Putting Christmas Away

So it’s time to take down Christmas and put the exterior and interior decorations away.

As for the exterior decorations, there are some companies that will offer to put the decorations up and take them down. If you contract  for them to do both you may get a discount. If the company you are using  doesn’t advertise to do so, ask. They may not have thought of offering the  service. You boost there business and you don’t have to deal with the hassle.

Indoor decorations can be taken down and tidied up with the following  suggestions.

1. Ornaments: Pack delicate and family heirlooms in acid free tissue paper  (available at craft stores), paper towels, large paper napkins or small bubble  wrap. For those extra special ornaments consider plastic, acrylic or card  board boxes (available at craft stores). In the winter season stores like Costco  and Sam’s Club offer apples in clear plastic trays. Save them and store  ornaments in the perfect apple size impressions and ornament size containers.

2. Strands of garland and tinsel: Save the clear plastic zip bags that comforters,  pillows, sheet sets and pillow cases come in. Depending on the quantity, large  zip lock bags and space bags do the trick too. The contents become perfectly  packed when all the air is vacuumed out. They are great for these flexible  decorations.  A super way to take the stress off of the activity is to invite friends and family  over for a party and celebrate the end of the season. You will be surprised how people are willing to lend a helping hand if you provide a yummy meal and great conversation. Tell stories about your holiday season, share pictures and ask  everyone about their new year’s resolutions. The time will be merry and the task  quicker to get done. When all the decorations are down, put them in clear plastic storage containers in a safe, weather proof attic, basement, garage, under the stairs or in your storage unit. Make certain to keep them all together so you don’t have to go scurrying around looking for all the bits and pieces.

My name is Angelica Holiday and my company is called Organize Rescue. I am a motivated organizer that helps people with everyday organizing challenges, organizes people’s moves and provides wardrobing services. My  expertise also includes when it’s time for Mom and Dad to go to a care home,  downsizing of all kinds and hoarders.

Putting Christmas Away

Organize Rescue quoted in “Clear and Create Space if You’re Hosting this Holiday.

Clear and Create Space if You’re Hosting this Holiday

Posted on December 22, 2014 by Christelle

Is everyone opening presents at your house? Are you responsible for cooking a festive feast? Don’t let the space in your home limit the amount of fun you can have. Make sure in-laws, friends and neighbors can join in your joyful occasion by clearing out the clutter in your home and opening your door to more people.

Work With What You Have

Instead of relocating your event to an expensive venue, make your space work for you. Whether you live in a small apartment or your living room feels overwhelmed by a tree and gifts, leverage an area by assessing these three points:

What items are essential to the party?

What items are not? What is the maximum number of people you can expect to host at once?

Does everyone need to be seated at the same time?

Should it stay or should it go?

While your coffee table may be a nice centerpiece to the room and pull your furniture together, it may not be crucial during a party. Furniture that serves more of a fashionable purpose than a functional need can be temporarily relocated to another room or pushed up against a wall to create more floor space.

“The main room of the party should look like an arena. All table surfaces and seating pushed to the perimeter. This makes for a great traffic area for people coming in and out of the room. Also, it allows for groups of people that know each other to congregate in small cuddles without having to navigate pieces of furniture,” says Angelica Holiday of Organize Rescue.

RSVPs Runneth Over

Are you worried that the number of people you are inviting will overwhelm your space? Some homes just aren’t big enough to accommodate everyone in your family, but should this mean you don’t get to host?

If you think your house has the potential of being overrun during the holidays, try stretching out your party and staggering the guests. Have your immediate family over for donuts and coffee in the morning then invite neighbors to your home for an early afternoon happy hour.

Try to keep what you’re serving simple so that cleaning up and rebooting is possible in between guests.

People, people everywhere, but not a place to sit.

Maybe your problem isn’t space so much as seating. Sure you can rent chairs and tables, but that can get expensive and reduce your traffic areas to almost nothing. Instead consider an informal meal that doesn’t require seating.

You can serve soup, sandwiches or other “one plate, one utensil” dishes. Your guests won’t mind standing or sitting on a couch with a delicious meal. They might even enjoy the relaxed opportunity to mingle and eat whenever they choose.

The holidays don’t have to be about finding the perfect place to put everyone. Just create a space that allows for everyone to be social and comfortable and your holiday event will be a hit.

Organize Rescue quoted in “Clear and Create Space if You’re Hosting this Holiday.