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Your clutter says a lot about what’s going on in your life, both externally and internally. While everyone’s situation is unique, I’ve found that most people with too much stuff fall into general categories: The Collector, The Inheritor, The Parent, The Shopper, The Scout, The Historian, or The Hostess.

The holidays are almost here, and our Hostess supplies will start moving out of closets, attics, and underbed storage. That means it’s a perfect time to look at what you’ve got and see if you can create unified decorating themes, better access to what you have, and more functional storage space.

Hostess clutter is the over-accumulation of items that are used to entertain guests, but these items don’t get used on a regular basis. This can include things like serving dishes, glassware, silverware, seasonal linens, and disposable tableware. Hostess clutter can also include things like decorations, games, and activities.

Hostess clutter can take up a lot of space in your home. And some types of It can be difficult to keep organized. If hostess clutter starts to stress you, you’ll ignore what’s stored and buy more – adding more stress when it’s time to store the new stuff.

Here are some tips for managing hostess clutter:

  • Only keep what you need: Get rid of any hostess items that you no longer use or need. This should include any items that are broken, damaged, or out of style.

  • Store your hostess items in a designated space: This could be a closet, pantry, or other storage area. Having a designated space for your hostess items will help you to keep them organized and easy to find.

  • Invest in storage solutions: There are a variety of storage solutions available that can help you organize and store your hostess items. I recommend uniform, clear plastic tubs with large labels.

  • Go through your hostess items seasonally and get rid of anything that you no longer want or need.

  • Utilize more seasonal theme décor instead of holiday specific décor. Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall general décor can then be augmented by a few key holiday pieces. This will help prevent your hostess clutter from building up over time.

Your gift of hospitality needs to shine, so update and manage your hostess supplies to make entertaining guests easier and more enjoyable.

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