As soon as Halloween is over most of us switch into holiday preparation mode. If you’ll be hosting guests during any of the big celebrations – Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or New Year’s Eve – or even if you aren’t, – now is the time to start decluttering and getting yourself, and your home – organized for the holidays.
While it’s better to keep up with home organization throughout the year, it’s also hard when your life’s already so busy. The good news is that you still have time to get caught up before family and friends arrive for the holidays with the home organization and cleaning tips you’ll find here
Tackle Priority Areas First
There’s a chance you won’t be able to declutter and organize clean everything in your home before holiday guests arrive. That’s OK, no one expects perfection.
Create a holiday cleaning checklist that focuses first on rooms where your guests will be, then declutter and organize those rooms first. If you still have time after that, you can clean other areas of your home, but don’t stress out if you don’t get to organizing the master bedroom closet that no one will see.
Get the Whole Family Involved
If you have kids, tidying up your home for the holidays is a great opportunity to have them help. And you can enlist the help of the Elf on the Shelf to motivate them to do so. Have their elf leave notes suggesting which tasks they tackle. The little guy can be a great motivator, as you’ll quickly find out. And if you want to add a little extra magic for the kids head here for some cute, printable notes you can leave out ‘from’ their elf
Use Cleaners with Seasonal Scents
Make your whole home feel holiday fresh by cleaning surfaces and spritzing furniture with seasonal smells. Peppermint, cinnamon, and pumpkin are just a few that provide a warm, inviting scent for the holidays and most of the major cleaning products brands do release these seasonal offerings.
Tackle the Hallway
As every guest will pass through it, tackle your hallway or entryway early in the holiday home organization process.
As these spaces tend to clutter up quickly take the time now to find space in your in your laundry room, mudroom, or hall closet where things like winter boots and backpacks can be stored out of the way while guests are over. Then, you’ll have plenty of room to decorate your entryway for the holidays to welcome them in style.
Organize Your Bathroom
Get ready for the holidays by minimizing bathroom messes, especially in bathrooms on the main level of your home and those that guests will use. Set out fresh linens, fill soap bottles, restock toilet paper and facial tissues, and put together a stellar guest basket with everything your guests may need!
Clear Out the Kitchen
You’ll want to deep clean and organize your kitchen before guests start showing up, but make sure your holiday home organization checklist includes purging your kitchen pantry and fridge as well.
Take stock of what ingredients you already have and toss out those that have expired to make holiday cooking easier. Create a shopping list that covers what’s missing and what you already have on hand so that you don’t buy duplicate ingredients.
Take Inventory of Dinnerware
While the holidays are ideal for breaking out your china set, it’s also an opportunity to evaluate how many sets of formal dinner plates, glasses, silverware, and napkins you really need.
When deciding what fine china to keep, consider picking the set that can be used for other get-togethers outside of the holidays. That way, you’ll have versatile dinnerware that can work with any decorations!
Organize Holiday Decorations as You Go
It’s the time of the year to decorate with trees, lights, ornaments, tinsel, wreaths, cornucopias, and more! As you begin to pull out plastic tubs with holiday home decor, take some time to get rid of broken items, outdated decorations, or that little snowman that you haven’t put on display in years.