The holiday season is in full swing, and with Christmas just a week away, it’s time to tackle that last-minute organizing. As a professional organizer, I understand the hustle and bustle of the season, and I’m here to share some quick and effective tips to bring order to your home before the festivities kick in.
1. Wrap It Up: Gift Wrapping Station Mastery
Let’s start with the wrapping chaos. Create a dedicated gift wrapping station with all the essentials: wrapping paper, ribbons, tags, and scissors. This not only ensures a tidy setup but also speeds up the wrapping process. Highly recommend using storage bins for the bow and tags and invest in a wrapping paper storage container.
2. Santa’s Helper: Quick Toy Triage
If you have little ones, toys may seem to multiply overnight. Conduct a swift toy triage, discarding broken or unused items. Consider donating gently used toys to make room for new additions from Santa.
3. Pantry Primp: Streamlined Holiday Meal Prep
Take a peek into your pantry and refrigerator. Dispose of expired items and organize shelves to accommodate holiday ingredients. Create a meal plan for this week to avoid last-minute grocery store chaos.
4. Guest Room Glow-Up: Hospitality with Ease
If you’re expecting guests, spruce up the guest room with fresh linens and thoughtful touches. Clear out any unnecessary items to make your guests feel welcome and comfortable. I like to set out water in the guest room and add in touches of nice products in the guest bathroom.
5. Tech Check: Capture Christmas Memories
Ensure your camera or smartphone is ready to capture those precious holiday moments. Clear space on your devices and have chargers at the ready. You won’t want to miss a single smile or surprise. This is one I need to spend more time on. Ask my husband, my phone is always in the red and it drives him crazy.
6. Merry Mail Management: Tidy the Holiday Cards
If holiday cards are piling up, consider displaying them creatively. Recycle any cards that don’t hold sentimental value and do not feel guilty about it.
7. Mindful Moments: Schedule ‘Me’ Time
Amidst the organizing frenzy, don’t forget to schedule a few moments for yourself. Whether it’s a cup of cocoa, a brisk walk, or a quick meditation session, taking a breath will help you stay calm and centered.
Christmas is a time for joy, not stress. With a little strategic organizing, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable holiday for you and your loved ones. Embrace the last-minute sprint with a positive mindset, and remember that the goal is to create lasting memories, not perfect perfection.
Wishing you a beautifully organized and blissfully joyful Christmas!