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Holiday Grand Plan, Anyone?

post #1 of 149
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This has become one of my favorite parts of fall! I'm determined to take advantage of the second trimester energy this year and finish the whole 18 week plan . Anyone want to join me? Start date is 8-31, so you have a couple of weeks!
post #2 of 149
oh i LOVE that website! i've never actually done the 'grand plan' though....maybe i should try it this year!
post #3 of 149
I actually do most of this every year...I skip a few weeks because it doesn't pertain to our festivities, but it is awesome!
post #4 of 149
I'm in!!! Perfect that the front porch is the first week, I need to scrape and paint the pillar!
post #5 of 149
oh, I'm gonna do this Exactly what I need...a program to tell me what to do!!!:
Printing out pages NOW!

~very excited~

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opps guess you're not supossed to print things out ahead of time? Oh well. I just got a jump on week ONE! LOL
post #6 of 149
Im in! I need to do some deep cleaning since I haven't since spring.
post #7 of 149
I'm in for sure! I love getting all the present shopping finished early, so this will help me be more organized, and get the cleaning done, too.

Plus, we're having a baby at the beginning of this December, so we will have guests... and hopefully everything won't be a total disaster, with a little planning
post #8 of 149
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opps guess you're not supossed to print things out ahead of time? Oh well. I just got a jump on week ONE! LOL
Is this why I can't get the pages to print? I tried the other day to go ahead and start the notebook and the pages weren't giving me the option to print. I thought it was an issue with my copy of Adobe, though?
post #9 of 149
I've done the Christmas Countdown before. What is the difference between the HGP and the Houseworks Holiday Plan, though? I'm confused.
post #10 of 149
subbing to this- I want to try this this year. if we get our basement reno completed early enough in the fall, I will finally be able to get this house in order. Christmas is a great deadline.
post #11 of 149
Wow What a great site! I usually use the Flylady Holiday countdown, but I might try this one this year. Sign me up!
post #12 of 149
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We'll start with our whole-house holiday prep in a week! Is everyone ready?!!? I can't WAIT, personally.

(I'm really hoping, though, that I can take advantage of some second trimester energy because I just don't see how I think I can do this all as things stand right now...11w pregnant!)
post #13 of 149
I'm in!! I've been working through the decluttering and having a plan will help me to really focus on a space and get it DONE!
post #14 of 149
Wow! I am really impressed by how thorough the room cleaning assignments and descriptions appear to be. We really need to do some deep cleaning and we very much need someone to give us directions.

Dh and I sat down yesterday and wrote out, week-by-week, all the extra chores we have that are personal to our own home situation. For instance, we have some light fixtures to install and a few rooms to paint. We also have a few major projects (recarpet entire 2nd floor) that we are also going to try and tackle in weeks where we don't have a room (ex. no dining room here; the garage will be too cold to do in November and not necessary) and when we'll skip here holiday prep (ex. our tiny freezer won't hold those extra meals).

The timing will be perfect with the 2nd tri nesting/energy burst and, fingers crossed, we will stick it out to the end. We have some almost overwhelmingly long lists the first 5-6 weeks and then it tapers off a lot.

If nothing else, just reading the plan motivated us to go through the Master Bedroom and shift a lot of clothing that has been sitting around for practically the entire summer. I can see my carpet again! :
post #15 of 149
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Wow! I am really impressed by how thorough the room cleaning assignments and descriptions appear to be. We really need to do some deep cleaning and we very much need someone to give us directions.
I really enjoyed this the last time I did it. I had a trip in the middle, so I missed a lot of the house, but what I would do is make a list for every room and work my way through during the week as time and finances would allow. If all of the stuff didn't get done, well...it didn't. At the end of the plan, my house was so clean and decluttered...even with my 4 week break in the middle. I also made a TON of cookie dough to freeze and bake for later so my Christmas gift boxes were really stress-free to assemble.

So our official start day is SUNDAY! I'm so excited. I can't wait to print out all of the calendars and start working on my lists!!
post #16 of 149
I did this a few years ago and it was great! I have a brand new babe though (as in, less than a week) and two whirlwind girls now so this may be more of a challenge than I can handle, but I'd like to try. I didn't nest much pre-birth and now I have a total craving for some serious cleaning/organization.
post #17 of 149
I'm in. I've done it since 1998 in some form or another. I am sort of doing my own weeks this year, because I am due Nov 3, so I have baby prep added in there as well as planning to take some babymoon time off. I also don't need to spend much time on the printing/evaluation/list stuff as I have pretty well covered it having done it so many times. I started last week doing paperwork/get in the mail/office gotta dos and next week is going to be getting our camper reno finished and the camper ready for a long LAbor day weekend. But after that, I will be working on focus rooms a la HGP, I just may not do them in the HGP order in order to get done hat needs doing before the baby gets here. I think I am going to incorpaorate some of the Holiday Houseworks Plan stuff. I am using the to do list pages from that plan since I am customizing my plan to myself this year. I really like how they are two columns with one for the house prep stuff and one for the holiday prep. If anyone has any questions about HGP as we go, I'd be happy to answer questions.
post #18 of 149
I'm in. I've done the FlyLady holiday prep before and really liked it. This sounds like a fun alternative.
post #19 of 149
I really really need to do this!! We have so much coming up in the next two months: 3 birthdays (DH's, mine, DD2s), vacation, anniversary, Thanksgiving and a few other small things. I feel so overwhelmed because I tend to do a deep clean right before Christmas and I don't know how Im going to do it. Maybe this will help. Ill have to alter it a little since we will be gone for two of those weeks (we are going to Tokyo for our first ever family vacation!!).
post #20 of 149
I'm in! I would like to have a much more relaxed and organized holiday for sure. It would be so nice to have a time table to get the house in order.
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