Christmas Countdown Day 11: Holiday Housework Plan!

Keep Up With Housework At Christmas

Where did the holiday stocking pinch your household last year?

Chances are, a large percentage of seasonal stress arose out of disrupted household routines. Think back to the times that household routines fell apart on you. What was the state of your house?

Frantic clean-up sessions before guests arrive. Late afternoon trips to the supermarket to find something, anything to cook for dinner--and fast! The desperate search for clean sheets to bed down surprise houseguests. Six dozen cookies stalled for want of a stick of butter.

Fight back! The busy Christmas season is no time to play housework catch-up. Keeping on top of household routines--shopping, cleaning, meal preparation--provides a welcome ballast to the seasonal swing.

Time to draft a Holiday Housework Plan: a bare-minimum checklist of household chores, posted publicly to encourage family cooperation.

To Do Today

Set up a holiday housework plan

Housework, alas, is with us always--even during the hectic days of the holiday season. How best to keep life flowing in your organized home?

Today's reading assignment shows how to set up a checklist of rock-bottom, must-do household chores: a Housework Holiday Plan. Done routinely, they'll keep household chaos at bay.

And you won't work alone: just as Santa relies on his Elves to get the job done, the Housework Holiday Plan recruits family members to help keep household routines running smoothly, even during the holiday season.

Post it in a public place to encourage Santa's Elves--or more likely, fellow family members--to pitch in to keep the household running in busy times.

To Read Today

Keep home life running smoothly, even during the holiday season

Create a Holiday Housework Plan

Unrealistic expectations when it comes to the holidays? Get armed with a good dose of reality therapy as we examine the "right" way to celebrate Christmas :

One Right Way to Celebrate? Wrong!

Today's Recipe

chocolate coffee spoons recipeLooking for a quick, easy gift idea? Delight your favorite lover of coffee or cocoa with inexpensive, easy-to-make Chocolate Coffee Spoons.

Disposable spoons dipped in chocolate, Chocolate Coffee Spoons make everyday coffee or cocoa an indulgent holiday treat. Garnish them with seasonal flavors and colors--like crushed candy canes!--for a standout handmade gift.

Best of all, Chocolate Coffee Spoons can be made in multiples for efficient holiday giving.

Bundle chocolate coffee spoons and a packet of Snowman Soup into a pretty mug, and use as a stocking stuffer, teacher gift or Secret Santa present. With several seasonal variations on the basic recipe, you'll create a unique and welcome gift:

To Print Today

Holiday Chore Checklist

Holiday Chore Checklist

Holiday Plans: