Holiday Hacks: Save Time, Reduce Stress & Be Merry
November 20, 2019
The holidays are a magical time of year. But it’s no secret that they can also be super stressful. Some would even describe the holiday season as pure chaos. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the best holiday hacks, so you can save time, reduce stress, and be merry!
Don’t know what gift to get for someone? Ask them what they think you’re getting them. Give them three guesses of what you bought. You now have three ideas for what to get for them! It’s sneaky, but it works. Another strategy is to think about something practical you’ve noticed that would help them in their everyday life that they wouldn’t necessarily think about getting for themselves.
Still have a lot of fall décor laying around? That’s okay, you can repurpose some of it for the winter holiday season! One way is to turn pumpkins into snowmen. You can do this by painting your pumpkins and stacking them on top of each other. This works best with mini pumpkins. For your bigger pumpkins, you can just put a Santa hat on them!
The holidays can be a messy time of year and sometimes things even get broken. If this happens, you can clean up broken glass with a piece of bread. Traditional ways of cleaning up shattered glass are by sweeping the pieces up with a broom which can leave little shards behind, or by vacuuming which can puncture your vacuum bag. Reach for a slice of bread instead. Just carefully press the bread over the broken glass. The sponginess picks up both the big and small shards of glass. Another tip for handling holiday messes is by using a large cardboard box or your laundry basket to throw all the wrapping paper in while people are opening presents. This makes clean up a breeze.
Tired of wrestling with your holiday lights every year? One of the easiest ways to keep them from getting tangled is to wrap them around a piece of cardboard. If you just bought new lights, keep the box they came in and wrap them around that. Another helpful organization tip is to store your ornaments in empty egg cartons. This makes storage easier and helps keep them from breaking.
Food & Drinks
You can cook your ham or turkey in a crockpot. This means more free time to enjoy the day because you don’t have to check on it every 20 minutes. And this also means your oven will have more space for whatever else you’re making. Or you can make a seasonal soup (like butternut squash) with your crockpot. Simply look up holiday crockpot recipes – there are so many creative ideas! Craving hot chocolate but don’t have any? You can make hot chocolate by mixing a scoop of Nutella into warmed milk.
And there you have it, some simple and helpful holiday hacks that will make your life easier, so you have more time and less stress during this busy time of year. We wish you a very merry holiday season!