Fall is officially upon us, which means the holidays are right around the corner. Holidays mean family get-togethers and festive dinner parties! But with all of that togetherness, who has time to keep a tidy house? Here are Design & Order’s top 10 ways to get organized before and stay organized throughout the upcoming holidays.
1. Start with the big picture
Begin by decluttering the most commonly used areas. Have junk just hanging around your family areas? Get rid of what you don’t need, and put away the rest. Have a few boxes of items you’ve been meaning to donate? Still need to do a closet purge? Go ahead and do that now. You’ll want unnecessary clutter out of your way so you can get to the real cleaning.
2. Work room-by-room
If one room is more of a problem area than the rest, start there. You don’t have to declutter your entire living space in one organization session. Rome wasn’t built in a day! Pace yourself and make sure you get it right the first time. The idea is to get organized and stay organized.
3. Rearrange closets
Organize closets to feature your seasonally appropriate attire. This will make it much easier for you on a daily basis. If you’re no longer wearing many of your summer clothing items, replace them with your fall clothing items.
4. Hi-ho, hi-ho, work high to low
Dust everything first, so you’re not just stirring up dirt in your already clean home. Start with ceiling fan blades, mouldings, and wall fixtures and work your way down to furniture and electronics.
5. Wash the windows
This isn’t something that needs to be done every time you clean your home, but it’s always nice to have sparkling windows! At the very least, get rid of any unsightly cobwebs and dirt.
6. Kitchen Duty
Clean out the fridge, pantry, and the oven. Get rid of expired food items. Clean the shelves in your fridge, and reorganize its contents for easier navigation (i.e. group all of the condiments together, fit produce in the crisper, organize drinks). The same goes for the pantry. Wipe down the shelves, sweep up any dirt or crumbs from the floor, and organize the food items. The more organized your fridge and pantry are, the easier it is to find what you’re looking for. If you’re planning family meals, now is a great time to clean out the oven. Just like any other appliance, routine cleaning is good for its overall function. And you definitely don’t want any oven problems in the midst of preparing holiday meals.
7. Rearrange and Restock
Organize drawers, tidy cabinets, restock your cleaning items, non-perishables, and anything else you may need to keep on hand.
8. Work wet to dry
Clean all sinks and tubs first and then move to dry areas. This is just for the sake of keeping it simple. Working this way means you’ll only need one set of cleaning supplies at a time. Wipe down baseboards and sweep and/or vacuum and/or mop. This is one of the final steps to a clean home for the holidays. You’ll want to make sure all of the organizing, purging, and decluttering are finished before completing this step. Once there’s no junk lingering about, it’ll be much easier for you to get to the nooks and crannies.
9. Finish up any outdoor chores.
Dust off any outdoor furniture, sweep the porches and patios, and clean up any lawn clippings and leaves. Put away summertime toys, and make room for fall/winter supplies.
10. Maintain. Maintain. Maintain.
Create a manageable cleaning schedule. If you operate with the idea that everything has a home, you’ll find that your upkeep is much simpler than if you let things become disorganized. If you stick to a routine, by the time the holidays roll around, you won’t have the stress of doing a large amount of housework in a short amount of time.
And, of course, Design and Order is always here for any organizing/styling projects you have in mind! Visit our site and fill out this contact form for more information about our services.