This year make a deal with yourself and take inventory of your holiday supplies. It’s often tempting to pick up new holiday tableware, decorations, and gadgets when you see them in stores, especially if they’re on sale. But buying new stuff without knowing what you already have–can be a recipe for wasted money and frustrating clutter.
Of course, this is also a perfect time to weed out unused stuff if you’re so inclined, but the main idea is to get a sense of what you have and can use before you bring anything else into the house.
Make the old look new. For example, take the time to have that white table cloth professionally pressed and dress it up with some of those red trimmed napkins from your grandmother’s trunk. It will take on a more nostalgic meaning.