>> Sunday, August 29, 2010
It's that time of year again! I can't believe it - feels like summer just started, yet here it is time to start getting organized for the holidays already. Last year I again did the Holiday Grand Plan from Organized Home. It went pretty well. Little E was still quite young and there were some other things that did come up, that ended up making it a bit more challenging. This year I am working full time so it's going to be interesting to see how I manage. I really hope I can find a happy medium of getting things to a point that I am satisfied with and being okay with not having things perfect.
So this is week one of the Holiday Grand Plan and here's what I am going to attempt to accomplish.
Grand Plan Week 1 Tasks
- Spend 15 minutes each day this week to get organized for Christmas.
- 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.
- 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 HolidayOrganizer.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.
- 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
- 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.
To Buy This Week:
- Christmas cards or supplies for Christmas letters
- Postage Stamps
- Freezer containers for goodies – at least 12 are needed.
- Freezer containers for Holiday meals – at least 12 are needed.
Area to Organize
Front Porch, Patio & Dining Room
Do you use the Holiday Grand Plan? If not, what plan do you use to get ready for the holidays?