Making A List and Checking it Twice: 8 Home Organization Tips to Prep for the HolidaysCyd Converse
With the holidays coming up quicker than any of us are ready to admit, I’ve found that we’re talking about holiday prep on a near daily basis these days. From taking advantage of sales and stocking up the freezer for holiday meals to planning what home projects we’d like to finish up before the influx of visitors start knocking on the door, we’re officially on the slide into holiday mode around here. As I’m making lists and taking inventory (literally), I thought I’d share my 8 tips for refreshing and organizing your home before the holidays. Because let’s face it – when your home is neat, tidy and ready for visitors it makes the holidays so much simpler. Ready to get started? Click on through for 8 home organization tips to tackle before the holidays!
8 Tips to Refresh and Organize Your Home Before the Holidays 1 of 9
Are you ready for the holidays? Click through for 8 tips that will have you and your home ready in no time!
Reset Your Cabinets 2 of 9
Every couple of months I like to do what I call a "cabinet reset." In essence, it's as easy as dedicating a half hour to an hour to tidying up cabinets and putting everything back in it's rightful place so it's in easy reach for all that holiday cooking and baking to come. I love these tips for keeping cabinets neat and organized from Martha Stewart.
Photo: Martha Stewart
Wash and Organize Linens 3 of 9
With grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles sure to be rolling into town for the holidays, now is the perfect time to start washing and organizing all of your linens. Pair and stack sheets by size (this is my favorite way to do it), wash up the spare towels that hang out in the back of the linen closet that rarely get used, and make sure things like table cloths you rarely used are washed, pressed and ready to go.
Photo: Martha Stewart
Stock the Pantry 4 of 9
When you're ready to bust out your favorite pie recipe or prepare a feast for friends, you'll feel a lot more prepared if your kitchen pantry is already stocked and ready to go. Think things like flour, sugar, baking powder, parchment paper and chocolate chips for all those holiday cookies! I love this idea for keeping your pantry good organized.
Photo: Stoffer Photography for Rue Magazine from Breakfast at Toast
Deep Clean 5 of 9
Every so often I like to enact a house-wide deep clean. With the holidays coming up, find some time in the next few week to really get your home sparkling clean - it'll make unexpected holiday visitors a welcome sight instead of a source of anxiety. Wipe down baseboards, scrub toilets and tubs, and polish up windows and hardware. (p.s. How gorgeous is this bathroom?)
Photo: Color Me Carla
Stock Up on Supplies 6 of 9
In addition to your pantry, it's also a good idea to start stocking up on supplies you'll need throughout the holiday season. Think things like gift wrap, tape, paper towels, tissues - anything you think you'll need more of in the coming months! For storing gift wrap, I actually use a painted waste basket very similar to this one.
Photo: Mer Mag
Pack Away Summer 7 of 9
If you haven't already, now is the time to pack away summer! Drag your summer garb out of the closet and tuck it into pretty boxes (I love these from IKEA), put the lawn furniture away to keep it safe from winter weather, and stash the bikes in the garage or shed. Having all your summer things tucked away will make it easier to focus on the holidays without a lot of extra stuff getting in the way.
Clothing storage boxes $16.99 for 3 from IKEA
Declutter 8 of 9
Many of us are going to be knee-deep in packages, toys and gift boxes before we know it so now is the perfect time for a bit of decluttering! Enlist the kids' help in selecting old toys, games, clothes and books to be donated. Purge your own closet of things you haven't worn lately. It's a great time of year to remember those who have left and it will also make organizing new gifts and treasures that much easier.
Photo: The Merrythought
Tackle the Dry Cleaning 9 of 9
Now that you've cleaned, tidied and declutterd, it's time to pull out that pile of clothes that need dry cleaning or mending (we all have one of those piles, after all) and get it done. Chances are you'll be dressing up a lot more in the next couple of months so having everything cleaned, pressed and freshly hemmed will make planning for holiday gatherings and social events much less stressful. I love this DIY dry cleaning bag for toting the goods, too!
Photo: JetKat Photo for Say Yes to Hoboken
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