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The Best Supplies to Stock Up on For the Holidays

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There's a lot to think about when it comes to the holiday season and chances are you're list is already down to the floor. However, by stocking up early on a few essential items, you'll save yourself a lot of time, hassle and money.

Cleaning and Freshening Products
You can never have too many cleaning products in your home, no matter what time of year it is. With guests, neighbors and relatives coming in and out of your home, snowy boots and outside dirt are bound to find their way inside. Invest in an extra door mat and shoe rack and have extra floor cleaning supplies on hand. When the smells of cooking and seasonal scents get to be too much, just turn to one of the many air filters you have. This is also a good time of year to ensure that your humidifiers are all working well.

Baking Ingredients
The holidays are synonymous with all things related to baking, cookies, cakes and treats. You can't go wrong by stocking up on a few extra ingredients the next time you're at the store. Being prepared with the basics - flour, sugar, baking soda and eggs will set you up for success this holiday season and extras like frosting, candy toppings and cinnamon are great to have on hand as well. Before things really start to get busy, check that your kitchen has all of the essential cookie cutters, rolling pins and baking sheets. With these supplies, you'll be able to whip up a batch of fresh, homemade sugar cookies in no time.

Keep a stack of greeting cards and thank you notes on hand during the holidays.Keep a stack of greeting cards and thank you notes on hand during the holidays.

Greeting Cards and Thank You Notes
The end of one year and the start of a new one is a great time to reflect and reach out to neighbors, coworkers and old friends. Send out holiday greeting cards to anyone who comes to mind, wishing them warmth and good cheer. Keep a few extras in case you receive a card from someone who you forgot to add to your list. A hefty supply of thank you note cards is especially essential for after all of the gift exchanging. The new year is also an ideal time to thank those around you who work so hard all year long. Send out thank you notes to your mailman, local shop owners and your local neighborhood committee.


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