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What's the best road to calm and joyous holidays? It's all about the plan!
Preparing for Christmas with the help of a step-by-step plan makes quick work of seasonal chores, and leaves plenty of time, energy--and money!--to celebrate the season.
Which plan is right for you? Check out these options to get ready for a stress-free Christmas:
Published on the Web since 1998, the Christmas Countdown is a classic Christmas-only holiday organizing plan. Over six weeks, the Countdown takes you from holiday zero to Christmas sixty, breaking down seasonal chores into easy-to-complete weekly assignments.
Written by home organization author, Cynthia Ewer , the Countdown is for those who want to prepare for the holidays without a lot of cleaning or organizing. It's a "just the holiday stuff" plan designed to let you cruise into December prepared and ready to celebrate!
Written by Katie Leckey (with lots of help from the 1993 Prodigy Homelife-Get O community), the Holiday Grand Plan incorporates holiday chores into an 18-week whole-house cleaning plan.
Beginning in late August, this plan is for those who hope to celebrate the season in a clean and organized home--and are willing to work hard to get there.
Weekly cleaning and organizing assignments move room by room through the house, while holiday preparations are spread out throughout the plan. If you don't mind beginning in August, and are willing to deep-clean and organize your way around the house, the Holiday Grand Plan is for you!
Want to combine holiday prep with a way to clean and organize your entire home in time for the holiday season? Written by Cynthia Ewer, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Organized, the House and Holidays Plan is a longer, more involved program, designed to help you clean house and get ready for the holidays.
Like the Holiday Grand Plan, the goal is an autumn whole-house cleaning project--but it's been designed with a bit of a twist. The HHP focuses on "areas", not rooms--making it easier to follow. Some weeks, like Bed and Bath week, the "area" may be spread across two or more rooms in the house--but the idea is that assignments are focused on a single function, rather than a specific room. By thinking about ALL bathrooms at the same time, you'll find it easier to deal with the chores on the list.
Second, the HHP groups holiday prep chores more efficiently. Linking each week's area focus with corresponding holiday prep chores--such as inventorying holiday table linens during Bed and Bath week--helps keep the plan focused and realistic.
Finally, the HHP schedules holiday prep assignments in a more realistic seasonal flow. There's ample wiggle room for back-to-school, Halloween or harvest celebrations, and Thanksgiving.
Choose the HHP if you're hoping to move from cluttered to calm on the home front. You'll improve household routines, cut clutter, and prepare for the season week-by-week.
Finally, the Rudolph Club offers a monthly option for those who want to prepare for the holiday season throughout the year. Organized by members of the Organized Christmas community, the Rudolph Club meets on the 25th of each month. By tackling one holiday chore per month, members spread the work--and expense--of the season over the year. Sharing makes it fun!
Browse the links below to find the holiday organizing plan that's right for you: