Boerne Business Monthly November 2012 : Page 24

organize | I by esmi Gonzalez so that you’ll remember who the gift was purchased for. • STORING AREAS FOR HOLIDAY FOOD, DRINKS & DESSERTS : Designate an area in your kitchen pantry, cabinets and refrigerator where these items will be stored so that family members know not to dig into them before the holiday event. Place large notes in these areas with “Do Not Eat – Party Food” so your family will know they are not to be consumed. • First, declutter your home so that your holiday decorations will be easily seen and admired. • Schedule a time with your family as a group to set up the tree and decorations. Order pizza and have holiday music in the background. This will help get everyone in the mood to decorate. • Assign each member a room or area to decorate, this cuts down the hours of decorating and it will not seem like a chore. • Keep the decorating simple and clean, make two or three areas a focal point, plus there will be less to put away at the end of the season. know, just reading the title to this article may bring about a little holiday stress, but no worries, this article will help ease that stress and make the holidays truly enjoyable. This is a timeline and checklist to ease into the planning and decorating, so let’s get started! budget. Your list should include the person’s name and alongside it a couple of gift ideas and the stores you can find these gifts. TIP: Add this list to the “Memo Pad” in your Smartphone, that way you always have your “list” with you should you find yourself at the mall. Next, buy a couple of extra gifts for unexpected family and friends who may drop by during the holidays. Baked goods are always a big hit. GIFT LIST: Make your list and set your budget. Do your best to stick to this DECORATING YOUR HOME: HOLIDAY CARDS: Purchase cards or have some specially made with a photo from a family vacation or outing earlier in the year. Local company, Moon Mippy, can help you with all of your holiday card needs. Go to lovemoonmippy.com to learn more. TIP: If your card list is a bit large, then address 10 cards every few days so that it does not become a chore or tedious. Another idea may be have each family member address cards and split up the list. It is more personal to hand address the cards. HOLIDAY GATHERINGS/PARTIES: Plan and set the date for your holiday gathering in advance. Prepare your guest list, menu and decorating ideas. Write up the grocery list and set a date to go shopping a few days out before your event. Book any help several weeks out such as wait staff, musician or bartender. TIP: Since it is the holidays and parties are popular this time a year, send invitations out 3 weeks in advance to have a successful turnout. Emailed invitations are a time saver, there are many to choose from online. You can even create the invitation at your leisure and schedule it in advance to go out on a certain date. HOLIDAY HOME ZONES: Create several areas in your home for certain tasks. You’ll know where to find everything you need for that certain task and you won’t waste time and energy looking for things. • GIFT WRAPPING ZONE: Choose an area where to wrap gifts. Have paper, ribbon, bows, gift tags, scissors and tape ready for use when you are. • STORING GIFTS: Choose a closet, room or cabinets where you will store gifts as you purchase them, make sure and place a post-it-note with the recipient’s name MAKE YOUR HOME HOLIDAY READY: • SCHEDULE A CLEANING DAY WITH YOUR HOUSEKEEPER OR YOUR FAMILY. Do not leave this until last minute or hours before guests start arriving. If using a cleaning service, schedule several weeks in advance since this is a busy time of year. • GUEST ROOM(S) – Prepare rooms with fresh linens, blankets, towels and fresh flowers. Clear out some space in the closet and/or drawers for your guests’ clothing. Investing in a luggage rack is always a nice touch. Also make sure to remove any personal or private items from the room you don’t want guests to see. • CHILD-PROOF – if there are small children make sure to remove any glass items, anything in lower cabinets or tables and make sure to cover electrical outlets. • GATHERING AREAS – stage areas like the kitchen, family room, living rooms, maybe even the pool area with holiday décor. Place candy 24 Boerne Business Monthly november 2012 n

Organize

Esmi Gonzales

Holiday Planning

Iknow, just reading the title to this article may bring about a little holiday stress, but no worries, this article will help ease that stress and make the holidays truly enjoyable. This is a timeline and checklist to ease into the planning and decorating, so let’s get started!

GIFT LIST:

Make your list and set your budget. Do your best to stick to this budget. Your list should include the person’s name and alongside it a couple of gift ideas and the stores you can find these gifts.

TIP:

Add this list to the “Memo Pad” in your Smartphone, that way you always have your “list” with you should you find yourself at the mall. Next, buy a couple of extra gifts for unexpected family and friends who may drop by during the holidays.Baked goods are always a big hit.

HOLIDAY CARDS:

Purchase cards or have some specially made with a photo from a family vacation or outing earlier in the year. Local company, Moon Mippy, can help you with all of your holiday card needs. Go to lovemoonmippy.com to learn more.

TIP:

If your card list is a bit large, then address 10 cards every few days so that it does not become a chore or tedious. Another idea may be have each family member address cards and split up the list. It is more personal to hand address the cards.

HOLIDAY GATHERINGS/PARTIES:

Plan and set the date for your holiday gathering in advance.Prepare your guest list, menu and decorating ideas. Write up the grocery list and set a date to go shopping a few days out before your event. Book any help several weeks out such as wait staff, musician or bartender.

TIP:

Since it is the holidays and parties are popular this time a year, send invitations out 3 weeks in advance to have a successful turnout. Emailed invitations are a time saver, there are many to choose from online. You can even create the invitation at your leisure and schedule it in advance to go out on a certain date.

HOLIDAY HOME ZONES:

Create several areas in your home for certain tasks. You’ll know where to find everything you need for that certain task and you won’t waste time and energy looking for things.

• GIFT WRAPPING ZONE:

Choose an area where to wrap gifts.Have paper, ribbon, bows, gift tags, scissors and tape ready for use when you are.

• STORING GIFTS:

Choose a closet, room or cabinets where you will store gifts as you purchase them, make sure and place a postit- note with the recipient’s name So that you’ll remember who the gift was purchased for.

• STORING AREAS FOR HOLIDAY FOOD, DRINKS & DESSERTS:

Designate an area in your kitchen pantry, cabinets and refrigerator where these items will be stored so that family members know not to dig into them before the holiday event. Place large notes in these areas with “Do Not Eat – Party Food” so your family will know they are not to be consumed.

DECORATING YOUR HOME:

• First, declutter your home so that your holiday decorations will be easily seen and admired.

• Schedule a time with your family as a group to set up the tree and decorations. Order pizza and have holiday music in the background. This will help get everyone in the mood to decorate.

• Assign each member a room or area to decorate, this cuts down the hours of decorating and it will not seem like a chore.

• Keep the decorating simple and clean, make two or three areas a focal point, plus there will be less to put away at the end of the season.

MAKE YOUR HOME HOLIDAY READY:

• SCHEDULE A CLEANING DAY WITH YOUR HOUSEKEEPER OR YOUR FAMILY.

Do not leave this until last minute or hours before guests start arriving. If using a cleaning service, schedule several weeks in advance since this is a busy time of year.

• GUEST ROOM(S) – Prepare rooms with fresh linens, blankets, towels and fresh flowers.

Clear out some space in the closet and/or drawers for your guests’ clothing. Investing in a luggage rack is always a nice touch. Also make sure to remove any personal or private items from the room you don’t want guests to see.

• CHILD-PROOF – if there are small children make sure to remove any glass items, anything in lower cabinets or tables and make sure to cover electrical outlets.

• GATHERING AREAS – stage areas like the kitchen, family room, living rooms, maybe even the pool area with holiday décor. Place candy Dishes, napkins and mints in these areas.

Planning ahead several weeks takes a lot of the stress out of the holidays.Just doing one or two tasks a week helps you get to your goals with a clear vision. Don’t hesitate asking your family for help with errands or chores, the holidays are family time why not start early.

Happy Holidays!

Esmi Gonzalez Professional Organizer, Certified AIOP / Principal Sort It Out, LLC(210) 818-8250 | SORTITOUTSA.COM

I enjoy helping people and seeing the end result, an organized space and a happily satisfied less stressed client! I am the principal of Sort It Out, Professional Organizing Solutions. Some of our services include organizing any room in the home, downsizing, merging of two households, preparing a home for the real estate market and so much more. Serving San Antonio, Boerne and New Braunfels. Organization is a big part of life editing and I’d like help you sort it out!

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