Holiday stamps will be available soon from the United States Postal Service. Buy stamps early, and you'll have your choice of seasonal designs.
Better still, buy stamps online from USPS.com. Holiday stamps are now available for pre-order! For a $1.00 service fee, stamps will be delivered to your mailbox. Standing in line at the Post Office is one holiday tradition that deserves to fall by the wayside.
While you're at the USPS.com site, consider ordering free mailing supplies. Flat rate envelopes and boxes can be delivered to your door, and they're ideal for shipping Christmas baked goods and small gifts. Oh, and did we mention that they're free?
Chill breezes blow, signaling that it's time to prepare the house for the coming of winter. Fall cleaning ahead!
Take time now to tackle seasonal cleaning chores around the house. An Autumn session of deep-cleaning carries the family into the holiday season from a clean house; exterior decorating goes more smoothly if fall yard-clean up chores are completed early.
Try this Fall Cleaning chore checklist from sister site Organized Home to guide fall cleaning:
It's not just "visions of sugarplums" that dance through our heads when we think of the holiday season. Many of us also succumb to Holiday House Fever: an intense desire to begin major home decor projects in the weeks before Christmas.
Anybody who's ever decorated a Christmas tree before a half-painted wall knows the risk: our dreams overpower our time, energies and resources.
Result: damp carpets, naked windows, wet paint and lots of stress.
Today, we'll bring sanity to the question of holiday home spruce-ups. The Holiday Home Spruce-Up exercise in realistic planning will anchor our dreams and help us identify realistic, doable goals.
Brisk weather is on the way; time to clear out the coat closets!
Whether it's making space for family cold-weather gear or preparing for seasonal visitors, now's the time to clear out the coat closet. Does your outerwear storage space work for you?
Not that a designated "closet" is always the right solution! Many families prefer to keep coats, umbrellas, gloves and galoshes in open storage areas. Hang coats on pegs, tuck boots under a low bench, and consider an over-the-door shoe rack to corral little mittens, hats and scarves.
Check closet space from a guest's perspective, too. Are extra hangers available--and appropriate for heavy outer garments? Is there enough room to add a bulky parka without crushing a woman's wool coat?
Is the the year you get organized ... or lose weight? Keep New Year's resolutions real: put them in writing. Check sister site Organized Christmas for great tips to keep New Year's resolutions, and a free printable resolutions tracker to help you break down the year's goals into do-able steps.