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Organizing for Success: Managing Home Systems Amidst School and the Holiday Season


Photo courtesy of Jarek Ceborski via Unsplash


With the school bells ringing and the scent of pumpkin spice in the air, it's evident that school and the holiday season are upon us. As our schedules fill up with homework, extracurricular activities, and preparations for the festive season, maintaining effective home systems is crucial. Let's explore some practical tips to help you keep your home organized and efficient during this busy time of year.


1. Declutter Your Spaces Regularly

Decluttering regularly helps fight against clutter that can quickly build up. With holidays approaching and school and sports underway, it is easy for new items to come into the home without an equal amount being discarded. Be sure to make a habit of decluttering your spaces, and donate or dispose of items you no longer need or use.


2. Create a Centralized Command Center

Establish a centralized command center or family bulletin board in a high-traffic area of your home. This designated space can host important schedules, to-do lists, and reminders for everyone in the family. (Bonus points if you use color-coded notes to differentiate between school, holiday, and life-related events!)


3. Rotate Seasonal Decor

Instead of cluttering your home with the same decor year-round, consider implementing a rotation system. Store decorations in labeled bins and switch them out as each holiday approaches. This keeps your home clutter-free and makes decorating for each holiday much more manageable.


4. Audit for Effectiveness

Part of the reason systems fail is that they are not best suited for you and your family. Do a quick audit of your systems and see if they are the most effective solution for what you need. If they aren't, make any necessary adjustments like adding storage solutions or moving the systems to different areas of your home.


5. Get External Support

Whether it's a cleaning company or a local organizing company (😉), ask the outside experts to help you with your decluttering needs. This time of year is busy already - outsourcing can help lighten your to-do list and stress load!



As the school year resumes and the holidays draw near, maintaining effective home systems is essential for a harmonious and stress-free life. Decluttering, establishing a central command center, rotating seasonal decor, auditing for effectiveness, and getting external support are all strategies that can help you keep your home organized and efficient.


At Step by Steppe Solutions, we understand the importance of an organized living space, especially during the busy seasons. Our professional organizers are here to help you streamline your home systems, maximize your space, and create a calm environment where you and your family can thrive. Contact us today to turn your chaos into calm and live well with less.

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