Once Halloween is over, the rest of the holiday season rushes in like a flood. Before you know it, the tidal wave of gift giving, parties and events will have swept us off our feet and it will suddenly be Easter. In the spirit of the series we're doing on preparing your space for the holidays, here are 5 more things to put on your list so you're not left washed up when the tide goes out.
1. Wrapping Station: Everyone has a wrapping station like Martha Stewart does, right? If not, just ensure that you have an inventory of the things required to wrap gifts. Check out this post on 9 ways to green your gift wrapping.
2. Guest Bedrooms: Many of us have family and friends staying with us through the Holiday season. Now is a good time to give those spare bedrooms a once over. Add a new eco candle or freshen up the room by adding a few springs of rosemary between the sheets.
3. Bathrooms: You know what you don't want to do during the holiday rush? Scrub a bathroom from top to bottom. Go ahead and give it a deep cleaning so daily surface cleaning will be enough to keep things in tip-top shape through the next few months. Make sure to take stock of towels, soaps and other assorted items that might need to be purchased for a luxurious, sustainable bathroom when guests are coming to stay.
4. Pantry: Pantries are never more full than at the holidays. A lot of people shop weeks in advance or spend weekends canning, pickling, and freezing their non-perishable staples, so making sure they have a place to call home is important! If you'll be picking up bulk dry goods, consider using 5 gallon food safe buckets to hold them in (even if you end up using the bucket in the garage after the season is over). It makes everything easy to get to and will hold large amounts of basic staples, keeping them all at your fingertips.
5. Closets: They're an easy place to stash a gift or two, but making sure everyone has their gloves, hats and coats in order will prevent sneaky family members from accidentally discovering your presents! Plus, no one wants to be digging for the one stray mitten before dashing out to make snow angels or to make their way via sleigh to Grandmother's house.
What do you find is the most important area to get organized before the flood of holiday social events and gatherings begins? Share your thoughts below!