It's here - the holiday season and Christmas is right around the corner. Regardless of how much celebrating you do this month, it's still easy to get off balance pretty early on. Try to take a minute or two today to look around your house for potential 'designated spots'. These are places that can temporarily hold items until you have enough time to deal with them. Designated spots can also keep your house from looking like a tornado blew through during a time when you want everything to be festive.
I keep wrapping paper and all accompanying items in a long, flat plastic container under my bed. Everything is sort of jumbled up in there but when I need to wrap a gift (all year 'round), I know where to go. Important school papers go on a silver clip on the fridge and the checks for the music teachers go there too - I never have to hunt for them. Bills go in a brightly colored pocket folder - not in date order, not in alphabetical order - they just go in the folder. When it comes time to pay the bills, viola! There they are. Coats, backpacks and shoes go in the hall closet - I don't even care if the coats are hung up - just that they are in some way, shape or form in that closet. Sports, dance and lunch bags go on this amazing hook that goes on the back of my laundry room door - it's wide enough to hold about six bags!
So look around your house for 'designated spots' so you can have some semblance of order in your life - and free up some time so you can joyfully await the many minute miracles of Christmas.