The holiday season is right around the corner, which means it’s time to begin thinking about shopping, cooking, event planning and even some merrymaking. To help you get organized (and stay sane) so you can focus on celebrating with friends and family rather than stressing over tasks, we’ve put together some tips.
Before you can start baking cookies, pies and breads for the holidays, we can nearly guarantee one thing: your pantry needs a good cleaning. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or your main focus is the fall and winter holidays each year, you’ve likely got some old food and baking supplies that need to be cleared out.
For many of us, the holidays are a joyful time that that also brings a bit of stress because it means hosting guests. There are so many things to take into consideration—how many people are coming over, what are you cooking, what are your guests bringing and—if your guests are from out of town—where’s everyone sleeping?
It’s the most wonderful time of year if you love to cook big family meals and bake treats for the holidays. But cooking can easily turn hectic if you can’t find the spices, the baking dish or the dry goods you need to complete your culinary masterpiece. But by organizing your ingredients, tools and dishes so they’re easy to locate, you can once again find joy in baking.
You’ve got a beautiful entrance to your house—your front porch is decorated for the season and when you open the door, an elegant area rug and lighting fixture greet visitors. But if you’re like many people, the only time someone walks through your front entrance is if they’ve never been to your house before. The entryway everyone uses is most likely closer to your garage or on the side of your house—through the mudroom. Your mudroom is a catch-all space for outdoor gear, mail, work and school bags, shoes, purses, and anything else you use just about every day. Chances are it is not well-organized, which can make it hard to find exactly what you need before you run out the door.
Your closet is overstuffed and there’s no good place to store all of your shoes—and don’t mention handbags, scarves and jewelry. Rather than spend time each week tidying your closet or reorganizing the shoes that are now in a pile on the floor, you’ve decided it’s finally time to turn to the pros for help building out a custom closet.