The holidays can be both the most wonderful and stressful time of year, but some of that stress can be removed with proper organization and a little thinking ahead. Holly Trepka is the owner of Nashville’s ever-growing organizational brand, NEAT Method Nashville. NEAT Method is a lifestyle service committed to providing a more luxurious and smartly appointed living space with locations all across the country— she even helped us with our office! Lucky for us, Holly has provided the EDIT with a few tips for making the best of the holidays this year.


  1. Set up a designated wrapping station.
  • We prefer our clients to store their holiday wrapping supplies with their holiday decorations.  There’s no need to store holiday wrapping all year when you only need it for one month.
  • Set up a temporary wrapping station in a guest room or small space by organizing your supplies on a rolling cart or under bed storage.


  1. Store for the holidays like a pro.
  • Be consistent with the type and size of storage containers so they can stack easily or fit on the same shelving.
  • Be specific on labeling the boxes.  You can take pictures of the tree before disassembling to know exactly what it should look like the next year.
  • Store like with like. Fragile ornaments should be stored together and the bin labeled “FRAGILE.” When similar decorations are stored together, there is less chance of breakage.
  • For delicate ornaments, consider using smaller storage containers so they are easier to carry and less likely to be dropped.
  • Hire a professional organizer to disassemble your holiday decorations and properly store them for you!


  1. Tidy up your kitchen essentials.
  • If you do a lot of baking or cooking over the holidays, now is a great time to check expiration dates on spices and baking essentials. You can transfer them to matching containers or jars for a custom touch.
  • We suggest storing holiday china and serving pieces up high or under island cabinets to maximize your kitchen storage for your everyday pieces.

  1. Keep a list of who you need to shop for on your phone to prevent overbuying or forgetting someone special.
  • Consider digital gift cards this year for teachers
  • Don’t forget to check your hiding spots for those Amazon Prime deals you stocked up on
  • Shipping times may be delayed this year due to Co-vid, so shop early


  1. Clean out your kids’ toys now, before more come in.
  • Get your children involved in the editing process.  Let them decide what can be donated and what they have outgrown.
  • Categorize what is left, and use labeled bins to keep them organized.
  • Monthly gift subscriptions can be a great option to spreading out gifts throughout the year