You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Features

  • Whaddayaknow
    1. What Christmas carol did Jimmy Boyd make famous when he was 13 years old?2. What former astronaut spent four terms as a senator?3. Where is the well-known medical clinic the Mayo Clinic based?4.
  • Costs up, but hotel deals still available
    Summer vacationers looking for deals on hotel rooms are going to have to search a little harder.
  • Romantic ideas for spring
    With warmer temperatures, now is a perfect time to enjoy the romance of Fort Wayne with a loved one.
Advertisement
stock.xchng
Bring friends together for a wrapping party.

Get organized for holidays

If holidays are more stressful than joyful, your schedule could be at the root of the problem. Vicki Norris, professional organizer, says a peaceful season begins by focusing on your calendar. Start this season off right with these five guidelines.

•Decide what is most important to you. Ask yourself: What would I be sorry if I missed?

•Differentiate between obligations and choices. “If you have been dragging yourself to the company party for years, vainly attempting to illuminate the neighborhood with your twinkle lights (in the rain) or dreading hosting one more expensive gathering, let yourself off the hook,” Norris says.

Schedule the events and family traditions that are important to you. This is when you get out your calendar. Set priorities for invitations, and schedule the most important ones first. “Eliminate any that you cannot reasonably fit in without overload,” she says. Be courteous and send in RSVPs early.

•Schedule preparation time. This is the step that often gets nixed, but it is one of the most important. If you have baking or cooking to do, schedule menu preparation and shopping. Schedule time to clean, decorate, mail Christmas cards and wrap. “Make holiday preparations richer by including friends.” Bring friends together for a “wrap party” or a “card party.” Go ahead and schedule post-holiday chores. Plan a day to return gifts and to take down and recycle the tree.

•Simplify gift-giving. Start by setting a budget. “This is the ideal time not to try to keep up with the Joneses.” Buy gift cards, and “give an experience rather than more stuff.” Make holidays richer by donating to others. Consider enlisting family and friends for a day of volunteering.

– HGTV

Advertisement