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5 Tips on Organizing a Room for the Holidays

Whether you are expecting friends from out of town or just want to rearrange the furniture for your holiday bash, the following are some tips you may want to keep in mind.

1. Don't move anything without a plan.

You don't want to find out that after you moved the large furniture around, you can't seem to fit the small table and the chair that always sat in the corner of the room. Take measurements when necessary and if you must, try sketching your plan on a notepad.

2. Avoid asking anyone's opinion or assistance until you know what you are doing.

One of the biggest frustrations for anyone is to be asked to assist a relative or friend with a project only to find out that the organizer doesn't have a clue what he or she is doing.

3. Check your bank account.

You may find there are some things you may need for your home such as: a bookshelf, small table, area rug, or something larger like an entertainment center. If so, you don't want to find out at the last minute that you can't afford to get any of these things. Add your desired piece of furniture to your list. Also, consider buying used rather than new if money is going to be a problem. Check auction sites, discount stores, and even consider posting an ad in a newspaper or post a flier in a public place stating what you are seeking and what you are willing to pay.

4. Talk to guests prior to the event to find out what they will be bringing and how long exactly they will be staying.

Sometimes you may find your guest will either be bringing more or less than what you originally thought. He or she may not be traveling with the partner and children. If so, you don't want to rearrange everything only to find that your time could have been better used elsewhere like planning a great meal.

Lastly, after you have created a plan, got an idea of what you will need, secured a helping hand, and most of all know how much you intend to spend, look for items within your home you simply don't use and donate them to charities in your local area.

Nicholl McGuire

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