5 Must-Haves for an Organized Holiday

Published Friday, December 07, 2012 9:10 PM

The most wonderful time of the year is once again upon us. Celebrate a stress-free season with five holiday organization must-haves.


Holiday Hub: Why leave "making a list and checking it twice" to Santa? This year, dedicate a binder or pretty notebook to corral all-things holiday. Create menus, recipes and shopping lists in advance and keep in your holiday command center notebook. By sticking to lists, you avoid stress and prevent costly impulse buys and duplicate purchases. When the holidays end, store the notebook with seasonal decorations to pull out next year for an easy jump start.


Gift Grab Bag: Prevent the last-minute gift scramble by stockpiling small, inexpensive gifts. Books, ornaments, candles and yummy treats all make excellent hostess gifts throughout the season. Or consider buying a case of wine; you'll reap a discount and always have a gift on hand. Über-organized folks will want to stock up for next year during the post-holiday sales.


Wrapping Command Center: Running out of tape while wrapping is a major holiday buzzkill. Set up a wrapping command center with all your needs before you begin. Buying a carton of tape should see you through the holidays and 2013. Select a signature paper for the year's gifts and buy it in bulk so there's plenty on hand. For cost-effective wrapping, choose brown kraft paper, which can be dressed up with different ribbons and trims all year long.


Kitchen Staples: If baking or cooking is part of your holiday repertoire, stock your pantry with essentials and eliminate the race to the store for missing ingredients. Many online grocers make ordering as easy as a mouse click; save the list for next year's festivities so you don't need to start from scratch.


Holiday Gratuities: The approach of 2013 means end of the year gratuities. Make dishing out tips easy with a festive box of assorted holiday cards. And head to the bank for a stack of crisp, new bills.

Happy organized holidays!



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