This week I was at a local CVS store and overheard a conversation between the manager and an employee about how they would reorganize the shelves. Since they had 3 holiday items displayed at one time, they were going to have to organize and reorganize over and over.
My point with this article is to share with you the importance of preparing your space for the holidays. When you think about Christmas, or whatever holiday you celebrate, you think of gifts that will need to find a home. And unless you have a space prepared for them, it can cause clutter and chaos. So, here are three quick tips to help you prepare your space for the holidays:
1. Eliminate, purge and organize the areas that you use the most. This might be your closet, pantry, dressers and toys.
2. Use your calendar to organize your days.
3. Keep a To Do List of activities that you need to accomplish
The Elimination Process:
- Purging, eliminating and organizing the areas that you use the most (before the holidays) will help keep you from being overwhelmed when you try to find the room and space for your new gifts. After all, clothing, toys and electronics are the typical Christmas presents and if you have some that you don't need or use any more, go ahead and eliminate them now.
- Using a calendar to keep your activities organized will save you time and stress. Knowing what you have obligated yourself to will also give you the opportunity to know when to say NO. Use your calendar for children's activities, appointments, shopping trips, and everything else that you are obligated to during the holiday season.
To Do List
- Having a To Do List is crucial. We always think that we can remember everything..."I'll remember, I promise"! Not always true. And when we try to keep it all in our head, something is bound to be forgotten. Whether you keep a paper or electronic To Do List, it doesn't matter. Use what works best for your personality. If you like an electronic To Do List, check out my article about DGT GTD. This is the application that I use - and I love it.
Linda Clevenger, Professional Organizer