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    Delegate
    Even the most seasoned housekeeper might feel overwhelmed with the long list of holiday to-dos. Assign some of the tasks to your household staff. If you do not have helpers, ask family members to pitch in, Ong says. Not only will this make things easier, it is also the perfect way to teach your children to help with household chores. It’s a good opportunity for family bonding as well.


    Enjoy
    The best way to beat stress? Take joy in the little things. Stop looking at your list like it’s a death sentence. Instead, think of how much fun it would be to start putting up the décor, and be thankful for the opportunity to spend time with the kids. It’s Christmas, cheer up!


    Here They Come
    Putting up the tree and hanging baubles are a given, but what else do you need to prepare for when guests come over? Here are a few scenarios and tips on how to get ready for them.

    •    Balikbayan guests. Your relatives from abroad are home for the holidays, and are staying over for a couple of weeks. Take a cue from entertaining guru Martha Stewart. In her Homekeeping Handbook, she writes, “The trick is to make guests feel at home, but also away from home. Set up the guest room. Vivian Wycoco, a financial manager for a business process outsourcing company, who often has balikbayans staying at her house a few times a year, suggests changing the sheets, pillow cases, and curtains. If there’s no extra closet, attach hooks to the back of the bedroom door. Place a wastebasket inside the room.

    •    Prepare the bathroom. After cleaning the toilet, bring out a fresh bar of soap, a fresh hand towel, and a new roll of tissue, Wycoco says. Stock the cabinets with towels and toiletries. A mat will keep the floor from getting muddy.

    •    Do the little things that matter. Think like a guest. “What would you appreciate if you were the one visiting? What would make you feel welcome and taken care of?” Ong asks. Pamper your guests and show them hospitality a la five star hotel. Prepare a goodnight goodie box.with mints, massage oils, scented candles, and maybe a pouch of painkillers and antacid. and leave it on their bed. Don.t forget to leave a pitcher of water and a clean glass on the bedside table every night.

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