Organizing and Storing the Holiday Decor

With the holidays becoming a distant memory and the January doldrums now upon us, it is an opportune time to make good on that old and familiar resolution of getting organized and following through with it.

At this point in the year, a good place to start is with all of the holiday decorations that are ready to be put away. Take a good hard look at what was used and especially what was not used this season. Whatever brings you joy and fond memories is a keeper as well as things that might spark your creative juices at some time in the foreseeable future. Items that you are tired of, dated or just there out of a sense of duty are good candidates for retirement.

Once it is decided  what will remain, think about a system for packing it away that is logical and efficient for next year. Shortage of time during the holidays is as certain as death and taxes so being prepared early has its advantages.

Choose a game plan that will work for you. Putting similar things together or packing all items for one room in one container usually works. Keep in mind that the size of the container should be reasonable and not too heavy or bulky especially if stairs or the attic are involved. Most, if not all, of the holiday decor should be stored in one place to avoid the frantic treasure hunt for it next year.

Once the job is done, bask in the glory for a moment then start thinking about what to tackle next.  Before long, you will be keeping your resolution and be on your way to a simpler and more organized lifestyle.

Getting Organized: A Resolution for the New Year

There is nothing better than ringing in the New Year with a new attitude. Out with the old and in with the new and improved. Old habits die hard but one resolution worth trying out is to get yourself and your home organized.

Imagine walking into a home without an obstacle course running through it. Think of all the time saved when you can find what you are looking for in a New York minute. Consider what you could do with more money in your pocket by just getting organized. Dare to dream of a lifestyle that involves less chaos.

The upside potential is endless. A clutter-free home is much easier to clean and maintain. Less stress and more time does wonders for a person’s mental well-being and disposition. An uncluttered home leads to an uncluttered mind.

Once you cast off the excess stuff and the guilt that comes with it, open up the windows and let the world back inside. When opportunity knocks, the path to the door will be easy to find. Throw a party and really celebrate a new year, a new you and a new beginning.

Organizing the Pantry

The pantry as well as other food storage areas like the freezer are a continuous balancing act if you want them to be efficient. We all want to have enough staples at our finger tips and save money as well.

Issues usually arise when we have too much of a good thing. The space gets too crammed making it difficult to find anything or it sits around way past its expiration date. Having a grasp on what is there makes the balancing act a little easier.

Weekly circulars, coupons and even warehouse club stores can be valuable if kept in perspective. Only buy what you will use and in amounts that will be consumed within a reasonable amount of time. As hard as it is to believe sometimes, there most likely will be another incredible sale before the decade runs out.

Allot a defined amount of space to each general product category so as not to get too carried away and to help remember what is already on hand. The space should be big enough to hold what you need and also allow you to see what you have.

Pantries are all about space, time and money. They are an integral part of any kitchen. Used efficiently, there will be enough space to be sufficiently stocked which will save time and help maximize those shopping dollars. Keep in mind that nothing is ever a bargain while it is sitting, getting dusty, taking up space and too often forgotten.

Organize your Home for the Holidays – Part 3

The stores are gearing up for the holidays and hopefully, you are too. The optimal route to take when preparing your home for the holidays is to organize first and then clean. Start with the big jobs which tend to be the basement, attic and garage. From there, move to the closets, cabinets, drawers and any other storage areas in the house.

Once things are organized or at least improved, it will be easier to find an appropriate spot for all of the things lying about the house. It is always quicker to maintain a home when everything has a logical and designated space. As the holidays quickly approach, saving time and energy will be a welcomed bonus.

Cleaning the house as thoroughly as possible is next on the list. Start with the tough and time-consuming jobs as well as those in low traffic areas. When time becomes more of an issue, these are the jobs that may just get skipped entirely. There is a certain satisfaction that comes with knowing that the entire house has been cleaned.

With the house under control, you may just have a little less stress when it comes to the decorating, shopping, meal planning and everything else that the holidays bring. You could even find yourself actually enjoying all of the fun and spirit in the air that comes with the season. That, in itself, is the gift that we all deserve to give ourselves each and every year.

Organize your Home for the Holidays – Part 2

Three of the best places to start with organizing a home are the basement, attic and garage. They admittedly can be the hardest and most time-consuming. Once these are cleared out or at least improved, however, it will set the tone for tackling the rest of the house.

The next areas on the list are closets, cabinets and drawers. Just put your crash helmet on, take a deep breath and dive in. As a general rule, consider the purpose of each space as you go through and decide what to keep, purge or move to another more appropriate place.

Some helpful hints as you move forward are as follows:

The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms so consider it as prime real estate. Purge all of those fancy gadgets and appliances that seemed like a good idea at the time but are just never used. For those that are rarely pressed into action, find another location for them in a more remote spot. A shelf in the basement might be the optimal solution.

In the bedroom, clothes that have not been worn for a good long time should go to charity … end of story. There are plenty of pitfalls and justifications as to why some clothes should be kept but try not of fall prey to them. Look at the storage space that you have and realistically proceed accordingly.

Bathrooms have a way of accumulating massive amounts of lotions and potions. Weed through the really old ones and make a point of using up the rest before you buy anything new.

We all get overly attached to our things … some more than others. If you cannot even remember that you have something, then chances are that it is not that important in the grand scheme of things. When everything that you have is in a designated spot, time will be on your side. You can then be on your way to a less stressful holiday season.

Organize your Home for the Holidays – Part 1

With summer winding down and the kids heading back to school, it is the time of year when we tend to refocus our energies on the great indoors. Consider thinking ahead and giving yourself the gift of a clean and less cluttered house this holiday season.

How many of us swear each year that we are going to do things differently next year? Start now and you will be on your way to a little stress … and a lot less swearing. It is a gift that will keep on giving throughout the rest of the year.

While there is no absolute magic formula to organizing, Fall with its milder temperatures is the perfect season to work on the basement, garage and attic.  They are often the hardest to make sense of and clear out but once you do, you will be less inclined to fill them up again with all of the other must-haves from the rest of the house. It will make the decision of letting go a little easier down the road and you will gather momentum as you go.

Moving forward, thinking twice about what you bring into the house will become second nature. Consequences become more of an issue as to where something is actually going to be placed when it makes its way inside the front door.

Once you get into the mindset and challenge yourself to accept the gift of a more organized home, the process will get easier and less time-consuming each year. Less stress and more memorable holidays are things that are worth the effort and add meaning for a lifetime.

 

Organize your Home to Fit your Lifestyle

Magazines with pretty pictures can inspire all of us and get the creative juices flowing when it comes to our relentless pursuit of the perfect home. However, a healthy dose of reality may be called for when it comes to meeting the day-to-day lifestyle of you and your family.

Planning for enough storage space is as important as the overall look and feel of a room. Without places to put everything that will inevitably turn up, the space will never look picture perfect. The path of least resistance is the road most often taken, especially when it comes to children and spouses. Plan your space accordingly.

The busiest rooms need the most attention. Think double duty. An enclosed cabinet can serve as a microwave stand in the kitchen. A coffee table with built-in storage can be a lifesaver in the den. It seems that there can never be enough drawer space in a bedroom so under the bed storage is a welcome addition. Baskets add charm to any room and provide an easy and convenient solution for housing a multitude of things.

We should all live within our means as well as our lifestyle. Let your surrounding fit you. With a little creativity and ingenuity, you can have a beautiful home that also works and functions well for you and yours.