With the holidays just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get your decorations, kitchen supplies, and cooking equipment organized for entertaining guests. Use this quick guide to help you prepare your home for the upcoming winter season.
Go Through Everything
Before you start putting up decorations and rearranging your furniture, it’s important to know what you have to work with – and, more importantly, what you should let go. Pull out your boxes and start sorting through all the lights, window decals, gift wrapping paper, ribbons, and more. You may find that there are some items you no longer need, stuff that’s no longer your style, or even decorations that are too worn out to use anymore. Assemble these unwanted articles into resell, recycle, and repurpose piles. That will leave only the decorations that resonate with you, making it much easier to store your belongings when spring comes.
Sort Out Your Pantry
Planning some meals this year? Organizing your pantry is a simple yet effective way of equipping yourself for success. If you have some space on the inside of your pantry door, grab a pantry rack – or get creative with a shower caddy. If there’s counter space you seldom use, don’t be afraid to put out baskets or decorative-but-practical storage containers for your produce. Go through your spices, your cereals, your sauces – more than likely, you’ll discover a burgeoning army of bottles of basil that you can combine to save some extra space.
Organize Your Kitchen
While you’re in the kitchen, now’s a good time to start thinking about how to optimize your storage capacity – and add room when you’re at full capacity. Don’t neglect the space around your refrigerator. Build or buy a rolling pantry that will fit between your fridge and your wall. The top of your fridge is also a perfect spot for a basket or two filled with dried goods. You could also utilize your wall space – you’d be surprised how much room you’ll save in your cabinet with a simple wall-mounted spice rack. If you’re out of space, fret not. A nearby nook or underused closet is a great place to set up shop. If your nook is out in the open, a simple curtain is a classy way to keep your kitchen supplies out of sight when not in use.
Store Your Summer Gear
If you haven’t already, consider safely storing your summer clothes and gear to give you extra breathing room at home. That way, you’ll have the space to keep your home neat and tidy throughout the holiday season. Choose climate-controlled storage for all your valuables that are sensitive to anything but the mildest levels of temperatures and humidity.
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