It's not like you didn't know the holiday season was coming. December always follows November in the calendar, and yet every year, the holidays arrive and you swear you'll enjoy them this time, but then there's that 1,597-item to-do list that keeps getting longer and longer and you instead grab the nearest vat of mulled wine and hide out in the back closet that should be filled with wrapped Christmas presents but is empty save for a box of busted twinkle lights and a four-inch sliver of Santa wrapping paper still taped to the roll.
If you are determined to stay sane this go around, we rounded up 16 of the most helpful things every organized person (read: Type A mom) does to make the holidays less frenzied and more festive. Sure, it's already a little too late to reap the benefits of all of these trade secrets, but commit them to memory before next season approaches. It'll be here before you know it.