12/18/2011 02:37 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

8 Holiday Time-Savers (PHOTOS)

Simplify the season with these baking secrets, shopping tips, cleaning tricks, and more.

Make Memory Appointments

If it seems you never have enough time to do the things that make for lasting holiday memories--from a night of caroling to simply watching It's a Wonderful Life--look to your calendar for help. Be intentional with this special period between Thanksgiving and New Year's. Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, suggests making a short list of specific memories you'd like to create and scheduling them into your calendar just like any other appointment. It can be something as simple as shopping with your sister, so it will help you distinguish between what's important and what can be let go.

Want more great tips? Visit Real Simple.