Let’s face it. You love this time of year for the togetherness and celebration it brings. But, if you’re like us, you feel torn between pausing to take it all in and racing to get it all done, bouncing between those two realities can leave you feeling drained. This time of year, every holiday happening, from family pictures to hosting a neighborhood party produces a to-do list a mile long that has you cleaning for the holidays and organizing. Why? Because when your spaces aren’t organized, something as simple as family pictures can turn into an hours-long project of cleaning out your closet. Before you know it, bags of donated clothes have taken over the entryway you’ve just cleaned. So, if you feel like the look of holiday stress has permanently parked itself on your face, we can help.
Begin with the end in mind and make a holiday planning checklist that includes everything you want to do this season and the tasks associated with that end goal. Maybe your goal is hosting Friendsgiving, but to do that you have to clean out your pantry. Cleaning for the holidays won’t feel like such a chore when you see that it helps you get closer to your organization goals. And is there anything more satisfying than checking things off a to-do list?! Speaking of that holiday planning checklist, have fun with it. Make it a list you look forward to seeing and using every day. Or go digital and use software that offers holiday organization tips to keep you on track. Whatever method works best for you, be sure to think through timing and deadlines to avoid any last-minute rush.
Whatever your end goals are, they likely involve you getting dressed, which is why we recommend starting your holiday organization efforts in your closet. Your closet is the space where you begin and end each busy day, and it has the power to help you feel calm, relaxed, and in control. Start cleaning for the holidays by moving this season’s favorites into easy-access locations inside your closet and rotating clothes you won’t be wearing into out-of-the-way storage spots. Think about the events you’re hosting or attending and what you’re going to wear to each, even the casual ones. Holiday organization that starts in your closet can save you money by preventing you from buying things you already own. The key is to think through your outfits ahead of time, so you’re not stressed the day of the event and have ample time to shop for what you do need. Additionally, consider moving your hamper around to a spot where dirty laundry is kept out of sight. Once you’ve finished cleaning for the holidays, you can start to tackle the rest of the items on your holiday planning checklist with the calm and confidence a clean closet brings.
We’ve yet to see a holiday planning checklist that didn’t involve food, so the next key area to tackle is your always busy kitchen and pantry. One of our favorite spaces for holiday storage solutions, it’s important to give these areas a full cleaning, discard expired ingredients, and donate unused serving items so you can easily find the ones you need and love. Now is a great time to wipe down the shelves in your pantry and move essentials into pull-out drawers for easy access. If you’re up for a slightly bigger project, consider making modifications to your pantry design to get the most out of the space you have with holiday organization tips in mind. The most common kitchen and pantry challenge we see is overstuffed base cabinets and underutilized upper wall space. Consider adding additional upper storage such as corner shelving or vertical dividers to move objects up and out of the base cabinets. While you’re in the kitchen, include holiday storage ideas like making sure all your favorite cookie sheets and baking accessories are clean and in good condition. Pull out your best serving dishes so they’re easy to access as you begin welcoming guests. Check your stock on cooking and baking essentials, so you’re not in the middle of making Grandma’s sugar cookies only to discover you’re half a cup short.
If you’re hosting this year, you’ll want to make sure that your home and holidays feel welcoming, and that starts in your entryway. The first impression of your home, your entryway sets the tone for the rest of your home and the time spent in it, so be sure there is appropriate storage for any belongings that friends and family may bring. Keeping holiday organization tips in mind, work to include plenty of shoe storage and coat hooks for family and guests alike. Try an entryway bench with hidden storage or baskets underneath, offering guests a seat as they remove or put on their shoes and an easy drop zone to get organized before they go.
If your at-home holiday organization checklist has you cleaning out the guest room closet, chances are you’ve got company coming for an extended time. Making overnight guests feel welcome might be the most important end goal on your holiday planning checklist, and it starts with giving them their own space where they can unpack and feel at home. If you’re like us, the closet in the guest room isn’t sitting empty but rather has become home to out of season items from your closet or miscellaneous items you didn’t know what to do with, (When in doubt, put it in the guest room. Are we the only ones who do that?!) So start by cleaning out your guest room closet, making space for hanging clothes as well as folded items. If you don’t have a guest bedroom, consider opting for a pull-down Murphy bed, a solution that easily blends into any space in your home and multiplies the functionality of a room. Most Murphy beds can be set up and put away in less than 5 minutes, which means you can use the room in other ways when your guests aren’t at rest. Additional holiday organization tips include installing cabinetry and shelving around the bed for you or your guests to use as you need.
Near the top of everyone’s holiday planning, is shopping for gifts. If beautifully wrapped gifts are your love language, create a dedicated wrapping station. Make it part of your home office or an out-of-the-way spot in your garage, giving you your very own holiday organization station where you can wrap gifts, work on greeting cards and tackle any other holiday-related items you need to do. Stock up on tape, markers, scissors, gift bags, ribbons, and wrapping paper. Whether you love wrapping or wish that Santa’s elves were real, creating a dedicated space, means you’re better able to contain the mess that comes with neatly folded corners and expertly tied bows. Hint: A dedicated space also means you can control the music, so put on your favorite holiday album and wrap every item with love and joyful anticipation for the smiles it will bring. If you don’t have space for a dedicated workstation, keep materials in storage bins that function as your holiday organizer. You might discover you love having it so much that you keep this holiday organizer stocked for year-round wrapping or gift-giving needs.
The holiday season is here, and beginning with the end in mind, making your holiday planning checklist, and checking it twice (or daily, really!) is the key to calm. Remember, when your spaces are organized, everything is easier. Creating custom organization solutions that work best for both home and holidays is what we do. At Inspired Closets, our dedicated team of experts transforms disorganized, stressful spaces into organized, inspired ones bringing you some holiday cheer. Complete this form and let’s make this the happiest, and most relaxed, holiday season yet.
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