and for many people that means shopping, parties, and lots of houseguests. We have helpful tips and tricks to help you navigate this hectic time of year and survive in style.
1. Easy ways to decorate your home
2. Be the hostess with the mostess
3. Find the best gifts without breaking the bank
Cleaning up all of the holiday decorations can cause additional stress. Prevent it by not going overboard this year.
Use what's on hand! Ribbons, wrapped gifts, poinsettias, pinecones, and more make for beauitiful decorations when displayed around your home. Scented candles help set the scene, too. Use them in a bathroom and you won't need other decorations.
Hosting and entertaining are often the main causes of holiday stress. At the beginning of the season, do a deep clean and pay special attention to areas where guests will be, such as the entryway, guest bathroom, guest bedroom, and dining room.
Empty the hall closet so guests have a place to hang their coats (instead of piling them on a bed). Stock the guest bathroom with extra handsoap, towels, and toilet paper.
If you're hosting a party or holiday meal, pick out your favorite serving pieces before the season starts. Gather them in a spot you'll remember so they'll be at the ready.
Make a plan, write a list, and set a budget. A little prep before starting holiday shopping will save you hours of time searching for the perfect gift. Overspending during the holidays adds to stress for many people, so set a realistic budget and stick to it.
Stock up on gift wrapping essentials like paper, tape, and ribbon at the beginning of the season. When shopping, check websites and ask stores if they offer gift wrapping to save you time. Many shopping centers have gift wrapping stations that donate their proceeds to charity.