2009-12-03 / Features

Time-saving Tips For An Enjoyable Holiday

The holiday season is a time to spend with friends and family, but is very often characterized by the need for a lot of multitasking. Here are four easy-tofollow tips to help you smooth out your to-do list and make the most out of the holidays this year.

1. Home decorating in a snap. To make decorating easy, purchase decorations that are prelit, easy to hang and require little-tono assembly. When the holidays are over, be sure to neatly organize all of the decorations in weather-proof storage containers. This will guarantee all of your decorations remain intact, orderly and accessible for next year.

2. Dress to impress. Instead of taking time out of your schedule to bring clothes to the dry cleaner, press clothes at home by using a quality iron and steamer.

“By using high-quality products, it’s easy for your clothes and linens to look like they’ve been professionally cleaned and pressed without having to take them to the cleaners,” says “The Queen of Steam,” Barbara Zagnoni. “When you need to save time and money, the best way to care for your linens is to take care of them at home.”

3. Shop with ease. There are often many gifts to purchase and little time to shop. This year, take your holiday shopping online and have the gifts delivered right to your door. For the hard-to-buyfor person on your list, eliminate time spent wrapping and opt for gift cards you can customize with friendly and seasonal gift card holders available at your local convenience store.

4. Meal preparation. For a spin on the traditional dinner, ask guests to bring one food item – preferably something they are known for making really well. Then, invest in some easy-to-prepare appetizers or desserts at the grocery store. Spend an hour the night before the party prepping your dish and you’ll find yourself with more time to put the finishing touches on your family and home.

The holidays should be about quality time with friends and family and less about your to-do list. By following these simple tips, you can get the most out of your holiday season.

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