Countdown to an Organized Christmas: To Do List ~ Housekeeping


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{If you’ve missed the previous posts in this series you can find them here.}

If you host a get together at your house for the holidays, chances are you can find at least one million and one things that you need to do before the event.  Unless you’re blessed with a maid.  And a butler.  And a personal assistant.  But I’m going to go ahead and assume you don’t have those things or you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog.

Over the next few days we’ll be talking about housekeeping and cleaning organization.  I hope some of these tools will help you on your journey to a more organized Christmas.  Unfortunately, I can’t help you with the actual cleaning.  You’re on your own there.  Unless you do have that maid…

So how do you keep it all organized?  And how do you find the time to do it all?

First I’ll talk about finding time to do it all.  Here’s the big secret:  Sometimes you don’t do it all.  If you’re obsessive about a perfectly immaculate house and the perfect meal and a Pinterest inspired party to go along with it… you may need to lower the bar just a tad.  If you thrive on that kind of thing, go for it.  But if it’s just causing you stress and worry and making you unbearable to live with — let. it. go.  You don’t have to do everything.  Your guests probably won’t notice if you scrubbed every inch of the bathroom with a toothbrush.  They probably won’t even care if there are paper napkins on the table.  You know why they’re there?  To visit, have fun, and enjoy your company.  So relax, and enjoy their company as well.

Now that I have that out of the way, another way to find the time to do everything is to plan ahead.

Write down every cleaning chore that needs (notice that I said needs) to be done and work on them a few minutes at a time in the days and weeks leading up to your shindig.  Write down every errand that you need to run and schedule those ahead of time.  For example, if the table linens need to be dry cleaned (or washed and ironed), schedule that several weeks before you need them.  Go ahead and get those things out of the way that can be done ahead of time.  Cook and bake ahead of time and freeze those items.

If you schedule your time wisely you can have a pretty awesome party without slaving for hours trying to get everything done.  It can be done a few minutes at a time.  Just make a list and stick to it!

So how do we keep all of these lists and schedules and calendars organized?  Your Christmas Control Journal should help you with that, but it’ll only help you if you put a bit of time into it.  Getting and staying organized does require time and regular maintenance.  (It’s kinda like losing weight; you have to do the work to see the results.)

Also, there is such a thing as over-organizing.  Lists, schedules and calendars are tools to help you.  They should not hold you back and make your life more stressful than it already is.  Sometimes it’s easy to plan so much that you never actually do anything.  So be careful not to fall into that trap.

Tomorrow we’ll talk about our holiday cleaning schedule (fun times!).  Hope to see you then!

And now, the homework:

Today’s Assignment:  Actually, there is nothing much to do today.  I’d rather you wait a few days until we go over this whole segment on housekeeping before you start writing things down and making lists.  So go ahead and print out the Housekeeping To Do List if you like, but wait before you start planning things, ok?

Today’s Printable:  CCJ housekeeping to dos.


4 responses »

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