At the end of the Summer months, Fall kicks in and so do the crazy, busy school-time schedules. I don't know about you, but the holidays seem to come earlier and earlier every year and there are so many things that need to be done before that time comes! Here are a few things to help get you going on organizing some things around home so you can be ready for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
Prioritize & Plan - Not only do you need to prioritize and plan for the holidays themselves, your home needs to be in good shape so that all the extra decorating and activities don't make you feel overwhelmed and take away your joy of the season! Go from room to room in your home (garage included) and make a list of things that you would like to happen in those rooms before the holidays. After you have your list, then prioritize those lists from most to least important. After you have done that, make a master list of the most important rooms to the least important rooms. This way you tackle what really matters the most to you without getting trapped in a rabbit hole of organizing that really doesn't matter to have done before the holidays. There will always be time AFTER the holiday season to do those things on the lower parts of the list.
Schedule Days On & Off - Schedule the days you will be tackling this project head on and possibly have someone watch the kids (unless your kids are at the age to help) so that you can concentrate completely on the task at hand. Mentally knowing what days you will be attacking it helps you to be ready to really work hard when the time comes. Trying to do a big task like this in the evenings after work will make it more difficult to get done in a timely manner and can cause a lot more stress than there needs to be. Scheduling around trash pick up days may help as well so you don't have a pile of trash sitting around for a week at a time. Also find out what days are the best days to take your donation items to where ever you will be donating them. This will help you get those items there sooner and not just create a new un-organized pile of stuff in your garage or car that needs to go. If you have that planned for a certain day, it's so much easier to focus and accomplish your goals!
Be Prepared - Any equipment you will be using for organizing needs to be ready to go when you start your project (like what items you will use for sorting or cleaning). Other specific organizing systems or specialty things you may want to use need to be purchased when you have a clearer picture of how many items will be going into that space. You don't want to spend a bunch of money on expensive organizers when you find a cute collection of baskets you have had forever just waiting to be used. Buy as you need for specific things.
Reward & Repeat - After you finish a portion of the project, reward yourself with some nice down time, dinner out or something that makes it all worthwhile for you. Then get started on the next portion on another scheduled day or time. This will help keep up your momentum to get it done and also not burn you out doing so much at one time.
Putting away summer equipment, changing out wardrobes for the cooler months in your closet and organizing rooms for holiday guests can require a lot of work. If you plan right and don't give up, you can have your home ready for this holiday season in no time! Whatever isn't done by the holidays can be pushed until Spring! Then you can get all organized for all the fun in the summer months!--Jen Lush