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Best Time of Year to Buy Christmas Trees

3 Jan

Christmas in Squaw Valley

It is the best time of the year to buy artificial Christmas trees that is. Everywhere has deep discounts to unload the Christmas merchandise. I usually get all my Christmas lights this time of year, but the real savings are in the artificial trees. They have come a long way since when we were young. They still don’t have the smell of a real tree, but if you have a place to store them, they are much more economical in the long run.

Here are the links to several retailers.

Minimize Holiday Clutter

18 Dec

Greetings from Shorter Designs! Like so many things in life, it is easy to overdo the holidays. You buy turkey platters, Thanksgiving serving dishes, Christmas plates and over-the-top decorations. These things are fun and festive, but too much is difficult to manage with the cleaning, packing, and storing. Here are a few things to consider before you buy a lot of things you don’t really need.

  1. Decorate with only what is important and meaningful.
  2. Once all your decorations and ornaments are out, use the ones you enjoy and donate the rest.
  3. If it’s broken, trash it.

Prioritize What Is Important

9 Nov

Greetings from Shorter Designs! It’s hard to believe November is already here! Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner… where has the year gone? It seems like the older my daughter gets, the more time flies. If I don’t slow down to enjoy life, it really does pass me by.

Organizational Help From Readers

3 Dec

Thanks everyone for thinking about how to help each other this holiday season with your tips! Here are the wonderful ideas you came up with. Merry Christmas!!

Compiling Organizational Ideas

11 Nov

Greetings from Shorter Designs! This month I wanted to try something different. Every month, you get to hear from me, so this month I want to hear from you!

I know many of you personally from helping you get organized in your homes. You all have wonderful ideas and suggestions, and I know that people who read this monthly newsletter could really benefit from things you have found that works for your busy lives.

Holiday Planning – Part 2

10 Dec

Greetings from Shorter Designs! This is the second part of a two-part holiday newsletter.

After doing the ideas from November’s newsletter, consider what type of ambiance you would like to have at your gathering. For instance, do you prefer childlike fun or adult elegance? Once you have decided what feel you would like your home to have, flip through holiday magazines to get ideas for centerpieces and other decorations. Make a list of the items you need to buy for your decorations.

Holiday Planning – Part 1

19 Nov

Greetings from Shorter Designs! This is the first part of a two-part newsletter. The rest of it will appear in December.

I was talking with a friend the other day, and she stated, “The conversation I dread all year happened yesterday. My husband said to me, ‘My parents want to have Thanksgiving at our house. What do you think?’”

For most of us, Thanksgiving is the beginning of the most stressful time of year. There are parties to attend, gifts to buy, company coming over, and seasonal traditions to observe. With a little preparation, the holidays won’t be so overwhelming. Here are some helpful ideas to get you started on your plans.