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28th-Nov-2009 07:54 am - HGP Week 13, Day 7
Christmas
Day 7
Holiday Prep

  • Put away any handmade gifts that aren't finished and buy gifts

  • Pick up anything you'll need to put up holiday decorations this week.

28th-Nov-2009 07:53 am - HGP Week 13, Day 6
Christmas
Day 6
Holiday Prep

  • Pack away Thanksgiving stuff and start to get out Christmas.

  • Make/set up Advent Calendar

  • Have kids test lights

25th-Nov-2009 07:18 am - HGP Week 13, Day 4
Christmas
Day 4
Dining Room tasks

  • Polish furniture

  • Clean baseboards, carpets, and floors


Holiday Prep

  • Get out all your dishes for Thanksgiving and begin making as much ahead of time as possible

24th-Nov-2009 07:09 am - HGP Week 13, Day 3
Christmas
Day 3
Dining Room tasks

  • Remove items from shelves, declutter, clean and replace

  • Remove items from drawers, declutter, clean and replace


Holiday Prep

  • Get out all your dishes for Thanksgiving and begin making as much ahead of time as possible

23rd-Nov-2009 09:15 am - HGP Week 13, Day 2
Christmas
Day 2
Dining Room tasks

  • Sweep ceilings for cobwebs and clean light fixtures

  • Remove everything from walls and windows

  • Launder window treatments

  • Clean windows, frames and sills, doors and doorframes, sweep walls and wipe any smudges

  • Clean art, photos, etc and replace; rehang window treatments


Holiday Prep

  • Get out all your dishes for Thanksgiving and begin making as much ahead of time as possible

  • Pick up a bag of salad to go with your freezer meal on Wednesday.

Christmas
Welcome to Week 13 of the HGP. This is Dining Room week.

This is Thanksgiving week for some of us, so some of these tasks are going to focus on celebrating that holiday. If Thanksgiving isn't taking up a lot of your time this week, you might have time to devote to catching up on previous areas of the house, doing some extra baking, or putting more work into homemade gifts or cards or something.

In the holiday prep for this week, the website gives a few suggestions for things to read and do that I'm not going to copy here. Follow the links above to check those out if you're interested.

The tasks for Deep Cleaning the Dining Room include:


  • Sweep ceilings for cobwebs and clean light fixtures

  • Remove everything from walls and windows

  • Launder window treatments

  • Clean windows, frames and sills, doors and doorframes, sweep walls and wipe any smudges

  • Clean art, photos, etc and replace; rehang window treatments

  • Remove items from shelves, declutter, clean and replace

  • Remove items from drawers, declutter, clean and replace

  • Polish furniture

  • Clean baseboards, carpets, and floors




Holiday Prep:

  • Make as much of Thanksgiving ahead of time as you can.

  • Make/set-up you Advent calendar

  • Test lights

  • Put away any handmade gifts that aren't finished and purchase gifts

  • Pick up anything you'll need to put up holiday decorations.


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20th-Nov-2009 08:39 am - HGP Week 12, Day 6
Christmas
Day 6
Storage Tasks
If you haven't done it as you've gone along, this is a day to organize what's left in your storage area.

  • Put like items together

  • Consolidate items

  • Designate a place for empty containers



Also, use today to clean up other parts of your attic or storage.

  • Sweep ceiling and walls for cobwebs.

  • Sweep floors.



Holiday Prep Tasks

  • Make one extra meal for the freezer and label Holiday Meal.

  • Work one hour on homemade gifts.

16th-Nov-2009 03:10 pm - HGP Week 12, Day 2
Christmas
Day 2
Storage Tasks
Make your plan of attack. Take a look at your storage area and decide what will be included in each of your three zones this week. Make notes about any storage items you plan to buy for this area.

Holiday Prep Tasks

  • Work on your shopping list. Add this week's canned food items to this week's list. Decide on cookie and freezer meal recipes for this week or next week (depending on where you shopping and cooking days fall in relation to my posts) and add ingredients you'll need to this week's (or next week's) list. Add the gifts you plan to buy this week to your list along with any wrapping or mailing supplies you'll need to pick up.

  • Work one hour on homemade gifts.

  • Make place cards

  • Make sure all your serving dishes are clean.

  • Make a 3x5 card for each serving dish, list what goes in it, garnish, how much before dinner it can go in and serving silverware used with it. Tape it to the edge of the dish.

  • Add additional serving dishes to your list if necessary

  • Check over linens to be sure they're clean, pressed, and haven't been hiding holes or spots. Add to your shopping list if they need to be replaced.

Christmas
Welcome to Week 12 of the HGP. This is Attic/Storage week.

This week we are going to be working on the attic or whatever storage area you have in which you store things that you rarely need to get to. Remember that there's nothing wrong with storing things just because they have sentimental value, but set a personal limit on how much you hold onto. If you tend to hold onto a lot of things you don't need, this may be something you do over time, letting go of more stuff each time you visit this area. Just do what you can and what you want to do for now.

If you tend to use your storage as a catch-all area where you stow things you need to get rid of until you can figure out how to get rid of them, try to work on that this week. If you're planning to list things on eBay, Freecycle, Craigslist, etc., make a goal to list a certain number of items this week as you work through. If you're planning to yard-sale, organize and price items as you sort them, put a date and a rain date on your calendar, and make a deal with yourself to actually get rid of that stuff on that date. Either you sell it or it just goes away.

We're going to work on this area in the same way we did the temporary storage area:

  • Divide your work into 3 zones

  • Empty out each zone

  • Clean it

  • Sort it

  • Put it away




Holiday Prep:

  • Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.

  • Make one extra meal for the freezer and label Holiday Meal.

  • Buy 2 canned food items from your list (4 if you're donating to a food drive)

  • Buy 1/8 of your holiday gifts. Note the return policy before buying and save your receipts.

  • Wrap and label your packages. If you'll need to ship items, get shipping boxes now. (Remember that USPS can deliver some mailing supplies to you for free. Check their website.

  • Work at least one hour per day on your homemade gifts.

  • Make place cards

  • Make sure all your serving dishes are clean.

  • Make a 3x5 card for each serving dish, list what goes in it, garnish, how much before dinner it can go in and serving silverware used with it. Tape it to the edge of the dish.

  • Work on centerpiece

  • Buy any additional serving dishes needed

  • Check over linens to be sure they're clean, pressed, and haven't been hiding holes or spots.



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14th-Nov-2009 11:34 am - HGP Week 11, Day 7
Christmas
Day 7
Storage Tasks
Catch up day.

Holiday Prep Tasks
Shopping and Errand Day

  • Before you leave, load up the car with everything you've pulled so far to be donated, recycled, etc.

  • Deliver all your boxes of used items to the appropriate places.

  • Buy 2 canned food items from your list (4 if you're donating to a food drive) and store in designated boxes

  • Buy 1/8 of your holiday gifts. Note the return policy before buying and save your receipts. Get shipping boxes.

  • Wrap and label your packages. Store in your designated area with the shipping supplies.

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