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Resolutions for next year's holiday season

Well, the Thanksgiving-through-New Year's holiday marathon is over. All that's left is to un-decorate the house, haul a dead evergreen out to the curb...and regain my composure. While this year's festivities are still fresh on my mind, I resolve (again) to make next year's holidays more efficient and less stressful. Here are my resolutions:

1. Get the house in shape by the end of October. That means watching less football and doing more cleaning and fixing.

2. Buy new show shovels and ice scrapers in November. We thought we went into this winter fully stocked, but a couple of old tools broke as we dug out of December's snow, and now the stores are depleted.

3. Ship blankets and comforters off to the dry cleaner in September so we're well-prepared for visitors.

4. Organize--and label--all the bedding by size so mom is not the only one in the house who can find the right sheets for a specific bed.

5. Polish any silver that needs a touch-up before Thanksgiving, so it's ready to roll through the holidays.

6. Pack away this year's decorations in a specific order so I can access certain things (like wintery garlands for fireplace mantles) early and decorate in phases. I vow to keep the early box on top of the stash!

7. Pay all bills early in October, November and December so we enter the holidays with a clean slate. And that will lessen the worry over bills lost in the deluge of junk mail.

8. Get routine appointments and errands done before December 15 because traffic jams cause everything to take at least twice as long as usual after that date.

9. Replace any dingy glassware or broken cooking tools no later than Columbus Day.

10. Keep an eye out for summery presents for home and garden when they're on sale in June and July, so I don't have to give people sweaters yet again next year.

Have suggestions? Please add them to the list!

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  January 5, 2010; 12:35 PM ET
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For people who enjoy shopping it is a good idea to buy gifts throughout the year. When the perfect gift for a friend or relative is seen, buy it now.

Posted by: char78 | January 6, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

If you're traveling for the holidays, buy your tickets early. Every year we procrastinate and every year we end up spending more than we'd like. If we planned way ahead, we could use miles ... "free" seats fill up fast.

Posted by: cynthiapang | January 6, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

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