Sunday, August 31, 2008

Holiday Grand Plan starts today

I've been following Organized Christmas Holiday Grand plan for awhile now. It really helps make the Christmas season less crazy. It officially started today, August 31st. I thought I'd try & post my progress. We will see how it goes, since I'm terrible with sticking to a blog schedule.

This week is List Week ~

Grand Plan Week 1 Tasks

[X ] Spend 15 minutes each day this week to get organized for Christmas.

[X ]Set up your holiday organizer in a notebook or 3-ring binder. If you're
using a clear pocket binder, print the cover and spine pages. Add blank lined
pages from OrganizedChristmas.com.

[ ] Make or designate a holiday calendar. For your holiday organizer notebook,
print the Countdown plan calendar. For more flexible calendar forms, add
monthly planning calendars from OrganizedChristmas.com.

[ ] Begin at the beginning; review your family's holiday values. Print and
record your findings on the holiday values page.

[ ] Gift buying looms! Start a master gift list. Print the master gift list
form and use it to record purchases and homemade gift items.

[ ] Complete the holiday home spruce-up exercise and schedule improvement
projects. Print the home spruce-up worksheet.

[ ] Begin a Christmas Card list. Locate addresses; consider making a
computerized version for maximum time saving.

[No ] If you will be traveling, make plans and reservations this week. Hosting
houseguests? Make any arrangements for overnight guests.

[ ] Arrange for family photo sessions for holiday giving or photo Christmas
cards.

[ ] Schedule carpet cleaning now! Call now for your choice of appointment
times.

[ ] Make the following lists:

[ ] Gifts to be given, amount to spend

[ ] Christmas Card list. Decide how many cards are needed

[ ] Visits to make

[ ] Parties/Entertaining

[ ] Menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, other parties

[ ] Goodies for sharing/gifts. Decide how much needs to be made and divide it
between the weeks from now through Dec 1.

[ ] Favorite meals of family members for freezing ahead.

[ ] Long term shopping list, divided into: canned foods, perishables for each
holiday, linens and dishes, decorations, etc.

[ ] Get freezer containers for goodies - at least 12 are needed.

[ ] Get freezer containers for Holiday meals - at least 12 are needed.

[ ] Make jam, salsa, pickles, etc for use as last minute gifts.


To Buy This Week:

[ ] Christmas cards or supplies for Christmas letters

[ ] Postage Stamps


Area to Organize - Front Porch
[ ] The front porch is an important asset to your home. First impressions are
important. If the entrance to your home is a mess, then it doesn't matter how
organized the inside is, you're still perceived as a "messy". Assemble your
supplies, broom, window cleaner, screwdrivers, paper for lists, trash can.


[ ] Start at the front door. Is there a dead rug for wiping feet? Is it savable?
Toss it into the driveway for hosing down, into the trash, or into the laundry
basket.


[ ] Remove everything from the porch that you can. Trash bags, recyclables,
kids' toys, those boxes that go to Goodwill. Set things in the grass if you have
to but get them off the porch.


[ ] Is there a swing? Look at it closely. Are the hinges catching on clothes? Is
it a disaster waiting to collapse? A quick turn of the screwdriver can fix that.
How about the cushions? If cleanable, put them with the rug for hosing down. If
trash, then trash them. Write down "get new cushions" on your list.


[ ] Take the screens off the windows. Put them with the rug & cushions for
hosing. Using the broom, sweep every windowsill & doorframe. Sweep down the
outside walls. Look up high-are there cobwebs in the corners? Sweep 'em down!


[ ] After doing the walls & frames, then you can sweep off the porch itself.
Don't forget the steps. Open the front door and sweep off the sill too. Do you
need to change the light bulb? Put new bug lights on your list.


[ ] Wash the outside of the windows. While they're drying, get out the hose &
spray off the rug, screens & swing cushions. Put the screens back on the
windows.


[ ] Now step back and admire what you've done so far. Look at the mess in the
yard that came off the porch. Does any of it belong back on there? Do you have
to keep the weekly trash there or can you hide it somewhere else? Toys in the
back yard? Perhaps a big bucket for front yard toys? Only you know what can stay
there.


[ ] Do the hedges in front of the porch need trimming? Either put that on your
list for the next nice Saturday or get out your clippers & trim them up now.


[ ] Does the front door need painting? How about its screen? New hardware can
make a big difference. What about the mailbox? Does the doorbell work?


[ ] Write down any fixes and set a specific time to do them. And then do them
when the time comes! As long as you've done this much, go ahead and look at the
sidewalks & driveway. Too much junk? Remove it to the backyard. Sometimes it's
easier to hose down the driveway than to sweep it.


[ ] Now go out to the street and really look at what you've accomplished.
Aren't you proud to live there now? You should be! Head inside for a
well-deserved rest. Don't forget to take that list you made & transfer it to
either SHE cards or your planner!

You can join the Yahoo Group here, I read it on digest because it is a very active group. Couple other fun Christmas blogs that I enjoy are ~

Get Ready for Christmas ~ This blog is brand new, already some great ideas. I am looking forward to seeing what they come up with!

Handmade Holidays ~ This blogs first message was in June with the first challenge starting in July. Backtrack to the beginning, it is easy to catch up!

Handmade Holidays Through the Year

Do you have a blog or website that helps you get through the crazy holiday season? Please share it with me!

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1 comment:

Misty said...

thanks for posting this, Ginny! Honestly!!! i am getting there and this will be so helpful!

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