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Organizing Helps Host Overnight Guests

NJ Expert Organizer, Marilyn Shain Labendz eliminates holiday stress

So this is your year to host the out of town family?

Feeling joyous but overwhelmed? Fortunate but in a spin?

Where will I put all their "stuff?" How can we avoid tripping over one another? I have such a hard time with disarray and cramped spaces.

Don't panic! Keep these helpful thoughts in mind:

The most important thing is to keep reminding yourself that it's temporary and RELAX! Enjoy the guests...the mess will leave with them in a few days.

  • Take a look in your own closet, or master bathroom closet if you have one.

  • ​See if you can clear up some room, even if it means "Squooshing" your towels together, etc, so that a shelf or two in another closet can be used for the guests.

  • You just may find that you like the new space you just created, and will reorganize your MB closet better.

  • If your bathroom does not have a cabinet around the sink, (as in our apartment), go buy an inexpensive piece of shelving and keep it alongside the tub or toilet).

  • When your guests need to use the bathroom for putting on make-up, or shaving, Voila! Take the shelf, put it across the sink...instant vanity.

  • Start emptying out the refrigerator and freezer now to accommodate the holiday foods, both what you make and what people bring.

  • ​Use glass dishes with plastic lids that stack easily. You can cook easily in them, freeze in them and stack them.

  • Make sure you have lots of plastic containers of varying size to send leftovers home with your guests.


Contact me and I can help everything be A-OK!

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