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10 Week Holiday Planning- Week 6

What To Do In the Weeks Before the Holidays So You'll Be Ready

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Week 6 Focus:

Bedrooms For week 6 we're focusing on our own family bedrooms as our main cleaning and organizing focus for the week. Let's face it, we often leave our bedrooms for last. They hold all the stuff we don't want everyone to see. They can easily become glorified storage areas if we're not careful. Learn about cleaning and organizing our bedrooms as we anticipate a wonderful holiday season.

 

Week 6 Tasks:

Cleaning:
Maintain cleanliness with a 15 Minute Cleanup for each room in your home.
Do intense cleaning in your bedrooms and kid bedrooms with an intense bedroom cleanup.  Because this week will be busy with Thanksgiving celebrations, don't be afraid to enlist the help of your family to get the bedrooms in your home clean and ready for the holiday season. Don't buy into the most common chore excuses.  This can be a family affair.

Organizing:
Pay special attention to organizing your bedrooms to get ready for the holiday season. If you haven't done so already, get rid of the clutter. We often declutter the rooms that guests will use or see without thinking about ourselves. We deserve a clean and decluttered bedroom.

Decorating:
By the end of this week, when Thanksgiving is over, we'll be able to put away any fall decorations and begin our Christmas decorating.

Cooking:
At the end of this week, take a moment to jot down observations about the Thanksgiving celebration this year. What worked well? What didn't? Include the wrap-up of your holiday in your holiday organizing notebook so you'll be better prepared for next year.

Scheduling:
Take a moment to update or create a master family calendar. Add in all dates from school, work, church, sports, and activity calendars. Make sure to keep a copy posted in your home and a copy with you at all times. December dates fill up quickly and you don't want to double book your family.

Buying:
Go over your budget before spending money. Update the budget as needed.
Add to a list of presents that need to be purchased. Try to purchase at least 1/7 of the gifts on your list this week. Make sure you keep track of your purchases and receipts in your holiday organizing notebook.
To make it easier on you, set up a gift wrap station in your home. If you have the space you can make it a whole section of a room. If space is more limited, consider a portable wrapping storage container that can be brought out when needed.
Aim to have 4/5 of your handmade gifts finished by the end of the week.
Add to a list of decorating supplies that need to be purchased. Buy any items you can find off of your list at the sales.
Begin to make lists of "homemade gifts" that will be needed and gather supplies.
Include all of your lists in your holiday organizing notebook so that you can add to them or modify them as needed.
Finish filling out the last 1/3 of your holiday cards.

Week 6 Resources:

15 Minute Kids Room Cleanup
15 Minute Bedroom Cleanup
Intense Bedroom Cleanup
All 15 Minute Cleanups
Holiday Planning Notebook

Preview: Week 7 Focus:Closets and Storage

10 Week Plan
Week 1-Planning and Organizing
Week 2-Living Areas
Week 3-Kitchen and Pantries
Week 4-Dining Areas
Week 5-Bathrooms and Guest Rooms

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