In my last post, I told you I would help you de-clutter your holiday “to-do” list. Are you ready?

    • Set aside 30 minutes of time when you will not be interrupted.
    • Take nine minutes to write down all the items on your holiday “to-do” list. You know what I’m talking about: cooking, shopping, wrapping, baking, hosting, etc.
    • Take three deep breaths to clear your mind. Then set a timer for six minutes and sit in silence, with your eyes downcast or closed. Let your thoughts come and go.
    • When the six minutes are up, review your list with “fresh eyes.” Ask yourself: Does anyone care if this happens? How could I do this differently and with less effort? Can someone else take on this task? 
    • Then make a commitment to cross off the items that feel heavy and no longer serve you. Focus instead on those tasks that you truly enjoy. 

This kind of mental organizing and decluttering can be very energizing. When you allow yourself to let go of unrealistic or stressful obligations, you’re apt to discover that those “to dos” that you actually do undertake will be more enjoyable, because you will be able to focus more time on them. If you’d rather tap into your inner artist and make your cookies your canvas, then pass on hosting the holiday dinner for 20. Chances are your cookies will be a bigger hit than the green bean casserole anyway.

Here’s to a clutter free holiday. Cheers!

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