It’s never easy keeping your home cleaned up, organized and well-maintained. There’s always something to do to keep your house and home in good shape. But, it seems like the holidays pose greater challenges to homeowners today. After all, you may need to move furniture and belongings in anticipation of friends and family visits. Or, you may need to make room for a holiday tree and decorations. Maybe you’ve got a painting project in mind this year. Or, pictures to be hung on otherwise empty walls. Whatever the reason, it’s important to get organized in advance of the holiday season.
One of the greatest challenges for today’s homeowner is clutter. Unwanted marketing material is a particular problem during the holiday season, from Thanksgiving through New Year’s and beyond. If junk mail is overwhelming you and your family this holiday season, visit OptOutPrescreen, the official Consumer Credit Reporting Agency’s official website, to stop receiving pre-approved credit card and insurance offers. Register on Catalog Choice to reduce the unsolicited catalogs that are overwhelming your home. Getting your paperwork under control is one step to get your home ready for holiday traffic.
Other ideas? Check out these Top 5 Holiday Home Organization Tips. Simple, surefire ways to get the home improvement job done before the first snow fall hits your hometown this Christmas and winter holiday season.
Holiday Home Organization Tip 1.Make a list of holiday events, visits and other plans. To get your home organized, you need to know what’s coming at you in the weeks and months ahead. Making a list of what’s happening during the Christmas and winter holiday season will help you plan your home maintenance projects. You certainly don’t want to take on anything major in the middle of the room where you entertain guests during the holidays.
Holiday Home Organization Tip 2.Prioritize home projects in advance of friends and family visits. Do you need to paint your family room this year? Repair the sink in your bathroom? Adjust your satellite television? If so, frontload these home improvement projects well in advance of visits from friends and family. That way you’ll have sufficient time to address any last minute tweaks or problems. Don’t forget to get the kids involved in figuring out ways they can organize and refresh their rooms in anticipation of holiday visitors.
Holiday Home Organization Tip 3. Don’t be overly ambitious. Even if you’re planning to take time off during the Christmas and winter holiday season, don’t take on more home improvement and organization projects than you can reasonably manage. Home organizing and improvement projects take time and energy, something you don’t want to lose too close to the Christmas and winter holiday season.
Holiday Home Organization Tip 4.Think small projects. Doing a few things well, like painting a powder room, assembling a much-needed set of bookshelves, or hanging pictures on empty walls will make such a big difference in your home. And, they won’t break the bank. These small projects can also help you save time and money that’s better spent on holiday entertaining this winter. Check out Do It Yourself and Real Simple websites and magazines for manageable home organizing and improvement projects you can do on your own.
Holiday Home Organization Tip 5.Repurpose, redesign and reuse. Go green wtih your home improvement and organization projects this Christmas and holiday season. Think sustainable when organizing and improving your home in advance of the busy holiday season. Repaint a table. Repair torn drapes. Change the fabric on your dining room chairs. There’s so much you can do to refresh your home’s look and style in time for the holidays, without having to buy anything new.
HOME IMPROVEMENT RESOURCES
Do It Yourself
Home and Garden Television (HGTV)
This Old House