Mrs. Fixit: Holiday Time Savers

December 14, 2008 5:12:56 AM PST
We're all crunched for time during the holidays, but we do want to enjoy the season. So I have some ideas to help you out.

Precook. The week after Thanksgiving make some meals that are easily doubled and freeze a second meal. You're making one mess with one set of ingredients, but we're saving your time closer to the holiday.

You can also do this with a lot of cookie recipes. Make them ahead of time and stash them in the freezer. They're all set to go and you can bake a batch when you need them.

Address and stamp all of your holiday cards early. You don't have to write them, just address the envelopes. You can write a few cards each evening, or when you're waiting somewhere and have a minute. You won't have to worry if I checked this person or that person off the list because when the envelopes are gone, you'll know you're done.

Shop early and shop online. A lot of retailers will have discounted for free shipping for the holidays. And the time and hassle online shopping can save you is worth its wait in gold. Plus, this way, you can even shop in your jammies.

One last tip, pull out your family's holiday clothes early in the month. Make sure that everyone's clothes fit and make a list of things you may need like like tights or ties. Make sure you get your clothes cleaned and pressed early so you won't be scrambling on Christmas Eve.

I'm Mrs. Fixit and it's just that simple.


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