Once December arrives and we all realize that Christmas is right around the corner, the scurrying to get our homes organized for the holiday season begins. This can become overwhelming- trying to not only shop for gifts, decorate for the holiday season but also clean and organize your home for guests. I recommend getting an early start. Creating a holiday plan will help you will stay on track and enjoy the holidays more.
GET ORGANIZED FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON:
Conquer Your Clutter
Before dragging out all the Christmas decor, start by getting rid of any clutter. I recommend you go room by room- put away, donate or toss any items that are cluttering up the rooms. This will likely be your biggest task. By starting this early you can take your time, set aside one day a week and do one or two rooms in your home. I like to use these cute cube bins to organize the various items I want to keep.
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Prep the Guest Rooms
Do you have a guest room? If not, choose another room to prep. If you do and are like me the guest rooms become a dumping ground for anything that doesn’t have a home. It’s good to get that taken care of weeks before your guests arrive to help reduce some of the stress. Clean out all the junk, tidy out the closet or dresser drawers so they are available to your guests. Put fresh sheets on the bed and give the room a good clean, vacuum, dust, clean blinds or curtains. Now the day before your guest arrive you just need to do a quick dust and you are ready for company.
Decorating my home for Christmas is one of my favorite things to do. By simplifying your decor you can make things a little easier over the holidays. Start by getting rid of any decor that you don’t use if you find that you are packing up things after you have decorated your home the chances are you could donate or toss the rest. Only put out as much as you can maintain. If you don’t have time to be dusting and a cleaning up the constant falling glitter from ornaments just keep it simple.
Meal planning is great all year but really helps during the holidays. Start by planning any big meals, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Then create a plan of any days that you may have guests over, having a meal plan set up for when company stays at your home really helps. You can plan your grocery list in advance and make sure you have enough food to feed everyone.
With a little planning and organization your holiday season can be fun and stress free!
Lynn WoodsNovember 1, 2017 at 8:07 am
These are great tips, Amy! I don’t know where I would be without my meal planning. I definitely pay for it the weeks I don’t do it!
Kenyatta HarrisNovember 1, 2017 at 8:49 am
Fantastic Tips Amy. I really need to get my meal planning back on track. I’ve gotten a bit lax and it’s taking a toll on my sress level!
Terri SteffesNovember 1, 2017 at 10:41 am
Fabulous tips, Amy! Thank you so much for sharing them. I will be concentrating on my guest rooms this week!
MichelleNovember 2, 2017 at 7:07 am
These are really great tips!!i am going to go through my decor and get rid of things I no longer need or use. Great holiday post!
AmandaNovember 2, 2017 at 8:31 am
I love when the holidays come, but feel the dread of all of the things to do. Thanks for this. It’s a gentle reminder that we need to slow down and enjoy!
Katie BraswellNovember 2, 2017 at 8:57 am
Simplify Decor! I think this is going to be my favorite thing to add to my Holiday List! I love to purge and now that we have a new home, it’s going to feel great to only keep the pieces that fit with our aesthetic! Thank you for sharing; this list was super helpful to get my mind geared up for the Holiday Season! <3
Emily @ Pizza & Pull-upsNovember 2, 2017 at 9:02 am
Great tips! I am currently in the midst of decluttering and it was long over due.
DeniseNovember 2, 2017 at 9:09 am
i neex to be doing most of these starting from tne clutter part because I am sure it will only escalate from here once the holiday craze hits. thanks for sharing.
Nicole | Glamorously YouNovember 2, 2017 at 10:08 am
Currently in the midst of conquering the clutter! Haha this is definitely the time to be doing that. Great tips 🙂
Megan | LoveFamilyHealthNovember 2, 2017 at 1:04 pm
Love this! I need to get my guest rooms and loft prepped! I like to do little welcome baskets with toothbrushes and stuff like that!
Mary LeighNovember 2, 2017 at 2:17 pm
These are all great tips. My favorites are conquering the clutter ahead of time and simplifying the decor! Every year I think about how I need to minimize some of our Christmas decor and keep only the things that we really truly use each year. Maybe this is the year!
Nadine CathleenNovember 2, 2017 at 3:16 pm
Great tips. The decor and gift shopping are my biggest tasks on the list. But at least they are fun too 🙂
HeatherNovember 2, 2017 at 9:24 pm
I am loving all of your tips! The best one for me was getting rid of all of the clutter. I am entirely guilty of not doing this and it makes for a more frustrating holiday. Hopefully this year I can use your tips and make our holiday even more special.
LauraNovember 2, 2017 at 9:47 pm
Conquering the clutter is a HUGE one for me! I absolutely cannot handle mess when there’s other chaos!
MarieNovember 2, 2017 at 11:06 pm
Great tips. I definitely want to get a holiday plan together, I know it’s keep me a bit more sane!
YolandaNovember 3, 2017 at 7:10 am
I love Christmas time and have already starting planning in my mind 🙂 Right now I’m trying to organize a lot – starting with tons of old DVDs. I’m sure I’ll be pulling out all the great Christmas movies too!!
BaileyNovember 3, 2017 at 7:41 am
Meal planning is SO important! I am amazed at how often I forget this. When I have a plan, everything runs much smooth and it eliminates so much brain work.