Chicago-North Shore Retailers have already started putting out signage and decorations, leaving us all in a panic that Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and the like are “right around the corner.” The whirlwind holiday season is fast approaching, and the pressure to get started with preparations begins about now? Fortunately, there are some things you can do NOW to lessen the inevitable hustle and bustle of the season….

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Out with the old

If you have children, now is the time to determine which toys they’ve outgrown. Clear out those items to make space for incoming gifts. Likewise, if you expect to upgrade any electronic gadgets, now is a good time to start thinking about where you can donate or recycle the old ones.

Address lists

You will start receiving holiday cards in about four weeks. Be ready to send your well wishes out at the same time. Because we don’t send as much mail as we once did, many of us scramble to find an address when we need it. Take time to assemble your addresses in one document. Make sure they are current and think about whom to add or remove from the list. This will give you a reliable count of how many cards and stamps you’ll need. It will also make printing labels or addressing envelopes a breeze.

Create a gift list and budget

Create a list of people for whom you need to buy gifts. This seems like a no-brainer, but writing the names down in one place will help as you start to shop. It will also help you create a budget. Don’t commit to spending an exact dollar amount, but do have a range in mind. And be sure to include the mail and newspaper carriers, the dog walker or the person who cuts your lawn on that list. More information HERE and HERE

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