Organizing Receipts

If you are gift giving this holiday season you will be bombarded with receipts.  Place an envelope in your purse, and use it for all the gifts you buy.  When you give a gift, you will know exactly where the receipt is if you need it. For an more advanced technique, create two envelopes-one for receipts of gifts and one for receipts of supplies (such as wrapping paper and cards.) This will also ...

House Guests

Many of us have houseguests during the holiday season.  Some are expected, and some are unexpected!  Either way it is important to get prepared.  If you use air mattresses, blow them up and make sure they don't leak.  Also be sure that any sheets you for guests are clean.  Take a minute to dust the guest room, and fluff the pillows and curtains. A few minutes of preparation will give you piece of ...

Christmas Cleaning

Although we are strapped for time during the holidays, its a perfect time to do a little cleaning at your home.  For mot people, having a clean home takes away stress and makes the holidays more enjoyable.  As a Christmas present to yourself, consider hiring a cleaning service for the commonly used areas like bathrooms and kitchens.  Then take the extra time to tackle items like curtains that need ...

Cookie Swap

If you have lots of friends who are good bakers, and everyone is dreaming of holiday baking, I have a solution for you. Sit down, make a list of cookies, and assign every person participating an item to bake.  For example, one person makes brownies, one makes chocolate chip cookies, one makes sugar cookies, etc. However, instead of making one batch of your assigned cookie, make one batch for ...