[ ] Divide the Christmas Card List into 5 groups. Write and address one group
[ ] Make the holiday budget. Work together with your spouse to set a
comfortable level of holiday spending. Use the printable holiday budget form.
[ ] Print master shopping list to speed errand days.
[ ] Do your visual field a favor with a quick d�cor declutter. A clean sweep
now makes holiday decorations all the more impressive.
[ ] Set up a holiday housework plan. Print our chore checklist form. Post it
publicly and hold family members accountable for delegated tasks.
[ ] Make a family wardrobe check. Fill out the family wardrobe worksheet. Put
and "to Buy" items on your shopping list.
[ ] Perform a tabletop check. Inventory serving pieces, table linens, china and
flatware. Will you be ready to set a holiday table?
[ ] Establish good health habits to cushion your family from holiday stress.
Focus on regular bedtimes, proper diet, and mild exercise.
[ ] Schedule family haircuts, manicures, and groomings.
[ ] Develop ideas for gifts and decorations.
[ ] Order Christmas cards and address labels.
[ ] For friends of other religions take the time to find out what their major
holiday is, and look for an appropriate card to send to them at that time.
[ ] Divide gift responsibilities with other family members.
To Buy this Week
[ ] Begin Christmas gift shopping. Divide the master gift list into 5 sections.
Purchase gifts for one-fifth of the list entries. Wrap gifts as they are
purchased. Keep a running total of gift expenditures and enter on the holiday
[ ] Purchase any holiday clothing for family members.
Area to Organize - Living Room
[ ] Begin by washing the outside of the windows in this room. You will
appreciate being able to see outside when you sit down at the end of the week in
your beautiful, clean, and organized living room!
[ ] Take everything off walls, dust it, and set it aside. Dust or wash the wall,
vacuum or dry-clean draperies and blinds. Get your favorite cobweb killer and
sweep down ceilings, corners and tops of doorways.
[ ] Take cushions off furniture. Vacuum thoroughly, replace cushions, spot treat
any stains and shampoo if necessary.
[ ] Wooden furniture (and anything with drawers/shelves): Empty, sort and throw
away what you really don't need. Put the rest where it belongs. Dust/polish the
piece you've finished with and repeat with other pieces. Don't forget the
maintenance on piano.
[ ] Baseboards: depending on condition they're in, dust or wash them.
[ ] Coat closet: empty, sort clothes (by family member, season). Remove any
"off-season" items and decide whether to trash, donate, or store elsewhere.
Replace only those items which should be in your coat closet.
[ ] Clean the TV screen (if you have a set in this room). Don't neglect the
stereo items either. Re-organize tapes/records/videos as per your needs.
[ ] Clean/change the silk flower arrangements as per seasonal needs. Wash/trim
any live plants in this room.
Other items needing attention if your room has them:
[ ] Fireplace/mantel/chimney/glass doors
[ ] Lamps (does the shade need dusting or replacing?)
[ ] Electrical cords (check for frayed wires)
[ ] Mirrors (items framed w/glass) get out the Windex
[ ] Doorknobs/drawer-handles (are they clean?)
[ ] Now is a good time to measure furniture pieces and windows, to enter in your
planner or Household Notebook and keep on hand for shopping for necessary items.
[ ] Stacks (of anything!): Take time now to use the sorting method of
trash/donate/store elsewhere. Now put these new piles where they belong.
[ ] Vacuum the carpet and clean if necessary.
[ ] Hang the items back on walls, if you haven't already and take a good look
around. It should look pretty good by now. Take out camera and take pictures for
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