Real trees tend to dry out. Let your heat registers determine your tree's location. Got a chilly corner or room in your house? That's where the tree wants to be.

Not for your party! Choose one thing you can do the day before: pick up the cake; drop the pets at a kennel; or have a cleaning service into your home. Then take that time the day of the party for yourself. A warm bath or a few minutes at the kitchen table with a favorite cookie. You deserve it!

Set up your gift-wrapping supplies in a closet or behind a door. An underbed box is perfect. It's a way of keeping your tape, tags, and paper in one location. You'll have your gifts wrapped gingerbread quick!

Prep your car for winter travel with an emergency kit. Water, blankets, and snacks. Don't leave home without them. Getting stranded once will be worth your time. (Once a week, share the snacks with your kids and reload your kit.)

Need to chill a drink quickly? Wrap it in a damp hand towel and place it in the freezer. It'll be icy cold in a quarter-hour. Just don't forget it or you'll be chipping away your towel!