Passover and Easter, our favorite spring holidays, are right around the corner. For many, that means houseguests and cooking. Of course, a lot of cleaning has to happen beforehand. Getting yourself organized for the deluge of people can be as stressful as the event itself.
Organize busy spots
High traffic areas, like the entryway, bathrooms and the kitchen, could use a makeover. Start by removing anything that is not regularly used. Move things somewhere else if they are not used in spring. Mittens, scarves and heavy coats can be packed away until next fall. Cleaning, dusting and vacuuming are a part of it, but organizing these spots is much more important to keeping the area clutter free in the future. Everything you own needs to have a home.
The festive table
Go through tablecloths, cloth napkins, dishes, silverware, candlesticks and any table decorations that you will be using. Has any of it outlived its usefulness? If so, let it go. Donate or toss the items, depending on the condition.
Having overnight guests? Is your closet bursting at the seams? How are your sheets, pillowcases, blankets and towels looking? Anything stained, tattered or torn is no longer welcome. If you simply have too much, donate some of it. A grateful person will appreciate your linens and be happy to use them.
Check your refrigerator, cabinets and pantry for expired food. Remember, spices have expiration dates. Avoid serving your family and friends outdated food by making sure everything is still good.
Plan ahead and get a list together for what you are going to cook and when. Shop with your list and stick to it so you don’t buy too much. Create your menu and if you are lucky some of your guests will help with the cooking and bring food. Cooking and cleaning together can be a bonding experience for the whole family.
Start organizing one room at a time, one task at a time. Organize your home in smaller chunks and it will not seem like such a huge job. You will surely have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.