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Organizing The Home For The Holidays
The holidays are rapidly approaching which inevitably means new things and less space. With guests coming in, gifts flowing over, extra food, and a mountain of other random items coming to the foreground, we might need to move a few things around to see where we can fit all of the new goodies coming our way. Here a few ways to compensate for the overcrowding and a few ways to give your space a fresh look for the holidays.
Storage is Your Friend
This seems like a bit of a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at the different ways you can store your extra belongings while using the storage units themselves as furniture.
When storing things for the winter season, try utilizing storage units that have more to them than plastic. Wicker boxes, wooden chests, espresso colored shelves are all great ways to store summer oddities while still having a beautiful piece of furniture to liven up the room.
If you go the route of drawers, you can easily pick up a piece that has a nice wooden (or wood-like) finish. This way you can decorate the tops and knobs with different holiday ornaments to give it the real holiday feel as well.
The Rule of ‘Pitch-it’
No one likes to throw away old relics that have been with them for years on end. If you aren’t using it, it’s jut collecting dust and taking up space. The general rule here is if it hasn’t been touched in at least a year, it isn’t a family jewel, and it serves no real purpose (physical or emotional) then it is time to get rid of it.
Getting rid of old items can help you see what it is that you have and what it is that you need. It can also help you see just how much space you really have.
Now, keep in mind, just because there is space doesn’t mean it has to be filled. Sometimes the simplistic aesthetic look can definitely add a fine layer of sophistication to any room. It also helps your nerves from tying themselves in knots when you see just how much you DON’T have to clean. If the item is still in excellent condition, you can consider gifting it to someone who has shown an interest in it. This way you end up giving it a new home where it will be appreciated.
However, if the item is still in excellent condition, you can consider gifting it to someone who has shown an interest in it in the past. This way you end up giving it a new home where it will be appreciated.
Move it Around… Like Tetris
Sometimes we put items and furniture in a room because we think it belongs there based on the name. Truth be told, this is how some things get to be a little over cluttered. Other times we’ll buy a coffee table or centerpiece for a room because that’s what we grew up with.
Honestly, having an open area in the middle of the room is a great way to show an open and inviting atmosphere. If you want tables in your living room, try giving yourself a little extra creativity and incorporate two side tables between the sofa and recliner. This way you don’t give up your table space and you still have an open area. If the barren floor bothers you, consider grabbing a decorative rug. Make sure the design takes up a good majority of the center so the piece fills your home with design but also leaves space for the kids to sit around and open gifts come Christmas morning!
These are just a handful of ways that one can open up their space and remove clutter just in time for the holidays. Remember to keep your doors open and your home inviting by eliminating anything that could give off the wrong vibe for the holiday season!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.