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5 Easy Ways to Prepare for the Holiday Season

Don’t let the rush get you down

Photography: Pat Dy (Main Photos)

We’re all too familiar with the stress the merry season brings. While we’re all looking forward to a long break with friends and family, we must come face to face with long lines in stores, traffic jams, and work to-do lists. Instead of worrying about these things, rise up and conquer it with proper planning and optimism. Get started with these easy ideas:

1. Clean your house daily.

This doesn’t mean you spend hours making sure every corner is spic-and-span! Devote a few minutes on an area or corner—declutter, rearrange your items, and see if there are items you can discard. It pays schedule a thorough cleaning every weekend, too. Doing small things can help you prep the home just in time for the celebrations.

2. Schedule sleepovers in advance.

Expecting friends and guests over the holiday break? Call them in advance and ask when they are planning to visit. If you’re expecting balikbayan relatives, it’s best to plan and prepare the room where they can stay, too. Having a proper schedule can save you from extra stress and an overcrowded home.

READ: 6 Ways to Transform Your Bedroom Into A Hotel-Like Haven

3. Shop for gifts online.

Aside from being a place where you can showcase happy memories and fun photos, Instagram has become a spot for budding brands to promote local and handmade goodies, too. Keep away from traffic and busy shoppers by looking for gifts online—grab the chance to give something unique and special without leaving the comforts of your home.

4. Have a checklist.

The easiest way to beat the rush is with a simple list complete with details of your activities, must-dos, and a schedule of when you need to accomplish each. An ultimate countdown checklist can help you track your progress and check if you missed any chore. Create your own Christmas list with this guide.

5. Work on your decor.

If you’re the type who loves sprucing up the home during the Christmas season, it’s best to start as early as now. Finalize a theme (if you want to work with one), bring out your well-loved tree and ornaments, and have fun brightening up the home with touches of red and green.

Those on the lookout for affordable décor can schedule a trip to Quiapo or wait for the malls to hold a sale (usually a week or two weeks before Christmas). Just make sure you’ve accomplished your other tasks before heading out so you can focus on scoring deals and finding the pieces you need.

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