Tips to get you holiday-ready in five simple steps

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With so many items on your to-do and to-buy lists, the season of cheer can quickly become the season of overwhelming stress. Use these easy steps to enjoyably and efficiently check everything off your lists in no time.

1. Reduce clutter. On your tables — when guests visit, you’ll have much more room for glasses and plates of sweet treats. In your fridge — purge the old food and condiments to make room for the incoming platters of party trays and leftovers. In the front closet — make room for the impending influx of shoes and coats.

2. Ready your music system. Make sure your CD collection is good to go and your iPod or laptop has adequate playlists that can get you through any type of holiday get-together, from spontaneous drinks to all-night dinner parties.

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3. Hang the decorations and lights. There’s nothing like hanging holiday lights to get you in the spirit. This small afternoon task makes a big visual impact on guests. Consider lighting up the inside of your house, too — lights on garlands and in flower vases add a nice touch to any room.

4. Take a little time for yourself. Use it to destress and prepare for upcoming party plans. Pick up a Denver Hayes ugly Christmas sweater kit available at Mark’s and blow all of your friends away with your awesome DIY skills. This means your sweater is custom made, so you won’t be caught in a who-wore-it-best (or worst) competition.

5. Cook up a storm (preferably during a storm). Dedicate a Sunday to baking your favourite holiday treats and freeze them once you’re done. This way, you’ll be prepared for the upcoming school parties, office cookie exchanges, and potlucks. You’ll also keep any impulsive snacking at bay because they’re not sitting on the counter. – NewsCanada

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