Christmas Countdown Day 13: Holiday Wardrobe Check

Caution: holiday parties ahead! What's the state of your family's wardrobe?

Even if you trend to the casual the other months of the year, chances are, you'll get gussied up at some point during the holiday season.

Posing for holiday photos, attending special worship services, or partying away December's Saturday nights, the Christmas season makes a special claim on the family wardrobe.

Will you be ready? The time to check closets for holiday outfits ... is now!

To Do Today

Check family wardrobes

Will your family be ready to dress for holiday dinners, church services or a trip to the ballet? Today, evaluate family wardrobe needs for the coming special events.

Moving room by room, check wardrobe needs for each family member. Yes, that may mean stuffing reluctant children into holiday finery--but better to learn today that the pretty little shoes are two sizes too small, than to have to cope with the knowledge on the night of the big event.

Add a printable Holiday Wardrobe Planner to the Christmas planner to record notes, and add any needed or replacement items to the shopping list. You'll find a better selection in stores if you start replacing needed items early, instead of waiting until the last minute.

You'll be ready ... and standing tall!

Inventory the Gift Closet

If you keep a dedicated area for gift items--and we hope you do!--take inventory today. Use a printable Gift Closet Inventory form to track your stash. Shop at home, first!

To Read Today

State of the Closet: Make a Pre-Holiday Wardrobe Check

Gift Closet Guide: Get Organized for Frugal Gifts and Giving

Today's Recipe

freezer mashed potatoes recipeSave time during the season with make-ahead freezer side dishes! Make-ahead recipes let you cook at your leisure, freeze and reheat for easier holiday meals.

This recipe for Freezer Garlic Mashed Potatoes is so flavorful that no gravy is required. Make it ahead and freeze in holiday-sized portions to save time in the Christmas kitchen.

Timesaving tip: make this recipe fresh for Thanksgiving dinner, but double quantities, then tuck an extra pan into the freezer to speed cooking the Christmas meal!

Freezer Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

To Print Today

Holiday Wardrobe Planner
Gift Closet Inventory

Holiday Plans: