I find that the days just prior to Thanksgiving are perfect for getting organized. Company may be coming soon or you may be leaving town to visit family. It's the start of the holiday season. It's the countdown to a brand new year. Why not 'make a clean sweep' now, so you can enjoy the holiday season, end the year with a bang and start off the new year fresh?
Here are five things you can do to get organized before turkey day:
- Don't go grocery shopping. Except for perishables, like milk, try to make your meals based on what you already have in the cupboards, refrigerator, freezer and pantry. This 'use up what you have' theory forces you to be creative with your meal planning, and allows you to make plenty of room for the big Thanksgiving feast and the leftovers.
- Give the coat closet an overhaul. Whatever coats or jackets you have that nobody wears can be donated to your favorite charity. Warm outerwear is especially appreciated by local donation centers this time of year. Everything that remains in the closet should be hanging in one direction--including hangers--for a consistent, uniform look. Get rid of those flimsy wire hangers and trade them in for sturdy wooden or heavy plastic. Smaller accessories, such as mittens, hats and scarves, can be stored a multi-pocket accessory organizer that hangs from the rod. Another possibility is storing each family members's accessories in tote bags, labeled with the person's name and hung from a hook in the closet. Finally, be sure there are empty hangers inside for holiday guests.
- Make way for the tree. If part of your celebration includes a Christmas tree each year, conquer the clutter in the room where the tree will be displayed. Empty papers off any surfaces and either recycle them if they're not needed or file them away in your filing system for future reference. Get any toys into baskets with lids or put them into the toy room. Gather anything in this room or area that should not be there and bring it to its proper home-- that is, unless you don't have a use for it, in which case it should be donated or tossed. Start moving any furniture necessary so that when you finally bring the tree into the room, it will be a smooth and simple process.
- Make a good impression. First impressions are important, and when someone walks into your home--including yourself-- it will not be a great impression if you have clutter strewn about in each and every room. Give your home a calm, warm, relaxed look by eliminating the chaos. Put things back where they belong. Get baskets and containers with lids to help you contain items like remotes, toys, magazines, office supplies and books. Are you so overwhelmed you don't even know where to start? No problem.
Just tackle one small thing at a time--the area that bothers you the most--and you'll be well on your way to an organized home before you know it.
- Make a list and check it twice. With so many different tasks and activities going on this time of year, the last thing you should do is try to remember everything in your head--that is, if you want to avoid headaches and stress.
The most basic and simple solution for getting everything done in a calm and collected manner, is to keep track of everything you have to do and everything you've accomplished on a simple list. With this visual, you won't have to worry about forgetting anything. Plus, it will be easier to see what tasks you can delegate--hint, hint, if you don't have to do it all, don't. Get help from family members, friends or professionals (like organizing services or cleaning services) whenever you can.
by Maria Gracia - Get Organized Now!
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