I know one of my biggest motivators to get my house in order is when we are expecting company, especially overnight guests. Now is the time to take back control of your space and tackle some of the areas you may have been avoiding.
Follow these steps and soon your home will be ready to celebrate the season with others:
1) Write It Out - Recently on the podcast, Pete and I talked about the value of mind mapping. This is a perfect opportunity to practice those skills. Take out a piece of a paper and brainstorm all of the things you want to get done prior to your guests' arrival.
Here are a few projects you may see on that list:
- Declutter and clean guest bedroom and bathroom
- Wash guest linens
- Plan activities and events - purchase tickets, make reservations, etc.
- Plan meals
- Grocery shop
- Clean house
In addition to tips above, download our Holiday Checklist as a guide. The checklist begins two weeks prior to Christmas and is a great tool to keep you on track.
2) Prioritize - Now that you have a list of things to do, figure out what needs to be done first and what can be delegated. A simple approach to this might be to look your calendar and work backwards. Think about what could be done ahead of time versus what can only be done the day before. You don’t have to do this by yourself. Sometimes with ADHD, it can be difficult to prioritize, so don’t be afraid to ask a friend, a spouse, or family member to help you plan ahead. This alone can eliminate a great deal of stress just knowing you have a second opinion and someone to help get it all done.
3) Delegate - It’s a lot of pressure to get your home ready for company all by yourself. I suggest looking for tasks that can be delegated. If you have older children in the house, delegate some of the cleaning duties. I know as a parent myself, I don't always give my kids enough credit as to what they are capable of doing. It's not aways easy to give up control, but the anxiety it releases knowing that you are not alone in getting the work done makes it worth it.
4) Schedule - Time will slip away if you are not paying attention to it. To think something will get done this week without actually planning it is not a good strategy. Take the time to look at your calendar, working backwards, just like you did when you prioritized the list, and schedule these tasks. Then after it’s in your calendar, set up reminders for yourself. Whether it's is a phone alarm, sticky note, or a personal call from a friend, do whatever you need to do so you don’t forget about your intentions.
5) Let Go of Perfection - Trying to make everything perfect is a waste of time and will be your worst enemy. Let go of not feeling good enough, because you are perfect just the way you are. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how clean your house was or if you burned the main course, in fact, that may lead to a great story for years to come. What matters, is that you were present and together with your loved ones.
Until Next Time….