Simple Holidays With JORD Watches

*Disclosure: this post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches, but all opinions, photos, and ramblings are my own.*

It probably comes as no surprise that for most people, things don't really slow down after Thanksgiving. It's more of the proverbial calm before the Christmas storm, when people are even more busy gift buying, traveling, decorating, and spreading a general air of cheery chaos. But, if you've read any of my posts before, you probably know that it doesn't have to be like that. I'm all for simplifying the holiday season in the same way you'd simplify your closet or your social schedule, but depending on the level of chaos you're used to, it may take some intentionality. I wanted to share a few of the ways I intentionally simplify our lives around the holidays. 

1. Do A Preliminary De-Clutter

As you dust off your Christmas decorations and trim the tree, making a quick sweep around the house for clutter or things you don't use anymore will make extra space for your Christmas-y things. 

2. Make A List Of Must-Do's

Making a list of your highest priorities for the season can help make sure you get them all done and don't waste time on non-essentials.

3. Build A Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

Have you ever built a "mini-capsule" for a special season or event? The holidays are the perfect time to simplify your wardrobe and accessories and keep only the things you love around for the season. Plus, it makes getting dressed SO much easier when you have a hundred other things on your plate to worry about. 

This look is one of my favorite from my Holiday/Dressember capsule this year. The dress is my go-to LBD from Sotela (I bought mine from IMBY, one of my favorite ethical shops). The parka was a gift from my sweet hubby a few years ago. And last but not least, my all time favorite accessory — and usually the only one I have on besides my wedding ring — my Zebrawood and Emerald watch from JORD Wood Watches. It's simple, easy to wear with anything, and makes the perfect statement piece for an otherwise basic outfit. 

4. Simplify Your Gift Giving

The quickest way to simplify gifts this year is to not give any at all, but if that feels a bit scrooge-ish, there are lots of other ways to not go overboard. Gifts of time are by far my favorite. They're clutter-free, allow you to spend time with the recipient and can be literally anything from concert tickets, to a coffee date. 

5. If It Adds Stress To Your Life, Don't Do It

I've written before about how busy isn't always better, and I think the same holds especially true during the holidays. If there's a certain event you feel pressured to go to for the sake of someone else, reevaluate why you're choosing to go and know that you're not obligated to do anything that adds to your stress. For me, the fewer the events the better. 

And for a fun (and simple) holiday surprise, I've partnered with JORD to giveaway one of their gorgeous watches to ONE lucky reader. Simply follow the link below, enter your email, and wait until January 15th to see who wins! Plus, everyone who enters will be automatically emailed a $25 coupon code valid until February 28. Click here to enter or use the widget below! Good luck and happy simplifying!