Getting your Home Ready for the Holidays

Like it or not, the holidays are upon us.  Is your home ready for the gatherings, feasts and gift exchanges?  If you’ve procrastinated, don’t stress, you still have time to declutter to make things go a bit smoother this holiday season.

The Kitchen

Start with the heart of the home, where every family seems to congregate, the kitchen.  The holidays are centered around food, and there will be plenty of it.  This means you’re going to need lots of room.

Clear out all old food items from your pantry, fridge, and freezer.

Take a couple of hours and organize the fridge, freezer and pantry.  Get rid of all those expired or unwanted things you’ve forgotten about and discard foods that show signs of freezer burn.

Finally, find a place in your cupboards for the toaster, blender and any other appliances that currently reside on the counter. It takes approximately 6 seconds to put these back after use and your space will look clutter free.

Create a Clutter-Free Dining Room

Save yourself the embarrassment of having to shuffle stacks of paperwork, craft supplies and toys around simply to make room at the dining table.  Try this trick that seems to work for a lot of people.  Keep your dining table set.  Having the table set at all times makes cluttering it up less of a temptation.

Get Your Living Room Ready for Entertaining shutterstock_250018171

Once your guests move away from the kitchen and dining areas, you want to keep the conversations moving along and the night moving smoothly.

If your living room normally focuses on the television, during the holiday season, find a way to change the setting.

Try creating mood lighting, if you have time in advance do a big clean-up including sweeping, vacuuming, dusting and polishing.

If you haven’t given yourself enough time, than take a bag and store all of the clutter in a room that is out of site.  (We won’t tell).

Make sure seating is organized so all of your guests can talk to each other.  It’s a good thing to remember that for the holidays decorate for comfort and less style.  Making people feel comfortable is more important than having everything in its perfect place.

Make Room for New Gifts

If you have time, you can look deeper into the other areas that collect clutter before new items come into the home.  You can make room for new gifts by going through the kids rooms.  Look for any broken or mangled toys that you can simply discard.  Just like kids grow out of their toys, adults grow out of their favorite movies, books and albums.

Get Rid of Old Clothes

A lot of us are guilty of holding on to clothes we don’t wear, but it’s not useful for anyone to have a closet full of everything they’ve ever worn. Whether it’s just not your style anymore or it doesn’t fit right, it’s time to let it go.

By letting go, we can add value to other people’s lives.  Consider donating unwanted clothing items to a shelter.

Once you’ve got everything decluttered and organized, have everyone in the house keep up with putting everything in its place.  Maybe your holidays wish will come true and your home will stay clean and clutter free all year long.