Get your home organized before the Holidaysby Lutes Custom Cabinetry on 2017-11-30 21:36:04
As the days get colder and shorter and you find yourself spending more time inside, now is a great time to get your home organized before the holidays, especially if guests will be visiting or staying with you.
After all, what’s more embarrassing than having your mother-in-law ask where your containers for the leftovers are, only to watch helplessly as your disheveled collection comes tumbling out at her from the depths of your cabinet? Taking some simple steps now will help everything run more smoothly during the holidays.
Create extra space for guests to leave their coats, hats, and shoes. If you have an entryway or hall closet, assess whether there is adequate space for additional coats, and whether there are enough empty hangers for everyone who will be visiting. Consider temporarily moving some of your own items to another closet if necessary. If your closet has shelving, clear some space for guests to place items such as hats or bags. A few hooks could also be installed on the side walls of your closet to hang loose items.
Hall trees, coat trees, and coat racks are a great solution if you don’t have an entryway closet, or if you just want to provide an additional convenient place for guests to leave their coats.
It is also a good idea to provide boot trays, mats, or shoe racks close to your entryway for guests to leave their shoes. This is especially helpful this time of year when the weather is unpredictable and guests could arrive with wet, snowy, or muddy shoes.
Clear clutter from your countertops. Don’t wait until guests start arriving to figure out where they’ll put their casserole dishes and slow cookers. Take a look a your counters now and think about what you could store in your cabinets or pantry instead. Items you use on a daily basis, such as coffee makers, canisters, or cooking utensils can be left on the counters, whereas items you use less often could be put away. Knick knacks or piles of paper that end up on your counters should also be cleared ahead of time. If you are hosting a holiday meal and have limited counter space, even items you use on a daily basis could be relocated on the day of the event to help make room for food and serving trays.
Corral serving spoons, hot pads, and oven mitts into one convenient location so you don’t have to dig for them after guests arrive. If guests will be bringing slow cookers, assess whether you’ll have enough available outlets. If not, keep a power strip nearby that you can easily locate that day.
Organize your cabinets and drawers. Keep your mother-in-law from getting swallowed by that avalanche of plastic containers by organizing storage containers and their lids in a convenient, easy-to-reach location. Plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and resealable storage bags should also be easily accessible.
Make sure guest bedrooms are guest-friendly. Guest bedrooms and their closets seem like the perfect catch-all for storing random items that don’t already have a home—that is, until it’s time for your guests to arrive. Instead of having to frantically clear space in the guest room at the last minute while your potatoes are boiling over in the kitchen, take some time now to assess what needs to be done to make it guest-friendly. Put fresh sheets and blankets on the bed. Leave extra blankets in a convenient location. Clear enough space in the closet or dressers for guests to store their clothes, especially if they will be staying more than a couple days. If you don’t have a convenient place in your bathrooms to store extra towels for guests, place enough clean towels and washcloths in their guest room for them to use throughout their stay. Make sure they have convenient access to a laundry basket or hamper to discard used linens.
Do the deep cleaning now, before your schedule gets even more hectic. Sure, you’ll still have to clean before the holidays, but with the deep cleaning out of the way, it won’t be nearly as time consuming. Even if you aren’t planning on hosting, now that you’re probably spending more time indoors, it’s a great time to tackle deep cleaning projects. These might include polishing your stainless steel; cleaning your refrigerator, freezer, oven, stovetop, or microwave; scrubbing tile grout; wiping down walls in high-traffic areas; dusting blinds and washing and ironing (or dry cleaning) curtains; or spot cleaning furniture, area rugs, or throw pillows.
If you’ve been avoiding hosting a holiday gathering because you’re in need of a kitchen or bathroom overhaul, give us a call! Next year, your house will be the one everyone wants to visit!