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6 Tips to “Get it Together” Before the Holidays Get Here!

The holidays are right around the corner. For some just the thought of having guests makes us a wee bit nervous because we feel all out of sorts and are almost embarrassed at the condition of our house. But read ahead for some tips to get it together before the holidays get here 😉

Tips for getting organized for the holidays

As one who has made a career organizing for others, I always clearly communicate to my clients that you can’t fix in one hour or one day what has taken years to create, but you have to start digging out somewhere. So if you are feeling overwhelmed just thinking about having someone in your home…….hold on and find comfort in knowing there are things you can do to tidy up a few areas so you will be able to relax and enjoy time with those you want to entertain.

For most folks, entertaining involves a great deal of prep and with that thought in mind I would like to offer a few tips on how to tidy up…

1.  Almost all gatherings for the holidays will center around a meal.  Don’t wait until it’s time to start cooking to get your kitchen organized.  Clean out those kitchen cabinets and put like things together so that when the time comes to actually do the cooking you will be able to find things.

 

2.  When thinking about having family and friends over keep in mind that the ultimate goal you are striving for is spending quality time with those that you love the most and not trying to impress them with your fancy dishes or decorations.  Make a menu.  Keep it simple.  Assign each person a dish to bring and have them bring it in a disposable pan, if possible. This will make clean up go a lot faster.

 

3.  Before you bring out those holiday decorations, purge the old ones.  If you don’t have any plans on ever using them again, get rid of them rather than adding to your collection every year.

 

4.  Remember that for most people the holidays mean exchanging gifts.  When you bring something into your house, you need to take something away in order to stay balanced.  It’s easier to purge closets and your house before the holidays in an effort to make cleaning up after the holidays easier.

 

5.  Take inventory of things needed for the upcoming holidays and only buy what you need.  All too often people will buy gift wrapping before using up what they purchased the previous year.  Either use what you currently have or go ahead and get rid of it in order to avoid clutter. Check your holiday tree decorations and lights.  Will you use what you have or will you just buy more on the spur of the moment simply because they are available in the store?  It’s ok to buy new things, but just remember to make sure you need them, will use them and have a place to store them once the holidays are over.

 

6.  When storing away holiday decorations be sure to put like things in a container and fill the container to the max.  Don’t put one or two things in a huge container and leave empty space. Find a way to maximize your storage within containers because it will help create space when it comes to storing away in an attic or closet.

Do yourself a favor and get the house together before your guests start arriving at the door!

Shared with: A Life in Balance, The Modest Mom, Cornerstone Confessions, 3 GLOLThe Art of Homemaking, Essential Thing Devotions, and Create with Joy,

Kim Pittman

Kim Pittman

Kim has successfully helped create time and space for hundreds of people in Southwest Georgia. In 2005 she started Organize 4U with a vision to help individuals live clutter-free and productive lives. She organizes areas in the home, including pantries, attics, storage buildings and garages. Kim also custom designs and installs closet systems that enhance storage capacity. Her expertise also includes office space and systems. For organizational tips, find her on Facebook at Organize 4U. And you'll find lots of great organizational info, including before and after shots, on her website Organize4U.org.
Kim Pittman
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5 Responses to 6 Tips to “Get it Together” Before the Holidays Get Here!

  1. Adrian November 3, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    Thanks so much for linking up to Teach Me Tuesday last week. You are very much appreciated. Starting this week, we will no longer be visiting you, instead we will be pinning each and every link. We want to give you more exposure! Hope to see you again this week!!

  2. Pat October 29, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    Thanks for the invite 🙂 I posted as requested….

    Gah – the SAME thing happens to me with wrapping paper, too!!! Grrrr….

    Love your blog! Hope you’l join us again…and please put us on your reminder list for your party, too!!

  3. Rach D October 29, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    I love number five…I often forget about last year’s wrapping paper and then buy more & more & more! I also like to purge, but we often don’t end up doing it til January (we as long as it gets done, right?)

    I found you on The Modest Mom Blog & it’s my first time here that I can recall…new follower 🙂
    I also host a weekly inspirational link up (if you’re interested!) & I’d love for you to share this post there 🙂
    http://www.parentingandhomeschoolinginfaith.com

    Thanks & looking forward to more practical tips! Needed to follow a blog like this…feeling the need to get organized 🙂

  4. Jenny @ Women With Intention October 28, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    Great tips!

    • Pat October 29, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

      Thanks, Jenniy! We SO appreciate Kim’s help – both on the site and at home! LOL

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