Prepare for the Holidays

There are only 55 days between Halloween and Christmas. Only eight weekends, and many of those already have parties and vacations penciled in. To stay ahead of the holiday rush, it’s time to start planning now.

When it comes to redecorating your home, this end-of-year period sees the most activity. While all the retail stores can switch from Halloween to Holiday between October 31 and November 1, they have weeks of planning and a roster of several employees. You get to go from spooky to fall festive to holiday cheer, with maybe some help from your family.

Make it easier by planning out the transitions. As you pull out the next wave of decorations from your storage, pack away the decorations from the previous holiday and locate those for the next. The upcoming season also includes many of the most demanding traditional meals of the year. It’s one thing to pin a tasty-looking recipe on Pinterest, but often, it’s quite another to prepare all the recipes on your board and serve them to your guests.

As you select the recipes for your feasts, write them down in your planner on a good day to go shopping for them. Then you won’t have any last-minute grocery runs spoiling your Thanksgiving morning. You can apply a similar strategy for gifts and other necessities: writing the list down in your planner gives you a calm reminder that doesn’t get lost in the sea of electronic notifications.

Finally, make yourself a visual reminder of your schedule. Print out a dedicated Holiday Calendar and use it for your holiday-specific events and activities. Keep track of every day, and before you know it, you’ll be ringing in 2015.

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