Where to begin?
I plan to tackle it like I suggested how to accomplish the holiday baking----a little bit at a time, not all in one day. While it seems like a great idea to take down and store all of your Christmas decorations, plus clean the entire house, plus reorganize your kitchen.....all in one day....I know that I would lose my steam about lunchtime, and the rest of the day would be miserable. So I am making a list for the upcoming week (and the weeks after that as well), of what I plan to accomplish each day. This way takes longer, but it really is more manageable, and the work is more likely to actually get done. We have one more week off from school and outside activities, so I plan to take advantage of this time. I originally planned for us to not begin school again until January 11th, but since we have decided to take the school day completely off when Jimmy is off from work (about 3 days a month), I moved our "back to school" start date to January 4th.
1. Make a master list of every single thing you need to do. Be very specific. Carry this list around the house with you as you complete your daily tasks, because you will find things to add to the list,
2. Look at your calendar for this week. After considering your daily housekeeping tasks for each day and any further travel or party plans you may have for New Year's Eve/Day, begin assigning a reasonable portion of your to-do list for each day.
3. Make sure you schedule in time to spend with your children doing something other than clean/organize. Involve them in this cleaning project, but also set aside time to play a game with them, push them on the swing, read to them, etc. For small children, make sure you spend 10 minutes of each hour doing something with them. This really prevents discipline problems.
I will try to share my To-Do list each morning (or late the night before) to give you some sort of idea of what we all need to be doing!
1. pay bills
2. make menu and grocery list
3. buy groceries
4. buy albums for Christmas cards (more on my new idea later)
5. buy storage containers from Walmart
6. straighten Leah's room
7. straighten Julie's room
8. Update Christmas card addresses (more on this later too)
9. Pack up Christmas decorations that are sitting around on bookshelves and tabletops
10. Complete my normal housekeeping chores which include 2 loads of laundry, and cleaning the boys' bathroom
Have a productive day!