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Practical Tips to Get Organized for the Holidays

Oh the Christmas holidays! While it may be the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be the most stressful time of the year, especially if you're hosting out-of-town guests. With Christmas around the corner, you can finally have a stress-free holiday season with our trusty holiday tips.

1. Inspect your home with fresh eyes

Take a walk through your home and look at it as though you were a guest. Start from the outside of your house, starting with the main door, and walk through all the main areas your guests will be frequenting the most, such as the living room, bathrooms, the kitchen, and especially the guest bedroom. Take note of what needs cleaning, removing, and replacing. Sometimes getting your carpets or furniture cleaned can make a big difference. If you do opt for professional carpet cleaning services, its best to stick with a drier method so carpets or upholstered furniture dry faster and are ready in time for guests.

2. Work room-by-room and declutter!

Start your cleaning process by going room-by-room. Declutter by boxing up all the items you no longer need and consider donating them to a local charity.

3. Get into the spirit of giving

The holidays are the season of giving. What better way to get into the spirit than giving items you no longer need to charity? As you begin to declutter, keep aside any useful items that can be donated and given another life. If the children at home are old enough, get them involved in the process by having them go through old and neglected toys. They'll feel good knowing they're helping others while making space for new ones they'll be unwrapping on Christmas morning.

4. Prepare the rooms your guests will visit

Make your home more welcoming and cozy for guests. Areas such as the guest bedroom and the guest bathroom will be one of the most frequently used.

Guest bedroom

Once the room has been decluttered and space has been made for suitcases and bags, see what can be added to make your guests' stay more comfortable.Your guests will appreciate a pile of extra blankets and pillows (and even towels) placed in their room. Go one step further and stock a welcome basket filled with travel essentials and other necessities. These can include toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel, disposable razors and so on. Guests will love this thoughtful gesture, especially if they forgot to bring any of these items. Bringing out wamer bed linens, such as flannel sheets, will help guests stay toasty on cold winter nights.

Bathroom

Aside from cleaning out shelf space for guests, keep all toiletries in plain sight. There's nothing worse than the feeling of running out of toilet paper at someone else's house and being unable to find any!

5. Plan ahead

Keeping all holiday planning in your head will cause you to feel overwhelmed. Writing it down can help you plan everything in advance and give you time to organize before it gets busier. Grocery list Everyday items such as milk, paper towels, and other staples can be overlooked in the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, cleaning, errands, and other things that come up. Buying items your guests might appreciate, even if you don't use them, is a thoughtful way of making them feel more welcome.

6. Buy extra gifts for unexpected guests

Unexpected guests are a given during Christmas. Having some nicely wrapped gifts at hand, such as a nice box of chocolates, a small home decor item, or a bottle of champagne can make these guests feel special and appreciated.

7. Take some time for yourself and your family

The holidays can turn into a bit of an exhausting time with all the activities and shopping. Take some time to relax and take care of yourself. Your pets can also start feeling anxious with many people in the house. Provide them with their own corner in the home, away from the crowds and noise. Create a space with a bed, some toys, and a litterbox, a place where they can feel some comfort and can retire to if they feel anxious or want space.

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