10 tips to organize holiday chaos

How quickly the holiday season has crept upon us, and for the majority who can’t wait to say BYE FELICIA to 2020-cheers to the season of organized chaos! So how can we manage to stay organized during the holiday season?


When helping my clients get organized, I always suggest not sorting through your holiday décor until the holiday arrives. I feel like we are in a different mindset during holiday time versus looking at Christmas décor in the summer. Keep your decorations sparse as simple decorations are always very elegant.

Sorting through the décor can be done prior to the decorating or during the “take down” phase.

  • Sort through all the décor and save only what you love and has special meaning to you.
  • You may not want to use certain items for decorating right now, but you still want to save them. 
  • Keep them a separate box within a larger box with all your Christmas Items.
  • Maybe you have certain ornaments for your children? Consider making a box for each child so they can take them with them when they have a family of their own.
  • Donate or give away those items that take up space and you just don’t love. Remember “Aunt Mabel” will never question where her pink snowman is when she comes over. She will be having so much fun with all of you that it will be the last thing she will be thinking about.

Lists Are a Must

Gift giving is still a very popular tradition.  Most of us have an overabundance of “stuff”. Shopping, wrapping, and giving increases the stress of the season.

  • Consider a family “grab bag,” so everyone gets what they are hoping for or can use.
  • Have everyone chip in and give something to a family in need.
  • Consider a special event as a family so you can save a special memory in all of your hearts.

Plan Your Food

Whether you are feeding a group or a few hungry friends, plan ahead for what you will make. Are there any dietary restrictions? Can you make anything ahead of time such as cookies or casseroles? 

Create a shopping list and check it twice to avoid forgetting something at the grocery store. Delegate tasks to relieve some of your stress. If guests want to “bring something” let them!  It will lighten your load.

Out of Town Guests

  • Plan sleeping arrangements for all guests, so everyone knows where their individual parking spot is.
  • Be sure to have clean towels and sheets on hand for each guest.
  • A small basket of toiletries “just in case they forgot something” is a plus.

Deck the halls….FA LA LA LA LA

When all else fails, put on some Christmas music and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and think about everything you have to be thankful for…


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Holly Lake
Professional Organizer , Holly On The Spot
Holly Lake founder of Holly on the Spot specializes in assisting clients with organizing their homes and offices in a very large or small way. Closets, pantry’s and basements are only part of her specialty. When planning for a move Holly and her team can assist with packing or unpacking and helping clients make the most of their space in their new or existing home. She will even assist in selling items that no longer work for you or your current space or lifestyle. Holly on the Spot allows their clients to stay focused on careers and families, while keeping them organized and assisting with daily tasks. She helps her clients stay organized which helps reduce stress in life. Personal errand services are also available. Holly takes pride in building a personal and professional relationship with her clients. The nature of the work is often very personal, so Holly’s professional and focused approach is important to her discerning clientele. She has become a trusted friend to many of her clients. She takes great pride in offering a personalized service. Holly Lake founder of Holly on the Spot is passionate about helping others. She spent the first 22 years of her career at the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. She is also a licensed cosmetologist, specializing in fashion consulting, hair and nails. Holly helps her clients remove clutter and organize their life. Holly and her team are truly a full-service company, no job is too big or small.
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