Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Advent Reads Day 1: Get Yourself Organized for Christmas by Kathi Lipp

Synopsis: "Have you lost your Christmas joy? Does the thought of jam-packed malls, maxed-out credit cards, overcrowded supermarkets, and endless to-do lists give you the feeling that maybe Scrooge was on to something?

In Get Yourself Organized for Christmas, Kathi Lipp provides easy-to-follow steps to reduce the stress of the holiday season, including tactics for how toput together a holiday binder you'll use year after yeardetermine a budget that won't break the bankgather your elf suppliesget your gift list together (including ideas for various ages and relationships)collect your recipes and prep your kitchen

By putting into practice Kathi's tricks and tips, you'll finally be able to fully enjoy this most wonderful time of the year."

My Review:  I always stress out about the holiday season, between regular work schedule, hosting the Christmas celebrations, trying to incorporate 3 family's traditions, dealing with a young child and having a husband working nights and being unavailable I find myself floundering. I am also a checklist and organization nut, I am always looking for ways to trim time off the never ending chores. This book was really quite helpful. While it does lean a little towards the religious side, Lipp give some great tips and ideas. I found several of her tips to be complete hand to forehead type moments for me, why didn't I think of that. I also really like how everything was laid out as a simple project, an easy thing to mark off the to do list without it feeling overwhelming. I particularly found the post holiday tips and projects to be inspirational. I find myself actually looking forward to the holidays this year and I feel with starting these projects late October to early November, I may just be read too.
My Rating: This was an excellent book, that was simple to read and simple to put into execution. Some of the tips were things I was already doing but some of them were tips I had never thought of but were so simple to streamline Christmas. I have already put some of these projects into use and some of them I will use next year. I give this book a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag.
I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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