Disclaimer: The Multitasking Mom is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Anything linked within this post are items that the author, herself, would purchase and all other content continues to be the author's own opinion.
It's the busiest time of the year. There so much to do, people to see, things to buy, homes to decorate. It's a lot. And with littles in the house, many of these things take even longer to do.
So, I'm here to help. Here are 5 ways you can save time during the holidays and still get stuff done. It's all about prioritizing what needs to get done by you versus what just needs to get done. Let's keep the season merry and bright and stress free!!
1. Recruit a Teen to Wrap Gifts
You may have to do the gift purchasing, I mean you know your friends and family best, but what about the wrapping? Recruit an older niece of nephew or a teen from the neighborhood. Provide them with the paper, tape and tags and let them do the wrapping for you for a nominal fee.
If you different paper for the gifts from Santa, you can label those with a sticky note and put them in a separate bag with the Santa wrapping paper. One perk is that Santa won't have your handwriting when he writes out the tags. For about $20, you can get all of your wrapping done with little effort.
2. Shop Online
Speaking of presents, we still need to buy them. This one might be obvious, but I thought I'd include it anyway. Definitely shop online as much as you can for gifts. No need to bundle up the kids, head out to the stores, wait on line, or spend extra money on the things your kids see in the store and absolutely need right now.
Try to group things by store so that you can get free shipping. Shopping on Amazon is my favorite. The options are endless and the prime shipping is the best. You still have time to get things to arrive in time for Christmas.
3. Bake with Cookie Mix
With time, baking cookies from scratch with the kiddos can be a blast. It can also be super stressful with spilled ingredients, grabby hands, and time spent. In all honesty, what the kids really get out of it is the fun of doing something together, the pride of making something themselves, and the enjoyment of eating fresh baked cookies.
Using a mix, you can still enjoy all of those things. You still have a few ingredients you need to add in and you can still take turns mixing. You still spend time together in the kitchen and you still get fresh cookies. But it's generally a lot less cleanup for a delicious result. Santa will enjoy the cookies either way.
4. Label Your Serverware
If you are hosting a holiday get together, you may want everything just so. But that doesn't mean you have to do it all yourself. When prepping for guests, get out the dishes you plan on using and label them with sticky notes saying what should go inside.
You can label which bowl is for dip, which is for gravy, and what try is for hors d'oeuvres. Any assistant who is old enough to read can help fill the dishes and that takes one thing off your list of to dos.
5. Assemble, Don't Cook
Speaking of holiday get togethers, assemble, don't cook. Plan a menu of hors d'oevres and desserts that can be put together instead of cooked like puddings and no-bake pies or caprese on a stick and spinach dip in a bread bowl with an assortment of crackers and a cheese tray.
By choosing simple to put together hors d'oeuvres and desserts, you only have to spend time cooking the main meal. You can use your little assistants to help where they can! This can be a real time saver and stress reducer.
I hope these ideas help as Christmas approaches. You don't really have to do it all. You just have to do what is important to you!
Do you have any time saving tips for the holidays? Share them in the comments!
P.S. Never miss a post by signing up for my weekly newsletter here. Not only will you get notified of the latest blog posts, but you will also get discounts, freebies, and info only for subscribers!