With all there is to do between now and New Year's, the best way to avoid an end-of-year meltdown is to tackle your Christmas to-dos well in advance. For a head start-and a smooth holiday season-follow our step-by-step Christmas planner, which spreads tasks over six weeks, instead of two or three. Step 1? Let go of the idea of a "perfect" holiday. "If you want a perfectly decorated home, perfect meals and perfect gifts wrapped in perfect gift wrap, you'll find yourself perfectly stressed out come January," warns Aby Garvey, the organizing and productivity expert at Simplify 101. Instead of striving for perfection this year, she suggests striving for good (and happy). Ready to kick off your happy holiday season? Read on.
Week 1: Make Lists and Time for Yourself
1. Ask older, tech-savvy kids to set up online wish lists, which work like wedding registries. Amazon offers a universal wish list, meaning a person can "wish" for something from any website, and all of the wishes willRead More »from Your Holiday Planning Checklist