|C'mon Santa, don't look so surprised!|
Each year, I began focusing on the holidays the first 2 weeks of November. I find it hard to jump into decorating, baking and shopping if there are a bunch of incomplete tasks distracting me. I start by making 2 lists. The first is for non-perishable items I need to buy/stock and the second is for seasonal chores to complete. This year I actually feel a bit behind since retail has decided Christmas should arrive before Halloween this year. Did you notice too? Crazy!
|Make your bar beautiful for the holiday season!!!|
hostess gifts(not wine or flowers!)
| Truffles, a holiday favorite!|
|Plenty of delicious crackers for your cheese selections.|
|Mixed olives are perfect for easy entertaining.|
Break it down into categories so you don't feel overwhelmed. Commit to tacking at least 2 items from each group to complete each week. Hire out what you can and solicit family members to help out. Motivating tip: tell your family you will not be able to shop for gifts or mail lists to Santa until the chores are complete! This has been a great motivator at the A&A house for years.
wipe out silverware trays
wipe out fridge & freezer
clean out & organize pantry
check spices, toss any over a year old
|Polish silver while listening to Christmas music.|
launder & press table linens
|Launder & press table linens.|
sweep & tidy entryway
gather towels, sheets and soaps
|Seasonal soaps are a nice gesture.|
|Be prepared for overnight guests with beautiful sheets.|
deep clean every room of the house before Thanksgiving
send rugs out for cleaning or clean under them and rotate
clean out gutters
change batteries in all detectors
|The dirtiest job!|
Not only will you feel relieved by completing these items before the holidays get in full swing, you feel so much more prepared and ready to bake, shop for presents, and just enjoy the season!
What's on your list?
Images via Martha Sterwart for Ashley Hicks, Godiva, Williams-Sonoma, Ralph Lauren, Caswell- Massey, Google