, calm, and collected holiday season?

Are you looking for some practical tips to help you get things done, manage your belongings, and streamline your calendar?

The holiday season is a busy time filled with parties, dinners, concerts, vacations, and shopping…not to mention wrapping up end-of-year responsibilities at work, home, school, and everywhere in between.

It’s no surprise to see tensions running high, schedules packed to the max, and stress levels through the roof.

But, just because other people are scrambling around and stressed out doesn’t mean you have to be!

By deliberately planning your days and taking thoughtful actions, you can sail through the holiday season with grace and ease, and less stress to boot.

In this post, you’ll find a collection of posts to help you successfully navigate through the holidays.

This holiday survival guide has lots of useful information, from streamline meal preparation, to decluttering your home, to traveling, to managing your time, to wrapping things up at work.

You’re sure to find at a least of couple of posts that will make the next few weeks more orderly for you and yours.

Here’s to making your holiday season merry and bright!


Prepare for the Holiday Season

Want to get a head start when it comes to preparing for the holiday season? These posts will help you set a firm foundation for all the gathering, celebrations, and gift-giving to come.

10 Smart Ways to Beat Holiday Stress

How to Make a Budget

How to Organize a List

How to Pack a Grocery Bag

How to Get Organized After a Shopping Trip

How to Get Organized After Shopping at a Big Box Store

How to Keep Money Organized in Your Wallet

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How to Save Time at the Gym

How to Quickly Organize Items

How to Stay Organized By Writing Yourself Notes

4 Ways to Make Sure You Schedule an Appointment in Your Calendar

How to Stop Overbooking Your Schedule

3 Ways to Avoid Overbooking Your Schedule

How to Get Organized After a Vacation


Get Things Done this Holiday Season

Just because it’s the holiday season doesn’t mean you can’t work productively. You just need to work smarter, and not harder! These posts will help you get things done throughout the season.

Want to Be More Productive? Do One Thing at a Time

How to Actually Finish Your To-Do List

How to Stop Procrastinating

How to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective

50 Productive Things You Can Do in Five Minutes

What to Do When You Lose Track of Time

6 Time Management Lies You Need to Stop Telling Yourself

15 Time Management Questions to Ask Yourself at the End of the Day

7 Time Management Tools You Can Find in Your Home


Take Care of Yourself Today and Everyday

Self-care is a must during the holidays, especially when you’re running around out picking up gifts, buying food, and wrapping up all those funky last-minute tasks at home and work. Make sure you take care of yourself with these practical posts.

Want More Time for Yourself? Stop Squeezing in One More Thing

Why Saying ‘No’ is Important for Your Schedule

Why You Should Schedule Nothing in Your Calendar

Feeling Unproductive? It’s Okay if You Don’t Finish Everything on Your To-Do List

4 Easy Ways to Have a Relaxing Weekend

How to Schedule Your Vacation Time

7 Reasons to Be Thankful for Clutter

20 Thoughtful End of Year Reflection Questions

Make the Most Out of the Last Few Weeks of Work

It’s no surprise work and school tends to slow down at the end of the year. Use these tips to help you wrap things up and pass the time before the celebrations begin.

How to Meet a Deadline on Time

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What You Need to Do After Finishing a Project

How to Be Productive at Work When There's Nothing to Do

How to Be Productive at Work on Fridays

17 Smart Tips for Working From Home

How to Declutter Your Home Office

14 Fantastic Paper Decluttering Tips

5 Paper Decluttering Tips for the Office

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How to Leave Work on Time

How to Make Your Commute More Productive


Declutter and Organize Your Home

Hosting friends and family for several days over the holidays? Expecting guests for a party? Maybe you’re just plain tired of staring at piles of clutter! These practical tips will help you declutter and put your home in ship-shape order.

How to Declutter Your Home

31 Things to Throw Away Right Now

23 Decluttering Questions to Ask Yourself at Home

How to Easily Declutter Paper

How to Declutter Your Shower Area

How to Declutter Toys

How to Declutter a Shoe Collection

40 Thoughtful Ways to Organize Items

How to Organize Miscellaneous Items

How to Organize a Messy Room

How to Organize Your Closet

How to Organize Your Room

How to Organize a Nightstand

How to Organize a Spice Rack

How to Organize Kitchen Utensils

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How to Organize a Hallway

How to Organize a Linen Closet


Smart Traveling Tips

Whether you’re visiting family members around the corner or friends on another continent, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead. You’ll definitely want to keep these smart traveling tips handy.

How to Make a Travel Itinerary

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How to Pack a Backpack

How to Organize a Personal Care Item Kit

7 Tips to Help You Stay Organized While Traveling

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Meal Preparation and Entertaining

From a petite plate of sugar cookies, to a lavish feast set up for friends and family, everyone can use help preparing and entertaining guests. Try out any of these tips over the next several weeks.

How to Organize a Party

A Thoughtful Collection of Party Planning Tips

How to Create a Thanksgiving Dinner Timeline


Quick and Easy Solutions

You’re running behind schedule and you need a problem solved, stat. What should you do? Grab any one of these quick and easy tips for a satisfying solution at home or on the run!

How to Manage Time When You’re in a Hurry

3 Surprisingly Simple Time Management Tips You Can Use Today

How to Be Productive When You’re Tired

7 Quick Tips to Keep Things Tidy

5 Simple Steps to Organizing Anything


Help Others with Ease

Will you be giving back to your community this season? Here are a few ways you can make the most of your time while helping others this holiday season.

How to Organize Volunteers

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End of Year Wrap Up Tips

It’s the end of another calendar year and you know what that means…it’s time gather your paperwork and get things organized. These posts will help you do just that.

How to Organize Bills

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A Quick List of Common Household Files


New Year’s Resolution Tips

Are you ready to crush your new year’s resolution? If so, you’ll definitely want to start today! Get started on organizing your resolutions and goals with these tips.

Goal Setting How-to-Guide

New Year's Resolution Worksheet

10 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution | Looking to keep your resolution in the New Year? Any resolution requires hard work, diligence, and patience. Here are ten tips that can help you stay on track.

17 Quotes to Help You Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution | Ready to make the New Year your best year yet? Stick to your New Year's Resolution with this list of seventeen inspirational and motivational quotes.

3 Easy Ways to Work Towards Your Goals

7 Ways to Be More Productive in 2019

8 Ways to Be More Productive in 2019

Why Now is the Right Time to Get Started on Your Goals

How to Achieve Your Goals with Quarterly Reviews


Make Plans for the New Year

Getting a head start on the new year is as simple as breaking out your planner, or notebook. Put those plans onto paper or on screen with these practical posts.

Quiz: Should You Use a Digital or Paper Planner?

How to Choose a Paper Planner

How to Effectively Use a Paper Planner

40 Things to Schedule into Your Calendar in 2019

19 Fun Things to Put on a Calendar

How to Organize a Notebook or Journal

How about you? What do you think is the most difficult part of navigating the busy holiday season? Which of these posts are you going to use during the holidays? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!

Holiday Survival Guide

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.
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