Public Space Week
Halloween is here ... and November lies ahead! Along with the trick-or-treaters comes a new pace to the season. Thanksgiving is on the horizon, so it's time to turn our attention to the public space in our home: the living room or great room.
In holiday prep, we'll enjoy the Halloween celebrations. We'll complete Christmas cards and buy holiday stamps, and start saving mailing boxes so that we can recycle them to send gifts. After Halloween, we'll pare down the candy stash, putting items aside for holiday treats, baking or decor items.
This Week's Focus:
Living Room or Public Space
Reading Assignments from Houseworks:
- Surfaces and Systems: Maintain Walls, Floors, Furniture and Fixtures - pages 157-171
The living room is the home's fancy handkerchief. Learn to care for specialty surfaces, furniture and floors.
Inspiration from the Web:
- Holiday Gift Dilemma: Understand the Unwritten Rules of Gift-Giving
- Repurpose, Recycle and Reduce the Trick-or-Treat Haul
This Week's Houseworks Checklist
- Declutter, clean and organize the living room or public space. With the holidays hard upon us, your household's living room or public space will be on display. Prepare for family events and drop-in visitors! Remove all clutter from the living room using the STOP clutter method, then deep-clean the room. Move furniture pieces and vacuum beneath them, polish fine woods, and clean or vacuum draperies, window coverings or blinds.
- Pare down living room decor. Once the living room is clean and free from clutter, take a minimalist's eye to the room 's decorations. Will your holiday decor shine, or will it compete with current decor items? Clear tabletops, shelves and corners for the holiday decorations to come.
This Week's Holiday Prep Checklist
- Status Check! Review the progress of the Houseworks Holiday Plan on the first day of the month. If you're falling behind, adjust goals to a more realistic level.
- Decorate for Thanksgiving. Remove Halloween decorations and replace them with Thanksgiving-themed items.
- Buy holiday stamps. Seasonal stamp designs will be available soon, so buy holiday stamps early for best selection. Ordering online from USPS.Com is easy and convenient, with delivery right to your mailbox!
- Begin saving packaging materials. Recycling makes sense ... and cents. As catalog orders arrive, begin to stockpile mailing boxes and packaging material for re-use in December. Store them close to your wrap and mail center to speed holiday mailing chores.
- Prepare to mail Christmas cards or letters. Christmas cards should be nearly finished and ready for mailing. ; Stamp envelopes and set them aside until it's time to mail them next month. Tip: leaving envelopes unsealed makes it easy to add a newsy post-script if the spirit moves.
- Recycle trick-or-treat candy for holiday baking or decor items.