Whether you’re ready for them or not, the holidays are coming. All signs point to their imminent arrival, from the wreathes decorating your city’s lamp posts to the near ubiquity of Christmas carols following you wherever you go. Now that the countdown is on in earnest, the push to get everything done in time can leave many of us feeling tense. What’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year ends up being the most stressful, leaving you no time to enjoy the season for what it is.
If you’re finding it hard to embrace the spirit of the season, don’t worry; the crew at Abacus Self Storage understands how easy it is to slip into emergency mode in the lead up to the holidays. That’s why we’ve created our very own list of seasonal hacks to help you relax during the hustle and bustle, so you can enjoy the season with your sanity intact.
Part of the reason why so many of us run around during the holidays like the proverbial chicken without its head is because we don’t plan properly for the season. When you don’t have an ironed-out strategy to follow, it’s all too easy to lose sight of your priorities. Before you know it, you get side-tracked by unimportant things. Then you’re behind on the things that matter.
Keep your holidays on track by committing to a plan. Take the time to write out your chores and assign them to a timeline. Set a budget. Get a calendar that works with your lifestyle, and write out any social events. When you enforce this kind of order on the holidays, you can banish anxiety, overspending, and overworking yourself. And if you aren’t convinced — fake it ‘til you make it!
Schedule down time
When you create your plan, don’t forget to schedule some time to yourself. You may not happen upon downtime organically, but if you set aside a specific evening or afternoon to unwind, it will happen. Prioritize relaxation just like it was any other chore, like shopping for presents or decorating the tree.
Do what makes you happy, whether it’s treating yourself to a peppermint mocha before work, booking a massage at a spa, or rolling yourself in a blanket burrito while you binge-watch Stranger Things 2. This simple act of self-care can go a long way to keeping your cool this holiday. The what doesn’t matter, so much as you do it.
By this time, the malls are full of shoppers hunting for the next deal. It takes immense bravery to join them in their ranks, dodging sharp elbows and stomping feet as you go from shop to shop. If you can think of ten ways to better spend your evenings and weekend afternoons than waiting in line at the cash, try shopping online for all your presents this year.
You may have missed out on Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals by now, but you still have time to lock in critical purchases and have them arrive on the big day. It’s a lot more laid back as you peruse the digital shelves from the couch in your pyjamas. And there’s nothing from a boutique shop you can’t find online.
You can even look up Thornhill mini storage options from wherever you get Wi-Fi. This will come in handy when you need help solving seasonal storage problems. From secure hiding places for presents to long-term commercial spaces for retail overstock, we can help you solve it all. Self storage can even be your answer to last-minute gift ideas for the disorganized or space-impaired.
The bottom line?
There’s no magical spell that conjures up the perfect holiday season. At the end of the day, it all hinges on your hard work. That’s a lot of responsibility to shoulder alone, and the weight can suck all the fun out of the festivities.
December is always going to be a busy time of year, but don’t let the stress get to your head. Take the time to organize the rest of the month properly, so you can find the time to enjoy the eggnog.
Let us know your favourite ways of finding peace before the big day, and don’t forget to get in touch to learn about our self storage units in North York, Richmond Hill, and the rest of the GTA — but only once you’ve recovered from the festivities! Until then, the crew at Abacus wants to wish you and yours a very special holiday season, however you choose to celebrate.