When we "think Christmas", most of us find gift-giving to be the biggest seasonal challenge. Today in the Christmas Countdown, we'll begin planning holiday giving with gifting tips and free printable gift lists.
Get ready for Christmas with holiday help from sister site Organized Christmas.
With the holiday mailing season on the horizon, give Mother Earth a Christmas gift, too: reuse mailing containers and supplies. Recycling packing materials makes holiday sense—and cents!
As catalog orders are delivered, stockpile mailing boxes and use them for your own gift mailings. Be sure to remove or cover older mailing labels; a permanent black marking pen makes it easy to obliterate shipping bar codes.
At the warehouse store, keep an eye out for sturdy boxes suitable for mailing, and repurpose them after you’ve used them to tote purchases home.
A "peanut" tip: it's easy to recycle styrofoam packing materials if you dump them into a drawstring plastic garbage bag. Close the drawstring for storage. When you're ready to pack your own boxes, snip wedge off a bottom corner of the bag. Pour your peanuts out the hole, then clip the corner closed with a potato chip bag clip. Neat solution!
Get clothing, towels and sheets naturally soft--and save money on pricey fabric softeners--with white vinegar. Used measure for measure in place of liquid fabric softener (3/4 cup for top-loading, 1/4 for front-loading washers), vinegar cuts detergent residue and softens fabric without perfumes or chemical additives. Dump the dryer sheets!