Holiday DécorHoliday décor is essential to giving spaces a more festive appearance, but it can also double the amount of housework you have each day. Give your holiday décor a second life after it’s hung. For starters, if tinsel is adding more sparkle to your floor than your tree, don't toss it all away. Get the kids involved in picking it up and adding it to a vase or hurricane to make a festive holiday centerpiece. By the time the holiday arrives, you and your little ones will have a lot to be proud of.

And most importantly, don’t let your stockings hang empty by the fireplace all season long. Coal is not just for the naughty this year – it’s also a great odor absorber, and can hide the scent of your holiday meal prep work. Fill each stocking with a little bit of coal, and there’ll be no need for candles or bowls of potpourri.