This article will be the first in a series of articles about getting organized and sailing through this Christmas stress-free. Are you the type that seems to never have enough time to get all the shopping, wrapping and cooking done in time? Maybe you didn’t even get out your Christmas cards last year. Gasp! These articles will help you get organized and stop stressing over what should be one of the happiest holidays of the year.
Christmas cards sound simple, don’t they? Yet, any busy woman (or guy) will attest to how hard it can be to address all those envelopes, sign all those cards, make sure you didn’t miss anyone and make it to the post office to stamp and mail them. Here are some shortcuts that will make the process easier.
- If your mailing list isn’t computerized, then make it that way. It is much easier to print out a series of labels to stick on an envelope and takes much less time than hand addressing each envelope. If your list is not yet computerized, don’t stress about it this year. Hire a teenager in the neighborhood to do this task for you.
- Spend a little extra on your cards and order ones that have your family name stamped inside the card. This will save you having to sign all those cards.
- Want to add a personal note? I wouldn’t. You can always write a note later when the craziness of the holidays is past. However, if you must add a personal note, try to type up something generic that tells people what you’ve been doing and enclose the same note in every card. People truly will understand if you don’t spend 30 minutes writing them each a personal note.
- Create a checklist. Create a list of the names of the people you’ve sent cards to. When a card arrives at your home, cross out the name. If a card arrives from someone not on the list, you need to add the name to your list and send a card out, so have a few extras on hand for this occasion.
- There is no need to spend time standing in line waiting for stamps. The post office will deliver stamps right to your home. Get all the details at USPS.com. Just pop the cards in your mailbox at home.
- With all the time you’ve saved, you can make some special Christmas memories with your family. Bake some cookies or rent Its A Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street.
Stay tuned for more tips for having a stress-free Christmas you can sail through easily.