Plan ahead: Draft a master plan with the time-sensitive tasks at the top: shipping gifts abroad, holiday cards, and house renovations/repairs before the holiday party or arrival of houseguests.
Decorate: Don’t stop at the foyer. Some holiday decorating—just small touches—throughout creates a more festive feel.
Less is more: Keep in mind the fine line between attractively festive and too much. Don’t overwhelm your home or your lawn.
Candles and lighting: Lighting can help create the right ambiance. Dim the lights and use candles with caution.
Baking treats: Holidays are all about those special once-a-year treats. Build time into your plan for this – either baking or a trip to your favorite bakery.
Gift wrapping: Coordinating gift-wrap styles and colors, finding unique ribbon and accents, gathering the right-size boxes to wrap loose items all take time. Set aside time so recipients don’t see what you are packing!!
Involve the kids: Get the kids to help as much as possible and create lasting memories and traditions.
Plan for the unexpected: Ensure there’s enough food in the freezer for unexpected drop-ins. Have ready a basket of pre-wrapped, inexpensive gifts just in case.
Know when to hire help for the holidays: A lot of holiday prepping is fun, but know your limits and hire help for the holidays before things get out of control. Get assistance from close friends and family, or ask Potomac Concierge and our professional organizers and personal assistants will help.
Help for the Holidays in Washington, DC
Call Potomac Concierge today and let our personal organizers and professional personal assistants help for the holidays in Washington, DC and the surrounding metro areas. If you know someone overwhelmed with a busy family and demanding job consider a Potomac Concierge gift certificate and give them “gift of time” this year.
Stay tuned for our next blog on post holiday organization and learn how to properly store your ornaments, lights, artificial trees/wreaths and more!