[ ] Write and address 1/5 of the Christmas card list this week.
[ ] Finish all catalog shopping. Print catalog tracker page to keep track of
catalog purchases. Use a 3-hole punch to add a large manila envelope to the
Holiday Organizer. Place all receipts in the envelope to track purchases,
provide for returns.
[ ] Review and renegotiate adult gift giving. Can you simplify your family's
unwritten rules? Could your family dispense with adult gifts in favor of gifts
to charity or family service project?
[ ] Finish making all gift lists.
[ ] List all gifts to make, use printable form. Jot down needed materials and
add them to the master-shopping list.
[ ] Begin working on "to make" gifts this week. You must make one-fourth of
your gifts each week.
[ ] Plan Thanksgiving dinner using the holiday menu planner. Order turkey.
[ ] Set up a wrap and mail center. You'll speed gift-wrapping and parcel
mailing with supplies all in one place.
[ ] Schedule family service projects, or sign up for church charity efforts.
[ ] Reserve baby-sitters for December's nights out.
[ ] Make one batch of Holiday goodies.
[ ] Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.
[ ] Buy 2 canned food items from Menus (get 2 of each item, use one, and donate
one) Keep 2 boxes in a pantry area to put these in so that they are not used in
everyday cooking - make sure to label them!
[ ] Buy all supplies for homemade gifts package each project with directions and
other information in ziploc bag and place in a basket or box in sewing area.
[ ] Buy film, camera batteries, blank videotapes etc. Hide them; write yourself
To Buy This Week:
[ ] Continue Christmas gift shopping. Divide the master list into five
sections. Purchase gifts for one-fifth of the list entries. Wrap gifts as they
are purchased. Keep a running total of gift expenditures.
[ ] Buy materials and supplies for all "to make" gifts.
Area to Organize - Entry/Foyer
[ ] Use the basic remove/clean/replace policy for those items which are
[ ] Consider how the area looks when a visitor enters your home. Again if it
doesn't belong there, remove it! If you have a chair or rack that welcomes
clutter, consider moving it until everyone breaks the habit of just dropping
everything off in the foyer.
[ ] The next time you enter the front door after being away a few hours, look
around and sniff around just like you were in a strange house. Our homes can
develop "houseatosis". There are a great many air freshener products and
potpourri assortments on the market today, use one if you need it!!
[ ] Don't forget to clean out the umbrella stand, if you have one. If you don't,
do you need one?
[ ] Do you have a rug or maybe carpeting in this area? Do a thorough job of
vacuuming it. You'll be pleased.
[ ] Do you have a window in your front door, or "side lights" which could use
bit of glass cleaner? Don't forget to thoroughly dust/wash front door itself,
and also the baseboards in the area.
[ ] Plan a place for everything which needs to be kept near the front door. and
keep it there! Everything else goes!
[ ]Now, do you need to go back and spend time on last week's project? If not,
could you choose another declutter project that would enhance the beauty of your
home? Choose something close to the entry or living room to help give that
feeling of flow between organized rooms. Like smiles and yawns, organization is
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