Somehow, the housekeeping stakes just seem higher during the holiday season. Maybe it’s all the guests you will welcome into your home, and the decorations yet to be put up. You have to de-clutter first. Getting your house in order before Thanksgiving and Black Friday can make all the difference in your home’s organization (and your peace of mind) for the rest of the holiday season.
Get a game plan
If you’ve ever taken part in a plan like OrganizedHome.com’s Christmas Countdown, you know how effective it can be to break down big organizational tasks into baby steps that you chip away at one day at a time. It might be too late to get the full benefits of the Christmas Countdown this year, but you can develop your own game plan. Count the days and weeks until Black Friday, and consider the spaces in your home that need the most help. Write it down and prioritize so you’re dividing up your workload between now and Thanksgiving day.
Don’t neglect the storage spaces
Going through closets can be frustrating, so set aside a day to sort clothes into: a pile that needs to be altered/tailored, one for those pieces with missing buttons or hems that are coming loose, and one to be donated. It helps to take all the clothes out of your closet, dust the inside, and re-hang and organize everything within. You’ll find things you didn’t realize you still had and things you know you can get rid of.
A good rule of thumb is to donate any garments you haven’t worn in the past year. If you’re trying to organize small closets, try capitalizing on all the vertical space you can, suggests ApartementTherapy. Donate unwanted clothes to an organization like the Salvation Army or Goodwill in your community.
Tame the mess with organizational gadgets
Sometimes, all it takes is for everything to be put in its place. But if you just don’t have a good place to organize everything, it might be time to invest in a few gadgets that make it easier to keep your stuff in line. A desktop organization set makes it easier to keep the home office uncluttered, and electronics/cable organizers help prevent your charging station from looking like a pile of electronic spaghetti. This is a great time of year to look for deals. Macy’s sales often include great deals on organizational tools that help you capitalize on the space you do have.
De-clutter (and deck) the halls
As you re-discover countertops and end tables that have long been cluttered (or just overlooked), take the time to add festive details to freshen up your space. Replace the greenery in fake flower arrangements for a more autumn-like feel. Reorganize your mantle with a festive theme. Better Homes and Gardens suggest paper flowers, fall foliage, and perhaps a raffia wreath in warm harvest colors to welcome visitors into your home. By adding little decorator touches while you organize, you’ll bring a smile to your room and have more fun with the process.