Organize This: A Holiday Ready Home by Jen Jones

Organize This: A Holiday Ready Home by Jen Jones of iHeart Organizing

Even though it is chilly outside, I am giving the month of December a nice, warm welcome.  This month can quickly become overwhelming and busy with all of the holiday hustle and bustle, however, a little organization and forward thinking will ensure you have time to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. Here are five super simple tips to prepare you for the magical season ahead.

1. Make a Plan

It seems as though there is always something going on during the month of December; holiday parties, volunteer time, shopping trips and school musicals just to name a few. The beginning of the month is the perfect time to take a few extra minutes and make a plan. Pin up a calendar in a central location and jot down every obligation for the entire month. Once you can see everything at a glance, really determine the importance of each commitment. People tend to over-schedule themselves during the holiday season, which takes away from the overall enjoyment factor. Try to prioritize the events (and maybe even axe a few from the lineup), while also blocking out days for rest and relaxation. A calendar is also a great place to keep track of your holiday to-do lists as well as your cleaning plan for the month.

Speaking of Cleaning Plan…

2.  My next tip is to put together cleaning caddies to store withing commonly used areas of the home. Because December is already so busy, there is no sense in adding the stress of constant cleaning. However, with the amount of parties and people stopping by to mingle, you will most likely want your home to remain visitor ready. By keeping cleaning supplies easy to access in the bathroom and kitchen, a quick cleanup each day will prevent things from getting out of control over the course of the month. Bonus points for adding peppermint essential oil to your homemade cleaners, or picking up a pine scented all purpose cleaner at the store. Another tip is to set aside a total of 5-10 minutes each day for a quick de-cluttering. Simple steps such as putting away shoes, tossing mail into a basket, cleaning the kitchen counters and straightening seating areas, will make a dramatic impact to the main areas of the home.

Drink Up!

3.  I personally love to create a small holiday-ready beverage station each year. I fill a tray with necessities to whip up seasonal drinks; everything from marshmallows to candy canes to cocoa powder and even a little Irish Cream. It is great to have a “go-to” spot when a neighbor stops by to chat or mom pops in with a bag of goodies for the kids.