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holidayseasonorganizing2Excerpted from an article by Andrea Davis for realtytimes.com…

“The holidays are a magical time of year meant for enjoying the company of your closest friends and family.  But playing host to your holiday celebrations can sometimes get stressful.  Here are a few tips to keep your home clean and organized during the holiday season.

  1. Prioritize Activities in Advance.  It’s tempting to overindulge in all things holiday,  and one problem home owners face is a lack of organization.  Start by prioritizing activities and events during the period so you don’t take on more than you can manage.  For example, PLAN:  Shopping (food, gifts, etc.) – Decoration – Time to clean the house.  There will be a lot on your plate as a host.  Prioritizing will give you a plan of action.
  2. Take Inventory of Decorations.  One of the joys is decorating your home with lights, wreaths and other seasonal apparel — or having someone do it for you.  Go through your inventory in the basement, attic or garage and throw away any broken or unused items before you begin decorating.
  3. Consult a Professional Organizer.  If you don’t have time to get everything in order, there are professionals who can help you.   Organizers can go through your decorations and help you reorganize items and store what you don’t need.  They can also assist in planning your holiday decor layout.
  4. Get the Family Involved.  Delegate appropriate duties to your family members so the burden or preparation is shared and completed.  Some tasks to assign may include:  Putting up the tree – Decorating the tree – Adding holiday decor in the dining and living room – Shopping for supplies – Cleaning up the house – Preparing some of the simpler dishes – Putting up outdoor decorations –  Sweeping off the pathway and driveway – Turning on a cheery tune.
  5. Hire Cleaners for a Spotless House.  Additionally, you may want to de-clutter your home as you prepare for new gifts.  Set time aside to throw away or donate unnecessary toys, games and clothes.
  6. Prepare for the Mess in Advance.  If Christmas brings one thing, it’s an onslaught of wrapping paper, tape and ribbons.  Don’t allow your home to become overrun.  Establish a bin or receptacle in a common area of the home to collect all the Christmas wrappings, ribbons and tape.
  7. Set Aside Time to Relax Together!  With all the hustle and subtle of the holiday season, your family will be worn out.  Set aside time with your immediate family to relax.  Skip TV and cable news at night in favor of a relaxing read or get a massage.  This will help ensure you don’t feel overwhelmed.”

SOURCE:  Andrea Davis for realtytimes.com

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