Timesavers Around the Holidays.

The holidays can be stressful and anxiety-inducing, but a little organization goes a long way. Here are some tips from Joanna Zucker to help streamline the process this year and for years to come.

 

Shopping

 

Make lists of what you need early:

  • Thanksgiving meal – Create a folder with copies of your favorite recipes and the accompanying grocery shopping lists. No need to recreate the meal each year (unless you like to of course) - simply pull out the folder with your menu and you're ready to shop.
  • Christmas gifts – think about each person on your list from kids, to family, friends, teachers, caregivers, postman, paper delivery boy, cleaning ladies, and so on. Put your list in your PDA or purse so it is readily available to you for reference.

 

Determine how you like to shop. Are you a binge shopper? The type who just likes to take a day and either hit the local shopping area or outlet mall and tick everything on your list? Or are you the type who likes to pick up things as you see them. Either way always have your list with you (consider putting it on your I Phone, Blackberry, Palm or other device).

 

Calendar

 

In early November sit down and fill out your holiday calendar. Think about: work events, events that you host, children’s school events, “memory making” events (ala going to see the tree get lit in town, viewing Christmas light displays, going to see Santa, Menorah lighting for Hanukkah at the Temple or Church events.)

 

Once you choose the dates for the events you will host, get your invite ready. Consider using: Electronic invite through Evite or other sites, sending your invite out via email to save postage, some trees and time. I like to buy nice decorated paper ahead of time when I see it on sale (Kinko’s and Staples are great places to look after holidays) and print them at home for those invitations that have to be postal-mailed.