It's Week 10 of the Holiday Grand Plan!
I know, I know, I totally blew this off last week. It's a trade off. I have been substitute teaching a lot lately, and it's derailed my grand planning. The upside is that it's helping pay for Christmas. So, there's that.
The last two weeks I have barely crossed anything off my list. I'm not stressed, though, because I know that whatever I get done is a bonus. Whatever I don't get done is just the same as it would have been if I had never started. Whatever.
Back on the horse, and trying desperately to get ready for Thanksgiving company, we're on to week 10, which is a deep clean of the family room. This room stays fairly picked up because it is in the center of the house and is used so frequently. The carpet does need a shampoo where some little girl, who shall remain nameless, spilled red juice that she wasn't supposed to have out of the kitchen. Why we had red juice in the house at all is a whole different mystery. I know, it says not to shampoo carpets this week, but really? A red juice stain? I gotta do it.
Of course we're still freezing dinners and buying gifts and working on our homemade gifts. Yada yada yada. Speaking of which, I started a forum topic on SeamedUP about how many people really try to get homemade gifts done for the holidays. I do not have a good track record in this area.
This is also the week when we are going to polish the silver and clean the glass. I used to roll my eyes at this one. One year, when some miracle happened and I got a lot of stuff crossed off these lists, I did it. Can I just tell you how festive and sparkly it makes your house look when these things are shiny? Even if you just do the stuff people will see, it makes the holidays feel a little more magical. If you have time, do it. It feels great. If you don't, don't worry. Only your mother-in-law will notice. And if she's like mine, she won't even mention it. Mine is awesome like that.
Go through the coat closet and donate any coats you no longer wear to a coat drive or local charity. It's getting cold and someone can use them. Not to mention, you could use an empty hanger and a spot for your guests' coats.
Last, put away the Halloween specific decorations sometime after Monday and bring out anything that screams Thanksgiving. We're rolling, rolling, rolling towards Turkey Day, full speed ahead. Don't let it run you over!
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