It’s 45 days until Christmas.
I don’t want to freak anyone out. Really. I promise. But, well, if you’re not thinking about Christmas and you’re aspire to Martha-esque Christmas greatness, it’s time to start thinking, planning and doing.
Over the next seven weeks, I’m going to be suggesting tasks, cleaning and other projects to help you be ready for Christmas with the goal of ringing in the week of December 20th with nothing left to do but some cooking baking and reveling. Sound fun?
Week 7 To-Do List
1) Take down your Halloween decorations. As of publish time, mine were still half unpacked. Big Daddy took down our air blown giant cat over the weekend and it’s drying in the basement.
2) Have you decorated for fall? It’s not Christmas related, but why not put it out. Thanksgiving is still weeks away and you have plenty of time to enjoy them.
3) Do you have a list of whom you’re buying gifts for? Do you have budget ranges and gift ideas? If not, this is the time to try and assemble those things. There are some great deals to be had prior to Thanksgiving, but you have to know what you’re shopping for.
4)What Christmas decor are you missing? We needed to buy new lights for our big tree and Big Daddy and I did that over the weekend. We’ve started talking about and planning and measuring for our outdoor decor so we can purchase that as well. Being prepared means you don’t end up frustrated when you overbuy something expensive or under buy something you really need.
5) Start deep cleaning the house. I’m a messy girl too, but there is something wonderful about a house that is clean, decluttered and decorated for Christmas. This week, I’ll be deep cleaning my bathroom and bedroom. I’ll be purging old medications and toiletries. I’ll be asking Big Daddy to put our bed together (Yes, we’ve lived here for six months and no our bed is still not assembled). I’ll be purging drawers and closets. I’ll be dusting, vacuuming baseboard, pulling down cobwebs and cleaning windows. I might also splurge on a new pair of flannel sheets as our new house is quite a bit colder than our old one and we’re back to needing an extra layer.
Cleaning out actually serves two purposes: first, decluttering is great. Second, you might find things that need replaced that you can add to your Christmas list.
Why do the bedroom first? If you’re like me, the main areas of the house probably need to be decluttered more, but the bedroom will keep if you pick up after yourself. Also, don’t you deserve a clean bedroom? You probably do.