COOL HOLIDAY ORGANIZING TIPS
by Maria Gracia
Now that the holidays are here, make it a goal to avoid
holiday stress. Get organized with these simple tips,
and spend your time enjoying the warmth of the season.
A NUTCRACKER. Don't you just hate when you're getting
ready to bake and you can't get those small vanilla
extract bottles open? Simply grip the cap with a nutcracker
and it will be off in an instant. This is a great time
saver! (Works well with nail
polish bottles too!)
A LIST. CHECK IT TWICE. Make written (or typed)
lists for the holidays and it will be much easier to
remember everything. Excellent lists to have this time
of year are gift lists, budget lists, meal planning
lists, holiday card lists, lists to tell you where you
stashed your gifts, event lists and activity lists.
LINES. Avoid malls on the weekends when they're
crowded. If possible, shop during the weekdays, and
shop early in the day. Avoid the post office on Saturdays,
and during lunch
hours. Better yet, stay home and do all of your shopping
from the Internet or mail order catalogs. You can get
almost anything you want these days, from the comfort
of your own home.
YOUR KIDS TO HELP YOU. Need a little bit of help
organizing your house, and keeping it organized this
month? Your kids could help. Tell them that Santa only
comes to an organized house. No matter how young or
old your kids, the ultimate message is still clear.
If everyone helps out, the season will be merrier.
A TABLECLOTH FOR THE BIG STUFF. Need to wrap a very
large gift, and wasting time wondering how you're going
to do it? Buy a large, paper, holiday tablecloth and
use it to wrap your super-size gifts.
THE SIMPLE ROUTE WITH MEALS. Rather than making
the holidays a big production, if you're trying to save
time and reduce stress, go the simple route. Cook simple
dishes, or have meals catered. Meet everyone at a restaurant.
Buy your meals pre-cooked from your supermarket. Ask
everyone to bring over their favorite dish. Bake one
or two varieties of cookies, instead of five. Think
SOME EXTRA GIFTS. Don't you hate it when someone
gives you a gift, and you have nothing to give in return?
Buy a few general gifts that could be given to anyone.
Videos, restaurant gift certificates, candy or nice
stationery work well. Wrap the gifts, and write a very
small code on the bottom of the gift so you'll remember
what's inside. When someone drops by with a gift for
you, you'll have an exchange in seconds!
MONEY 'AND' TIME WHEN GIFT BUYING. Here are my top
four ideas to do so:
Ask everyone to make gift lists for you that include
choices under $25 (or whatever amount you choose)
and where they can be purchased. Make your own list
of 3 items for them. Exchange your lists, and you're
guaranteed to give what people want and to get what
you want. This really helps to avoid clutter caused
by gifts received that you and your recipient's don't
need! (Thank goodness fish ties are finally gone .
. . or are they???)
Rather than exchanging gifts, perhaps you can suggest
everyone agrees to put the money towards a group dinner
or excursion. This works great for the home, or the
Give gift certificates, and ask for gift certificates.
don't clutter. They don't cost much to ship. People
can buy what they want. It's a win-win-win situation!
Instead of buying gifts for everyone, determine if
you can get a group of people to have a Secret Santa
gift exchange. Basically, everyone puts their name
in a box. The box is then shaken to mix up the names.
Each person chooses one person's name from the box,
but doesn't tell anyone which name was picked. However,
he/she is responsible for buying a gift for the person
the Secret Santa wraps his/her gift, he/she just puts
(his/her recipient's name), but doesn't indicate who
is from. All gifts go in one general area.
gift giving day, the recipient's find their gifts and
guess who their Secret Santa is. If they can't guess,
is a fun way to celebrate, and saves tons of time and
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