There’s nothing like the holidays to call attention to any areas of your home in need of better storage and organization systems. As much as you love giving gifts, cooking and welcoming guests into your home, you also know it’s a lot of work to get everything done and still have time to enjoy the season.
Although the holiday rush can get overwhelming, there’s lots you can do to make sure things run smoothly without sacrificing your sanity. Pour yourself a cup of spiced apple cider, settle into your favorite armchair with a paper and pen, and begin mapping out your game plan using our tips below.
Start With a System
First, create a system for managing all of the holiday details, from holiday recipes to your shopping list and budget. We love this holiday binder idea for keeping everything in one place. It might take some time to put the binder together, but once you do, you’ll be able to store it on a bookshelf and reference it year after year.
Next Up: The Pantry
Now that you have your recipes in mind, it’s time to do some holiday meal planning. Save yourself from endless trips to the grocery store by writing out the ingredients you’ll need for main dishes, side dishes, desserts, drinks and snacks. Next, take an inventory of what you do and don’t have on hand in your pantry. As you visit the grocery store in the coming weeks, start stocking up on anything you need.
Don’t forget to include extras of anything you know you’ll run out of quickly, such as sugar, flour and oils. It’s also a good idea to check with guests about any dietary restrictions so you can do your best to accommodate them when they visit. In the meantime, you also can set aside a bag of canned goods to donate to a local food bank.
Are you in need of a custom solution to organize your pantry? We have a variety of space-saving, attractive options to suit your needs.
Keep Them Entertained With an Organized Media Center
As you and your guests gather to play games, sip cocoa and watch movies and sports, you’ll want a comfortable space where everyone can relax. An organized media center makes it easy for family and guests to locate favorite movies and games. Meanwhile, it keeps them occupied and out of the kitchen as you’re busy preparing meals!
Prepare Guest Rooms
Whether your guests are staying in a spare bedroom or on a pull-out sofa, they’ll need a place to store their belongings while they’re visiting. Consider clearing out a section of a closet, getting rid of any excess clutter, and preparing extra towels and washcloths for your guests. An extra storage trunk or cabinet is a great way to keep items organized and accessible. Your guests will feel right at home!
Set Up a Gift-Wrap Station
Having a dedicated space for gift wrap, boxes, ribbon, tape, scissors and other supplies makes wrapping a cinch. Rather than having to clean up and put away materials after wrapping a gift or two, you can simply keep everything in easy reach. Check out our great ideas for a hobby center with a built-in gift-wrap station.
Encourage Everyone to Pitch In
Many hands make light work! Encourage your family members to pick up after themselves throughout this hectic time. If everyone does their fair share of tidying up, your home will stay not only orderly, but welcoming and cozy as well.
Last but not least, remember to take time to enjoy this precious time with loved ones. If you need an extra pair of helping hands to get your home prepped for the holidays, please contact us to schedule a free in-home design consultation. We have lots of great solutions to help you stay organized all year long.