Whether you like it or not, with the holidays fast approaching life is about to get a lot busier. Never ending social engagements, get-togethers, cooking, decorating, shopping – the list seems endless. By following these simple tips, you can stay organized and stress-free this holiday season.

Make a list, and check it twice to ensure nothing gets overlooked. Along with your master list, create a budget of how much you want to spend and stick to it.

When possible, plan ahead. According to a recent Duracell survey, over a quarter of parents have forgotten to buy necessary gift accessories, such as wrapping paper, tape, or batteries for gifts. By stocking up on items such as Duracell with DuraLock batteries you can avoid last minute trips to the store, and also avoid disappointment when your kids open their battery powered toys. Another great time saver is to have a supply of host and hostess gifts on hand, like wine or chocolates, so you never have to worry about showing up to a party empty-handed.

If you find crowded shopping malls overwhelming, try shopping online. It’s a great way to save time, to seek out the best deals and to avoid showing up at a store only to find out they no longer have what you need. With many sites offering free shipping, it can pay to shop online.

Finally, one of the most stressful parts of the holiday season can be entertaining friends and family. Whether you’re in charge of dessert, or the entire meal, always plan out what you’re cooking and buy ingredients several days in advance, so you have everything on hand. Try preparing some dishes a day or two in advance to cut down on event day stress. And remember, it’s the season of giving, so if you’re running out of time just ask friends and family to give you a hand.

Even though the holidays are often overwhelming, remember that the most important task on any to-do list is to relax and enjoy the warm company of family and friends!


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