By Melissa Wynn

[media-credit name=”” align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit]The holidays mean great times with friends and family, lots of company and all kinds of new toys, trinkets and clothes to put away once the gifts have been unwrapped. Are you ready for all that? I’m not either, so now it’s time to clear the clutter.

Sometime between Halloween and Thanksgiving I like to rearrange my living room to get rid of the old and make room for the new. This is also the time we decide where the fresh cut Christmas tree will stand and where the wreaths and our hand sewn stockings will hang. My last chore in the living room is to put fresh bedding on the sofa sleeper for this years mystery guest. Welcome to our holiday home.

The next area on my holiday clean up list is the bedrooms.  I start with the closets, donate the old coats to my local coat drive, then decide which bathrobe to retire. It will soon be replaced by the new one that I’ll get from Grandma. Remember to leave the empty hangers and some space on one end in the guest room for incoming loved ones. Wrapping it up, I sort through the dresser drawers, bags in hand for the things that will be going to my local thrift store. Consolidating things in the guest room dressers again leaves storage space for my company. Fresh bedding and some yummy flannel sheets and the bedrooms are good to go.

Its that time of year again. This time I’m going to be ready so I too can relax and enjoy the festivities.