Right now, my roommate of several years is moving out of our apartment. It's like a breakup only without the sexual tension or animosity. While she's the one packing, I've been just as stressed, trying to separate our often co-mingled belongings, suss out which pieces of furniture belong to who, and deep clean as much as I can. So I'm already going into the Holiday Season a little bit more crazed than usual.
Add to that my upcoming travel plans, and moving in a new roommate and you've got a recipe for getting NONE of the holiday-type-things done I had planned. Luckily for me we live in an age of life-hacks and crazy-awesome advances. Soon, robots will be doing our bidding and dogs will have the ability to speak. Those things might be a while off (and ethically questionable) but let me share some of my favorite new modes of simplifying life during the holidays that are available right here and now.