Sunday, September 21, 2008

Holiday Grand Plan Week 4

Wow week 4 already. You can join the yahoo group here.

Feels funny getting ready for Christmas, Halloween is my favorite time of year. I'm hoping to get my Halloween totes out of the attic today. Organized Christmas, also has Halloween ideas in case you aren't ready for Christmas just yet ~

Grand Plan Week 4 Tasks

[ ] Write and address one-fifth of Christmas Card list this week.

[ ] Complete one-fourth of gifts to make this week.

[ ] Fill out holiday menu planner form for each remaining holiday meal that you
will serve in your home. Check serving pieces, and write the contents on a
Post-It note. Make it easy for others to help.

[ ] Inventory the freezer, and record contents on the freezer inventory form.
Plan to eat from the freezer this week and next week, making room for holiday
meals and holiday goodies. Use food budget savings to stock up on holiday

[ ] Start planning holiday baking with the baking planner form, and be alert
for supermarket specials. Try to buy nonperishable holiday foods these week and
next week for all upcoming holiday meals.

[ ] Do a mini-freezer cooking session to put 5-10 pre-made entrees into the
freezer. Use these meals on busy December evenings.

[ ] Prepare for drop-in visitors. Collect hospitality supplies: cheeses,
crackers, frozen desserts. Hide from hungry family members using creative

[ ] Simplify baking chores: organize a Cookie Swap. Invite 6 to 12 guests to
bring as many dozen cookies as there are guests. Swap so that each guest leaves
with a lavish assortment of holiday goodies.

[ ] Make one batch of holiday goodies.

[ ] Make one extra meal for freezer, again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.

[ ] Buy 2 canned food items from Menus (one for use, and one for donation)

[ ] Buy 1/8 of TO BUY gifts. Save all receipts, noting return policy before
buying. Ask for gift boxes. Wrap and label packages. If needing to ship, get
some shipping boxes now and store packages in them.

[ ] Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts

[ ] Make list of any table and bathroom linens that need replacing before the
holidays. Pick up a few each week.

To Buy This Week:

[ ] Purchase one-fifth of all Christmas gifts. Wrap gifts as they are
purchased. Keep a running total of gift expenditures and enter on the holiday
budget form.

[ ] Trim the food budget to stock up on sale-priced holiday foods. Make a
Thanksgiving Friday grocery-shopping trip for best savings.

Area to Organize - Master Bedroom & Master Bedroom Closets
[ ] First, let's do what we did in the living room. All draperies or curtains
taken down and washed or dry cleaned (or at least vacuumed). Do the same with
your bedspread. While windows are bare, clean blinds and glass.

[ ] Clear off those stacks and piles on and around your dresser/chest of
drawers. Now, dump each drawer, one at a time, or all at the same time into a
central location. Vacuum the drawers if necessary.

[ ] Go through and sort items. Decide what you want to have in the dresser
drawers and put only those items back. Use the 4 box method to sort the
remaining items. If you haven't worn an item in a year, ask yourself if you will
wear it within the next year. If no then get rid of it! (Garage sale, donate to
the needy or someone you know will wear it, or THROW IT OUT!)

[ ] Do similar with items other than clothing that you find along the way. How
about those worn undergarments?? Get rid of them and treat yourself to new! You
may want to invest in, or make dividers for some of these types of articles.

[ ] How about the jewelry box? Time to go through & inventory. Might want to
give some that you don't wear to your kids to play, and leave room for your
better items.

[ ] Have you checked under the bed yet? Better do so! There could be shoes,
books, and other items that have long since been forgotten. You might want to
consider getting storage containers for use under there for your off-season

[ ] Now you're ready for the closet! Use the same technique as for drawers.
Take everything out of the closet and pile in a central location. Decide what
you what to store where in the closet! Then use the 4 box method as you consider
each thing you removed from the closet before you put items into the closet!

[ ] For shoes, try on all pairs if you can't wear them now, chances are you
never will. Get rid of them! And if you never really felt comfortable in a
certain pair, find a friend who would. Come on now, do you really need to keep
the old maternity clothes?? Would anyone else want them? If so, give them away,
if not throw them away! Okay now, get ready to fill the closet with things you
need and love.

[ ] Have you changed the linens on the bed? Turn the mattress first, so you
won't "wear" a valley in it! Throw the pillows into the dryer to fluff, and pull
out all the dust they collect also.

[ ] Time to dust and clean off all the furniture with your favorite product.
Don't forget the TV screen & any mirrors you may have. Everyone has different
things in their bedrooms which are individual to your household. Take a good
look around and see if there is anything that we left out.

[ ] Vacuum the floor of the room and the closet!

[ ] List time: do you need new hangers? Have you replaced winter clothes for
summer clothes? Have you found that necklace that fell behind the dresser last
year? Did you check the ceiling fan, light fixtures & air vents? Do you need a
new mattress pad? Mattress cover?

[ ] We should be finished! What an adventure!

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