David Allen, in his book “Getting Things Done”, mentions that one way to keep things from overwhelming you is to limit their entry point. In other words, make decisions about what stuff and how much of it shall come into your house for the holidays. Take catalogs for example. By mid-October you probably have several versions of the same company’s catalogs. Right when they enter your doorway as mail, throw out as many as you think you can part with. Next are the requests from charities. The trouble with donating at all is that the charities make even more money from selling your address to other organizations, who, in turn, send you their requests. I have a few favorite organizations I send donations to, but when I see a new one I tend to throw it in the recycling container without opening it.
Do you have stashes of used wrapping paper? Christmas cards sent to you in previous years? Do you re-use them? Great!! Or do you just hang on to them but buy new wrapping paper each year? One more question…have you ever come across potential gifts you bought earlier but then either forgot you had them or couldn’t find where you stashed them? Welcome to the club!