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The St. Nick of Time

Tips from a Personal Concierge for managing holiday madness



k ar a candler

is the founder and owner of Tick-Tock Concierge in Asheville, North Carolina.


WA S A BU DDI NG E N T R E PR E N EU R , E V E N I N high school. I started a small home and pet-sitting business that was very successful. It matured along with me, and as my life changed, my business evolved into a streamlined personal concierge service.

In my line of work, organization and the cultivation of relationships are key, but there are countless tips and tricks of my trade that you can apply to your own life. December is the most wonderful time of the year, but for most of us, it also happens to be the busiest and the most stressful. Between shopping, meal preparation, gift-wrapping, parties, and visiting friends and family, there is hardly a moment to actually enjoy the season. My business begins to spike at the start of November, as clients focus on important holiday preparations. I run around like one of Santa’s elves, doing anything and everything to make their lives easier and less chaotic. I stay busy, so they don’t have to. Because if you are like so many of the guests I work with, you hardly have a moment to go to the grocery store, let alone complete all of those holiday-related tasks. So I’m pulling back the curtain and showing you some of the tricks of the concierge trade to help make this month both memorable and manageable. Take it from someone who has to stay organized in order to make a living. There are loads of ways to streamline your To Do List. Here are some of my favorites:

| December 2015

Kara’s Seven Steps to Streamline the Season

1 Create a technology toolbox.

Technology is both a blessing and a necessary evil, so try making it an asset rather than a liability. I love my Apple Watch. I use its Apple Pay function to expedite my process at checkout.

2 Conquer your calendar.

By automating reminders and to do lists, you free up your brain to concentrate on other things like your family and friends (or maybe a long overdue Netflix binge).

3 Embrace the Internet.

Ordering household expendables online, like cleaning supplies, is another great timesaver. If you order a bit more than you need, you’re less

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