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Stay Organized This Holiday Season with These 5 Tips

The holidays can be a hectic time, but a little organization can ensure a calm and joyful season.

The holiday season is filled with love, laughter, twinkling lights, food, and a lot of items that need organization. The good news is with these 5 tips, you can create a festive home while staying organized and stress-free!

1. Make Your List: With new products being put out on store’s shelves immediately following Halloween, you may be tempted to start purchasing new house-ware items and decor right away. Instead of overbuying, make an inventory of all the items you already have for the holidays. Take stock of your wrapping paper, bows, Christmas lights, and place settings. Once you know what you have, you can shop smart and only buy what you need.

2. Clear Clutter: As you take inventory of all the items you have, start clearing out items you no longer use. Often times Christmas decorations get buried behind old clothes and boxes in the back of your closet. Take this time to donate all your unused items to charity and organize your storage in a way that is clear and accessible.

3. Automate Your Holiday Cards: During the holidays, you may become overwhelmed trying to make sure all your relatives and friends receive their Christmas card. Create a spreadsheet with everyone’s address, so that when you are ready to start sending cards out, no one is missed. You can also create a column for gift ideas if you will be sending packaging to these recipients as well.

4. Make Your Menu: As you start planning holiday parties or dinners, create menus for each event so that you don’t miss any key ingredients in your holiday dishes. Make a master grocery list of everything you need, and make a list of dishes that other people can bring to each event to alleviate the amount of cooking you will need to do.

5. Plan Your Shopping Trips: Shopping during the holiday season is often chaotic and stressful. Rather than stumbling around stores trying to find every gift you need, make a plan of attack. Make a list of all the stores you need to go to or websites where you need to make purchases. Under each store write down which gifts will be bought there. Try to only make one trip to each store to save you time, and only one purchase from each website to save on shipping costs. You can also make an envelope specifically for coupons that you can take with you to save on all your holiday purchases.

The holidays are the perfect season to cook flavorful meals, decorate your home, and spend quality time with friends and family. By using these organizational tips, you can spend less time frantically planning and more time enjoying the true meaning of the season!The holiday season is filled with love, laughter, twinkling lights, food, and a lot of items that need organization. The good news is with these 5 tips, you can create a festive home while staying organized and stress-free!

1. Make Your List: With new products being put out on store’s shelves immediately following Halloween, you may be tempted to start purchasing new house-ware items and decor right away. Instead of overbuying, make an inventory of all the items you already have for the holidays. Take stock of your wrapping paper, bows, Christmas lights, and place settings. Once you know what you have, you can shop smart and only buy what you need.

2. Clear Clutter: As you take inventory of all the items you have, start clearing out items you no longer use. Often times Christmas decorations get buried behind old clothes and boxes in the back of your closet. Take this time to donate all your unused items to charity and organize your storage in a way that is clear and accessible.

3. Automate Your Holiday Cards: During the holidays, you may become overwhelmed trying to make sure all your relatives and friends receive their Christmas card. Create a spreadsheet with everyone’s address, so that when you are ready to start sending cards out, no one is missed. You can also create a column for gift ideas if you will be sending packaging to these recipients as well.

4. Make Your Menu: As you start planning holiday parties or dinners, create menus for each event so that you don’t miss any key ingredients in your holiday dishes. Make a master grocery list of everything you need, and make a list of dishes that other people can bring to each event to alleviate the amount of cooking you will need to do.

5. Plan Your Shopping Trips: Shopping during the holiday season is often chaotic and stressful. Rather than stumbling around stores trying to find every gift you need, make a plan of attack. Make a list of all the stores you need to go to or websites where you need to make purchases. Under each store write down which gifts will be bought there. Try to only make one trip to each store to save you time, and only one purchase from each website to save on shipping costs. You can also make an envelope specifically for coupons that you can take with you to save on all your holiday purchases.

The holidays are the perfect season to cook flavorful meals, decorate your home, and spend quality time with friends and family. By using these organizational tips, you can spend less time frantically planning and more time enjoying the true meaning of the season!

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