‘Tis the Season to Get Organized

As Halloween approaches…Thanksgiving and Christmas aren’t too far behind. So clear the clutter BEFORE the holidays. Whether you’re having family visit or just need to plan for all the toys and presents about to be added to your stockpile, now’s the time to get your home organized.

  • Be strategic.  Which rooms in your home do you use the most during the holidays?  Tackle those areas first.  Is it your guest room, your mud room, the kitchen?  If you break it down into individual spaces instead of saying to yourself “I need to get my whole house in order,” it’s much easier to manage and a whole lot less stressful!
  • Once you have a starting point, it’s time to clear the clutter.  If you haven’t used or worn something in the last year or two, donate it.  If it’s not in good condition, give yourself permission to throw it away.  And, when you come across items that simply don’t belong in that space, move them to their rightful place.   Doesn’t it make more sense to store your turkey roasting pan in a kitchen cupboard instead of your bedroom closet?
  • If you’re hosting guests, clear adequate space to accommodate their needs.  Did you leave enough hanging space in the guest room closet?  Can you at least make one dresser drawer available?  I know when I stay with friends or family, I always feel more welcome when I see a little bit of space has been carved out for me so I don’t have to live out of my suitcase.
  • And what about all those gifts you’re expecting to both give and receive?  Do you have one place to store everything before the wrapping commences?  How many times have you bought something in October only to forget where you placed it come December?  Designating a “to-give” gift area will save you time…and money.  And don’t forget about the new items coming into your home?  Kids toys, new clothes, new appliances.  If you make a plan now, you’ll be ready come the holidays.