27 Nov Get organized for the holidays: Countdown to Christmas
Hopefully you read my last post about avoiding holiday stress when you’re trying to get organized for the holidays.
For those of you who celebrate Hanukkah, keep in mind that it’s early this year – starting December 8th!
I’ll mention some general holiday organizing tips and folks can feel free to add on in the comments section:
Is the HVAC in good working order?
Are the appliances in good working order?
Is the plumbing in good working order?
Is the entry in good repair?
Create your lists:
Card recipient list
Task list posted for everyone to see/help
Cooking time list (what goes in/out of oven and stove)
(If you don’t want to create your own lists, visit List Plan It to make life easier.)
Holiday Traditions Prep (great to finish before concentrating on the house stuff):
Week 8: Begin gift purchases (if not done throughout the year)
Week 6: Order greeting cards
Week 5: Fill out 1/3 greeting cards
Week 4: Haul out decorations; Decorate 1/3; Fill out 1/3 greeting cards
Week 3: Finish gift purchases; Decorate 1/3; Finish greeting cards
Week 2: Finish decorating; Wrap and mail gifts and cards
Week 4: Entry and guest bathroom
Week 3: Sitting Area
Week 2: Dining area, shop for non-perishables
Week 1: Kitchen
48 hours before: shop for fresh ingredients
24 hours before: quick pick up and begin food prep
We’re now four weeks away from Christmas. If you haven’t started on some of the above items, don’t worry. There’s still time to complete them, but be sure you start now, instead of waiting until just the week before. Or, just don’t do as much this year. It’s not worth the stress.
Happy Holiday Organizing!