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
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.