Get Prepared for the 2009 Holiday Season – Tip 3
On December 8, 2005 I was fortunate enough to be featured in the Home Section of The Washington Post. The article highlighted my tips for an organized celebration. Four years later as I re-read my tips, I am happy to say that my tips are still relevant. So here are my tips on being prepared for the holidays.
Stock up on the basics the sooner the better, before lines get longer and parking lots fill up.
- Decor storage– Get wreath, ornament and artificial tree storage now! They tend to sell out quickly. This year especially, stores can’t afford to get stuck with seasonal items so they are keeping a lower than normal inventory. (Don’t want to spend money on these uni-taskers or trying to preserve the environment? Stop by the local liquor store and pick-up liquor or wine bottle boxes. The dividers help protect your ornaments and the stores are happy to share the boxes. Another option – Did you receive a gift of fruit? Hang on to the shipping box, they usually come with padding which helps protect your decor.)
- Last Minute Gifts– Have you ever been in a situation when some unexpected fives you a present? Be ready to reciprocate with a unisex and consumable gift. Think scented candles, a bottle of wine, fancy maple syrup, gourmet olive oil or vinegar, or a gift card to Starbucks. I buy generic wrap in one solid color (white or silver) and have ribbons in many colors. I customize the gift wrap for specific holidays, gender or individual by using a different color ribbons. I buy clear cellophane wrap for odd shaped gifts. Attach a blank tag and keep a pen nearby for quick inscribing.
I hope this preparation helps you have a more enjoyable holiday season!