Ready or not, Christmas is just around the corner. It’s the most magical time of the year, but also one of the busiest. Whether you are looking to simplify this year or take advantage of all that this season has to offer, these 10 time-saving hacks will help you stay sane and make the most of your time.
10 Christmas Hacks to Save Time
1. Decide what is most important and add it to the calendar now. Christmas parties, festivals, concerts, family gatherings and more crowd your calendar in December. Decide which events you must attend and which you can skip now.
2. Shop online when possible. Online shopping has changed so much when it comes to Christmas shopping. Instead of fighting the crowd for that perfect gift, simply buy it online and have it shipped to your home. Many online stores offer free shipping as an incentive at Christmas time and have the same or similar sales as what’s going on instore so you will get a good deal and save time.
3. Ditch the china and use paper plates. In the end, no one will care or remember what you served your food on so save yourself some time and use paper plates.
4. Wrap Christmas lights around cardboard for easy storage. You’ll save yourself time whenever you aren’t fighting tangled up lights next year.
5. Crush candy canes and keep them in a decorative jar for a festive look and an easy way to make coffees, cookies, and hot chocolate jolly. Guests will be amazed at how easily you can make any treat special for Christmas.
6. Have a plan before you start Christmas shopping. Make a list of who you have to shop for and what you want to buy them. Window shopping will lead to unnecessary purchases so try to stick to your list and only visit the stores that you planned to visit ahead of time.
7. Use your crockpot to cook and keep drinks warm. Whenever having company over, make hot chocolate or another beverage in the crockpot. It’ll save you time as everyone can fill their cup as needed.
8. Make cookie dough ahead of time and freeze it. If you plan to bake multiple batches of cookies this year, make all your cookie dough at once and simply freeze what you want to save for later. Set it out to flaw the day before you need it. Bake your cookies and they will taste just as good as ever.
9. Stock up on basics ahead of time. You know that you’ll need extra paper towels, toilet paper, butter, eggs, etc., so buy these items in bulk. Later you will be glad that you did.
10. Delegate. Put your husband and kids to work! After all, Christmas is a time for families to come together.
The most wonderful time of the year shouldn’t be stressful. With these 10 hacks you’ll be able to make the most of your time so that you can focus on what really matters: Celebrating Christmas!