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Holiday Organizing Tricks

How to store your ornaments, organize your holiday shopping, and more.

Clever Holiday Tricks

How to Get Rid of Christmas Clutter
Five things to toss before decking the halls.

Gift Ribbon Storage Solutions
Two ribbon-organizing methods―one store-bought, one homespun.

12 Clever Holiday Tips and Ideas
On the 12th day of Christmas, Real Simple gave to me…12 ideas for an easier holiday.

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8 Holiday Storage Solutions

‘Tis the time to start thinking about stowing and storing until next year.
Photo: Photo: Manfred Koh; Stylist: Alexis Givens

How to Ship Gifts of All Shapes and Sizes

To send nearly anything (yes, even a life-size stuffed animal) follow this advice.
Photo: Annie Schlechter

The Twelve Lists of Christmas

Good advice to get you humming through December’s festivities.
Photo: Lucas Allen

8 Ways to Store Holiday Decorations 

Clever products to help keep your trimmings tidy until next year. 
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Holiday Tips and Tools

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5 Essential Items For Your Holiday Purse
Instead of wishing you could beam yourself back home for a quick fix, toss these tiny lifesavers into your evening bag.

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3 Easy Christmas Flower Arrangements
Pull together these simple centerpieces in no time.

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Christmas Countdown Checklist

Minimize seasonal stress by keeping track of your to-dos.

  • Make a family plan. Are you heading to your in-laws’ house? Hosting everyone at yours? Sit down with family members and decide where you’ll be spending the holidays.
  • Buy plane tickets. If you’ll be flying somewhere, get your plane tickets as soon as possible.
  • Put activities on a calendar. As you find out when parties and school pageants are scheduled, write them on a master calendar. Keep it next to the phone, so if someone calls to ask if you’re free for an event, you’ll know the answer immediately.

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