Organizing Your Home For Holiday Visitors (Guest Post)
While it is true that the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, they can also be the most stressful. Between gift buying, holiday decorating, dinner parties, hosting visiting family, and taking care of the everyday mom jobs, it can feel like the to-do lists are endless and all organization goes out the window.
Fortunately, all it takes is some preparation to ensure your holidays run without a hitch. From organizing your schedule to eliminating items in your home that you no longer need, every mom has the power to make this holiday season your most efficient yet.
Keep Public Areas Tidy
Even in the midst of the busiest season of the year, it’s far easier and time sensitive to tidy as you go rather than doing deep cleaning sessions that take up half the day. Do your best to clean up areas of your home as you use them and remember to focus on the busiest or most prominent areas of your home.
When you’re ready to start the big projects, start with your exterior. Decorate with a seasonal wreath and regularly bring boots, umbrellas, and other items indoors. If you keep this area tidy throughout the season, guests of all types will feel comfortable and welcome.
Another key area to keep clean is the entryway. Remember to:
- Place keys in a dish on a table
- Put shoes away
- Keep mail from collecting
- Clear out room in the coat closet for guest’s coats
Before guests arrive, make room in the bathrooms by putting toiletries in a drawer or in a basket in the bathroom cabinet. (No one wants to see your dirty toothbrush, anyway). Make sure extra toilet paper is easy to find and offer room spray and fresh hand towels.
Decorating a home for the holidays doesn’t need to be over the top. In fact, a sprinkle of seasonal decor in each room is the best way to transform a space as too many holiday decorations can begin to make a home feel cluttered and noisy.
Going with a minimal decor style not only leaves more space for you and your guests, it also gives your home a chic, modern look. This will help your guests feel comfortable and will also require less storage space once the holidays have passed.
Donate Extra Items
Many people save their trip to the local donation center for after Christmas. But being proactive and sorting through your belongings before the holidays hit to create more space and eliminate clutter.
Go through your and your kids’ belongings and get rid of any items you don’t completely love. This can include clothing, decor, dishes, etc. The less they have in their rooms and closets, the more space you have to push things aside or stash unwanted barriers.
Seasonal tip: Spread holiday cheer by going through children’s books and toys and donating them to seasonal charities. Get the entire family involved and spend a day putting together donation baskets for families who need them.
Create an Airport Plan
If family is coming to town, you may be planning on picking them up from the airport. In a rideshare based world, it’s easy to lose sight of the importance of meeting family at the gates. But for a truly merry and hospitable visit, plan on taking your biggest car and pick up your visitors from the airport.
Of course, picking people up from the airport does take time away from all of your organizing. Map out all of the expected arrival times of your friends and family to plan your daily errands. Scope out grocery stores and shops surrounding the airport so you can maximize your time and avoid waiting in your car for your guests to arrive.
Hire a Professional
If the idea of preparing your home for the holidays feels overwhelming, there’s no shame in asking for help. Hiring a professional will give you an idea of where to begin in your holiday prep and you can carry this knowledge over to next year. Professional organizers will be able to help you create space in your home for guests, decorate accordingly, and help you decide which items to keep and which to donate.
Lexi Carr is a freelance writer with a passion for family and helping others. When she’s not writing, you can find her walking her dog, Bruno. You can follow her on