While nothing can guarantee a completely smooth holiday, making space for your nearest and dearest -- and their bulky outerwear, plus the loads of food they'll consume -- will set your mind at ease. These tips for keeping your entryway, kitchen, and dining room organized and uncluttered can let you focus on the task at hand: enjoying one another's company.
Before guests arrive, empty your front closet and outfit it with smart storage so it's ready for every coat and scarf that comes its way.
No entryway closet? Or is yours just too small or too full? While the go-to solution for guests' coats is simply to toss them all onto a bed, consider a stand-alone rack. It's a more civilized fix, promising fewer wrinkles and less wandering into private territory.
If you're expecting an especially big crowd, pick the commercial grade dual garment rack (bedbathandbeyond.com). It offers 13 feet of hanging space, and folds down when not in use.
No one wants to play a compulsory game of musical chairs because of lack of seating. These convenient models will have guests sitting pretty during the get-together, and their minimal postparty profiles make them easy to store.
The upholstered cherry lattice folding chair (homedecorators.com) looks like a permanent part of your dining set but can be easily stowed.
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