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Don't let this holiday season be stressful. Simply organize yourself to get it all done
with little to no hassle. Get started early with these easy holiday organization tips.

Be a List Writer - Writing lists is an excellent way to keep yourself organized and
on track. Write your list by hand then type them into a computer and print a neat
copy to keep handy. Some list ideas for you: Christmas gift shopping list, spending
budget, holiday cards list, meal planning, etc. Be sure to keep each list separate
and mark off every task as it is completed.

Learn to Delegate - When it's time to decorate for the holidays, get your family
involved. Delegate specific tasks to each person. This will help you by reducing
decorating time. Your family will also have fun decorating the house for Christmas.
Your family members can also help get the house ready for Christmas by doing
laundry, dusting, clearing snow and shopping.

Order Online - You can cut your shopping time in half (or more!) just by ordering
online. After your shopping list is complete, sit down and shop online. You will most
likely be able to find the majority of your gift list online. What's even better is that
you can save time and money by having some gifts automatically shipped to friends
and family afar. You can even order your groceries online.

Think Ahead ? Christmas happens every year and every year you swear you will
put those decorations back in the right place.  This is a good time to think about
what you can do this year to make next year easier on yourself next Christmas.
Organize your Christmas decorations before storing them in the attic. Jot down any
ideas you might have for next year in a special holiday journal. Collect those
favorite family recipes you requested this year and save them in your holiday
journal for next year's family dinner. And remember to untangle the Christmas lights
before putting them away!

Share the Love ? Plan your holiday dinner early and share the love (or food).  If
you’re hosting the Christmas dinner ask family and friends to each bring a dish,
make sure you ask what everyone is bringing so you don't end up with ten desserts
and no main courses.  This will take a huge amount of stress of you and your family
members can show off their favorite recipes.  If you’re going to someone else's
house for dinner offer to bring a dish along, your offer may be greatly appreciated.

By starting early, doing some online shopping and learning to delegate you can
dramatically reduce your Christmas stress this year.  Christmas shouldn't be a time
of stress and worry, try to slow down so that you can enjoy the sites and
festivities around you and more importantly share it with your family.  Merry
Christmas.


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