We’re entering into one of the busiest times of the year. With friends, family and colleagues all coming and going keeping up with holiday entertaining can mean a lot of work and having a disorganized home can make it all the more difficult. It’d be great if you could spend the season entertaining instead of feeling stressed out.
In today’s blog post I’m going to go over a couple of simple ways you can keep your home organized this holiday season, so you can focus on spending time with those most important to you.
Make a list and check it twice (no, really)
When are you planning on entertaining guests? Who will be staying over the holidays? Who will you have to buy gifts for? Putting all of this down in a small pocket sized notebook or even better, an app on your phone will keep you focused on the tasks at hand and feeling less scatterbrained. Pocket sized notebooks are dirt cheap. If you’d prefer to use an app just search for “to do list” in your in the Google Play store or the iTunes store.
When entertaining guests, plan your menu and shopping list ahead. If guests will be staying in your home, get the guest area set up now. Don’t wait until the last minute. Make a spreadsheet of gift giving or use an app to figure out who you need to buy for and what you are buying. Add a few generic gifts for just in case moments when you need to have a hostess gift or spur of the moment gift. This can be as simple as a nice (but moderately priced) bottle of wine or a tasteful gift card.
Keep things dead simple.
Nearly everyone has the feeling that their friends and family maintain neater, cleaner homes. But no one expects your home to look like it belongs on the cover of Better Homes & Gardens during the holidays. As you begin to decorate your home for the holidays, take a second look at your decorations from previous years and decide if they are really items you love and want to put out.
Keep in mind that every knick-nack or decoration you take out now, you’ll have to pack back up after the holidays
Just say yes
When someone offers to help you, just say yes. When you are entertaining in your home, take a brief look at the menu and see if others can help you by bringing a dish. Most of your friends and family would probably be delighted to be helpful.
Have someone assigned to taking coats or greeting guests as they arrive and taking drink orders. All these little tasks will make your event less stressful for you and you will be able to concentrate on the important things you need to do.