I’m ready to move on to Week 9: Public Space Week
as I am keeping up with the schedule at Organized Christmas.Com
If you are just joining me and would like to see what we worked on in Weeks 1-8,
click the Houseworks Holiday Plan link in the Categories box on the right side of the page.
Here’s what I plan to work on this week:
Declutter, clean and organize the living room or public space.
With the holidays hard upon us, your household’s living room or public space will be on display.
Prepare for family events and drop-in visitors!
Remove all clutter from the living room using the STOP clutter method, then deep-clean the room.
Move furniture pieces and vacuum beneath them, polish fine woods, and clean or vacuum draperies, window coverings or blinds.
Once the living room is clean and free from clutter, take a minimalist’s eye to the room ‘s decorations.
Will your holiday decor shine, or will it compete with current decor items?
Clear tabletops, shelves and corners for the holiday decorations to come.
This Week’s Holiday Prep Checklist:
Buy holiday stamps. Seasonal stamp designs are available now, buy holiday stamps early for best selection. Order online fromUSPS.Com to avoid standing in line.
Begin saving packaging materials. Recycling makes sense … and cents. As catalog orders arrive, begin to stockpile mailing boxes and packaging material for re-use in December. Store them close to your wrap and mail center to speed holiday mailing chores.
Celebrate Halloween. Ready to join the neighborhood fun? Use our free printables to start a Halloween BOO tradition in your neighborhood. Spread the BOO joy!
Status Check! Review the progress of the Houseworks Holiday Plan on the first day of the month. If you’re falling behind, adjust goals to a more realistic level.
Decorate for Thanksgiving. Remove Halloween decorations and replace them with Thanksgiving-themed items.
Complete Christmas cards or letters. Christmas cards should be finished and ready for mailing. ; Stamp envelopes and set them aside until it’s time to mail them next month. Tip: leaving envelopes unsealed makes it easy to add a newsy post-script if the spirit moves.
Seasonal safety check. Observe Time Change Sunday with a seasonal safety checklist: change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and flashlights. Don’t forget the first aid kit; will you need to replenish any supplies?