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15 Minute Makeover for Holiday Entertaining

The holidays are coming whether you like it or not. It can be stressful to think about everything you have to do to get ready and if you are hosting family and/or friends in your home, a quick home makeover may be on your to-do list. To make the holidays a little more organized try one or two (or a few) of these organizing projects to be guest ready.

Revamp your coat closet – It may be the first space your guest see in your home. Make space by moving lighter coats to another closet. Sort items on the closet shelf into bins or boxes and label the boxes. Neatly arrange the items on the floor. If you need to move more things to another space, do so, so that the first impression you offer your guests is a good one.

Clear off surfaces – This is most important in the rooms where you will be entertaining. You won’t need reading material while you have guests, so gather up the books and magazines and re-shelf them or move them to another area of your home. Go a little bit further by donating or recycling what you no longer need.

Sweep the floors – Literally sweep, but first get everything up off of them. Toys are the clutter culprit in lots of homes. Clean up the toys, so at least you give a good first impression. Of course your children will counteract your efforts very quickly, but it’s worth a try. Once items are off the floor, then literally sweep.

Attack your senses – Are you making something in the kitchen, so that great smells will greet your guests? If not that’s fine. Maybe you will have a live Christmas tree (love that pine smell!) and maybe a scented candle will do the trick. Need more? Turn on some music to add to the holiday cheer.

Really, your holiday guests just want to be with you to celebrate, so making them feel welcome is really the point. Let them know that you have thought about them beforehand and have a place for them in your heart and home.

Need more ideas? Check out Organized Christmas.

Also, here are a couple of our blog posts on the subject.

Holiday Planning in 3 Easy Steps

Organizing for the Holidays



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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

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