How To: Stock Your Home for the Chaotic Holidays

As much as we love having holiday parties and overnight guests, we've learned from experience to stock up on Advil beforehand. December is a chaotic month for many people, so we've compiled a list of basic supplies to get you ready you for the onslaught. We're not advocating a bunker mentality (no need to buy that 80-pack of toilet paper from Costco), but we do think it helps to be prepared...

  • Linens: If you've got guests coming, make sure you have enough sheets, blankets, towels, and table linens.
  • Cleaning Supplies: Any time you have a bunch of people over, spills are bound to happen and you're probably going to have loads of dirty dishes. Keep enough cleaning supplies on hand to combat the mess.
  • Advil, Alka Seltzer, Pepto Bismol: Whatever you use to alleviate the pain the holidays inflict on your poor body, make sure you have some on hand.
  • Toilet Paper: It's never a good thing to run out of toilet paper, but especially not when you have guests over.
  • Plain Dishes: If you're clumsy like us, then you'll need to stock your cupboard to make up for all the plates and glasses you broke while washing dishes over the last year.
  • Home Movies: Stock up on rentals, cue up your Netflix, or get the Pay-Per-View ready for those times when you and your family just need to zone out.
  • Music: Start working on your party playlists for the season.
  • Trash and Recycling Bags: Unfortunately, the holidays create a lot of waste, so make sure your recycling containers and trash bags are ready to go.
  • Extra Gifts: Keep a couple of extra small gifts in the closet in case you've forgotten someone.
  • Anything we've missed? Let us know your holiday supply list in the comments below.
  • Photo: Pantry from California Closets

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