Planning ahead is the key to an organized and less stressful Christmas.
Okay, are you thinking about Christmas yet? Well, if you aren't you should be. This year I have devised a plan to make this the simplest most organized Christmas ever.
We will break down the plan into two sections: Preparing your home and of course preparing for Christmas.
First in the series let's look at your home. You are entertaining and having family come to stay. You need your entire house ready for company. Do you want to be killing yourself with all the housework and sprucing up just at the time you need to shop, bake and wrap all those gifts?
I will share my plan for my home and you can adapt it to yours. I have roughly 12 rooms or spaces in my home and five months until Christmas so I will take two to three spaces per month to spruce up.
Here are my areas for the month of August:
- Entry Way
- Front/Piano Room
- Dining Room
These rooms are all joined so they make sense to do at one time. Look at each room. What needs painting? Do any areas need deep cleaning that you didn't get to in spring? We all have these right?
Last week I tackled the entry way. The walls needed painting. They take a lot of traffic as this is our main entry to the house. I took everything off the walls, patched and painted in one day. Oh boy, paint makes a difference.
This is the before shot. We even moved the clock out of here.
Because we took a trip over the weekend I have to finish up in here in the next couple of days to stay on track. I also took a braided rug outside to clean and hung to dry.
The trim in here is next. I am just going to wipe down, sand lightly and touch up chips in the paint.
The easiest way to clean after you are done is from the top down.
Wipe down any cobwebs and dust up high over doors and furniture
Clean light fixtures
Wipe down walls and hand prints
Touch up paint on walls or repaint as needed
Clean windows and glass
Wipe down and dust molding and trim including baseboards
Clean rugs and floors
Next we will start our gift buying for the month of August so stay tuned.
Break your rooms down to five areas and start with one room this week. August is almost half over so don't delay.