The hustle of the holiday season can be exhausting. Wouldn't it feel great to have a calm, organized home? From cleaning and de-cluttering to menu and calendar planning, here are some great tips for getting your home in order so you can focus on what matters most to you.
1. Start Early: Make a list of the tasks you wish to complete, and prioritize them. Then create a schedule that allows you to check everything off your list in the timeline you set for yourself.
(note: if you do run out of time, you'll have at least completed the most important tasks)
2. Make Room for the New: Clean out the fridge, freezer and pantry. Organize drawers and shelves, plan pre-holiday meals around what you have on hand and throw out anything that is old or expired.
3. Menu Planning: Create a menu plan well in advance of the holidays. Post a master grocery list on the fridge and start checking items off during your weekly shopping trips. This will spread the cost over time and prevent last minute impulse shopping.
(tip: each week, pick up an extra item for the food bank so you can drop off a hamper for the holidays)
4. Downsize the Kid's Toys: Consider giving them away so other children can continue to enjoy them like your kids have. Involve the whole family and enjoy the process.
5. Kitchen Love: Since guests tend to gather where the hosts are, it makes sense this room gets your attention. You'll want the cupboards stocked with essentials and clear work spaces. Pay attention to the oven and dishwasher, both of which see lots of use during the holidays.
6. Pare Down the Decorations: If you haven't used a decoration in a few years, consider donating it. Let go of what you don't like, and toss anything broken or damaged.
7. Keep Your Calendar Lean: In addition to maintaining your health and energy during the holidays, this also frees up time to enjoy the experiences that matter the most to you.