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I've never even heard of this but it sounds fun and, with the kids back in school, I sure could use something to fill my time.

I'm off to read the website and figure it all out. Any tips and pointers would be appreciated!

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Living Room.... uggg

Front porch week was easy for me since we don't have much to do out there, and DS loves playing outside while I work on stuff.

Now, my work hours just got increased, and I have 50 billion things to do in the living room. Gah! Plus, I need to bottle kombucha which will take a whole evening. I am definitely a person who feels like if I wrote it on my list I HAVE to get it done, or I have failed.

Does anyone else have an overwhelming living room? We don't have much clutter, but a LOT of deep cleaning that needs to be done. Like the baseboards, the windows inside and out, the walls, the couches need to be cleaned..... plus with the holiday weekend nothing got done then.

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Does anyone else have an overwhelming living room? We don't have much clutter, but a LOT of deep cleaning that needs to be done. Like the baseboards, the windows inside and out, the walls, the couches need to be cleaned..... plus with the holiday weekend nothing got done then.
Ours is the opposite. We moved in a few months ago so it's not too terribly dirty...but it's SO CLUTTERED!

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ARGH! I really thought this was entry/foyer week, which was going to be easy peasy. Now I find out it's living room week. ACCCK!

My living room is overwhelming. I could have written your description of it, SuzyLee. Our furniture is leather and one cushion is in need of repair. DH and I have decided that we'll probably duct tape the hole shut and make slipcovers for the cushion part of the love seat, which will be so much better than the gaping hole, but requires me to buy fabric and sew. The walls need to be painted, the carpet needs to be steamed, the ceiling fan globe was broken by a little child who stood on the coffee table and unscrewed it, so I need to find a replacement. A dog decided to eat one of the legs to an end table, and DH has a milk crate of paperwork in there that I swear has been in there for at least 6 months, just moved around to different places. And on top of that, this is a short week because nothing got done over the holiday.

Maybe I'll just make my living room list and continue thinking it's entry/foyer week and I've got it covered? The wise thing to do, though, is probably to go ahead and start on the living room and let it carry over into entry/foyer week because the entry/foyer is really really simple. I guess I'll go start decluttering the two major clutter holders in my house, BOTH of which happen to be in the living room!

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Oh, no. I thought we were on the entry way this week. That was much more manageable. Shoot. Our living room will take some work, I think.
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ARGH! I really thought this was entry/foyer week, which was going to be easy peasy. Now I find out it's living room week. ACCCK!

My living room is overwhelming. I could have written your description of it, SuzyLee. Our furniture is leather and one cushion is in need of repair. DH and I have decided that we'll probably duct tape the hole shut and make slipcovers for the cushion part of the love seat, which will be so much better than the gaping hole, but requires me to buy fabric and sew. The walls need to be painted, the carpet needs to be steamed, the ceiling fan globe was broken by a little child who stood on the coffee table and unscrewed it, so I need to find a replacement. A dog decided to eat one of the legs to an end table, and DH has a milk crate of paperwork in there that I swear has been in there for at least 6 months, just moved around to different places. And on top of that, this is a short week because nothing got done over the holiday.

Maybe I'll just make my living room list and continue thinking it's entry/foyer week and I've got it covered? The wise thing to do, though, is probably to go ahead and start on the living room and let it carry over into entry/foyer week because the entry/foyer is really really simple. I guess I'll go start decluttering the two major clutter holders in my house, BOTH of which happen to be in the living room!
I am glad I am not alone!

We are going to wait to steam clean until my parents can loan us theirs, but that really needs to get done too.

And I have compeltely blocked the sewing that needs to get done from my head. Ack! I need to finish a quilted wall hanging since we have liike nothing hanging on the walls of our house and we have lived here for 5 YEARS.

I think I will try to get half of it done this week and add the other half onto entryway week since we have basically no entryway. I had been planning to use entryway week to work on storage areas since I need extra time for that.

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You all rock!!!! I havent started this week yet. Tomorrow is my day.
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I am procrastinating. My office desk is in my living room and it is a DISASTER! I've done everything but that. It's going to take hours and I need space and solitude to do it. I have none of those things right now.

Looking forward to foyer week as I don't have one of those! LOL!

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ack! how did i miss week 1 already??? i thought i was on top of things. guess not.

this week will be a combo of entry/foyer and living room as we are repainting both rooms while dh is off work on vacation. i will also take an afternoon and get outside to work on the front porch area as well. hopefully then i'll be all caught up and can continue on schedule!

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I do think it's funny that DH cleaned the living room yesterday (well, we kind of just spread the clutter out) right on schedule.

he is asking that I point out that he did vacuum and actually did most of the work. :P The baby was fussy!

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Our fireplace is busted too. It hasn't worked properly in the five+ years we've lived here. Every year the power goes out and every year I think, "We should have had this repaired before we needed it!" Maybe this will be the year. It's a gas insert and needs re-sealing--or else we all die! :
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I liked the questions for this week:
  • Develop ideas for gifts, decorations. Pretty much done with gift planning for the kids. I never thought of coming up with a plan for decorations. I just put out whatever is in my Xmas boxes. Hmm.
  • Order Christmas cards and address labels. Costco photo cards again.
  • For your friends of other religions take the time to find out what their major holiday is and look for an appropriate card to send to them at that time. N/A.
  • Divide gift responsibilities with other family members.We have a general rule of only exchanging gifts with family members we actually visit on Xmas. I don't have a HUGE family so it hasn't been too much of a problem. We give small family gifts rather than something for each person usually. An inexpensive bowl, microwave popcorn and $5 gift card to Blockbuster, for instance.
  • Do I see Christmas time primarily as a time for entertaining friends and renewing long lost acquaintances or as a time for family? FAMILY. The only entertaining we do at Xmas is a neighborhood caroling party. Our house isn't built for entertaining and as a couple we don't really care for parties.
  • How much emphasis do our Christmas activities place on the spiritual side of Christmas? Great emphasis. It isn't Christmas without going to Mass. This year our girls will sing in the schola cantorum at the cathedral on Christmas Eve and we'll attend our own parish on Christmas Day.
  • How involved is my family in the Christmas preparation? I do most of it, although my kids have taken over a lot of the house and tree decoration, which is nice. My DH usually contributes a few items for the calendar like a work Xmas party and then takes the kids shopping a few days before Xmas. Otherwise, my mother and I take care of the food and general festivities.
  • What activities are particularly important to our family at Christmas? Cutting our own tree at the local u-cut lot, complete with hot cocoa and blaring carols. To myself? Observing Advent with the wreath and not decorating the tree til just a few days before Christmas.
  • Why do we observe the traditions we do in our house? Because we're Catholic, we like our traditions and we prefer a quiet family Xmas to any other kind.
  • How important is an elaborately decorated house, homemade gifts or food, to my feelings about Christmas? Elaborate decor not required. Handmade (not in the Martha Stewart sort of way, but the "I made it with love even though it looks lumpy" sort of way) is always good.
  • What would my ideal Christmas be like? I think you get the gist.

Is anyone here thinking about doing a no-gift Christmas or something like it? A much pared down one, to be sure, but not "no gifts" at least as far as our children are concerned.

We tried this last year with some limited success. DD is the only grandchild on one side and the first of two on the other, so the grandparents tend to go a little crazy. We had this problem also when our older two were the only grandkids for YEARS. Now they've been joined by two siblings and five cousins, so things are a lot saner. Hang in there. The gift-giving enthusiasm wears off eventually. And if not, just stash things in the closet and bring them out occasionally throughout the year, like Xmas all year round!

If possible I would like to do either three gifts for DD (in the tradition of the three wise men) or four in the Victorian Christmas tradition of "something to wear, something to read, something you want, something you need". We do the Three Gifts thing also. It sets good expectations.

We were thinking of starting a book exchange tradition with one side of the family and maybe an ornament exchange with the other side. They have a hard time with giving up the gift-giving altogether, but narrowing things down to one kind of (relatively inexpensive) gift might be a good way to simplify. We could do homemade ornaments and maybe even used books to keep things even simpler.
The only problem I have found with a plan like this is that the grandparents/relatives sometimes don't like be relegated to buying-making the boring books/ornaments while we, the parents, get the squeals of delight from the children for giving them their heart's desire (usually a toy). Ahem. My mother feels this way, can you tell? Her own mother would only allow her grandmother to buy my mother stuff like underwear for Christmas. So if the relatives are willing, great. If not, just go with the flow. Or allow them to buy the thing you were planning on getting your child and take the gift-giving "glory."

Another idea might be to draw straws for the four Victorian Xmas categories (wear, read, want, need) with the relatives so that the child only ends up getting four gifts but each relative/parent gets an equal chance of giving the "fun" gift (although any of them could be fun with some imagination). Of course this only works if you have just four relatives or maybe just repeat some of the categories.

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The only problem I have found with a plan like this is that the grandparents/relatives sometimes don't like be relegated to buying-making the boring books/ornaments while we, the parents, get the squeals of delight from the children for giving them their heart's desire (usually a toy). Ahem. My mother feels this way, can you tell? Her own mother would only allow her grandmother to buy my mother stuff like underwear for Christmas. So if the relatives are willing, great. If not, just go with the flow. Or allow them to buy the thing you were planning on getting your child and take the gift-giving "glory."

Another idea might be to draw straws for the four Victorian Xmas categories (wear, read, want, need) with the relatives so that the child only ends up getting four gifts but each relative/parent gets an equal chance of giving the "fun" gift (although any of them could be fun with some imagination). Of course this only works if you have just four relatives or maybe just repeat some of the categories.
Yeah, I think we are going to discuss these options with the grandparents and see what they think. I'd be happy to give them the opportunity to give the 'fun' gift if it meant reducing the total number of gifts! We are also going to bring up the idea of giving "experiential" gifts, rather than objects, like a membership to the nature museum, or music lessons.

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I got my desk cleaned off today. It is off to the side in the living room. It is the first time I've been able to see the top of it for months. Maybe all year.

The living room itself I rearranged and hung pictures in and cleaned thoroughly mid-August when my sister was visiting, so I am going to call it good. There is no way it is going to stay tidy til Christmas anyway.

I guess that is tripping me a up a bit with this plan - to start deep-cleaning spaces in September that are heavily used seems like a waste of time. It will all have to be redone by December - vac under the sofa cushions, dust pic frames and all that jazz - especially since we have a huge basement renovation going on right now and a lot of stuff is upstairs that normally would not be. (It should be back downstairs in another 4-6 weeks.) It is helpful for me to note what needs repairing and try to do that now though, and I have been doing some decluttering too.
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I needed some ideas for traditions so I started a thread here. http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1135577
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we are *almost* finished with our living room......repainting took a few days. here's what i've done so far:

- cleaned baseboards
- vacuumed/mopped the wood floors
- vacuumed the large oriental rug
- vacuumed the sofas and washed the cushion covers
- vacuumed the draperies
- washed windows
- cleaned out the fireplace
- dusted/cleaned every book/picture frame/etc.
- pulled out my fall/autumn decor

what we're still working on:

- stripped and repainting our in-wall speaker covers (to match the new wall color)
- dh is building me a nice wooden 'hook' so i can hang my wreath over the fireplace

once we get all that done then we're moving on to the entry/foyer. hopefully this weekend we'll get that started. i plan to work on my front porch this weekend as well......although there isn't much to do out there as hubby stays on top of the outside pretty well.

*whew*.....i'm tired just reading all that!

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i started weeding in the front yard but got rained out.

on the living room & foyer, i've done the following:

-pulled out all furniture & pictures - cleaned and rearranged, some items pulled for donation
-washed baseboards and chair rails
-swept & mopped hardwood floor
-spackled holes
-painted some, waiting for second & third round of spackle to dry (and dd to fall asleep so i can paint without hearing "i want to do it! for every little .5" spot)
-pulled everything from hall closet, swept & mopped
-dd tried on all of her clothes in closet so i could put away little ones (currently drying after washing everything). only about 1/2 of what came out went back in.

we're going to move a fake fireplace from the living room up to one of the bedrooms this afternoon because my husband just cannot let it go (it's ugly and he hasn't used it in 6 years!).

i've already put the Goodwill bag in the car for drop-off on monday. i'm getting rid of my old leather coat, a rabbit fur coat, and 3 cardigans. i have a lot more stuff ready but i keep worrying about going over the stupid IRS "prove it" limits. i'm taking pictures; i hope that's good enough.
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Thigns are going well here. I did most of the LR and entry way in a big shebang on Saturday.

I have left to make my freezer meal, spot clean and vac the couches, and vac and dust the stairs (which I am counting as part of the entryway).

We are having DS's b-day party this weekend so the timing has been great.

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Thigns are going well here. I did most of the LR and entry way in a big shebang on Saturday.

I have left to make my freezer meal, spot clean and vac the couches, and vac and dust the stairs (which I am counting as part of the entryway).

We are having DS's b-day party this weekend so the timing has been great.
darn! i forgot about the freezer meal! does anyone want to share what kind of meals they're making? i'd like some new ideas!
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darn! i forgot about the freezer meal! does anyone want to share what kind of meals they're making? i'd like some new ideas!
i'm not doing this part of the HGP as i don't freeze meals, ever. we aren't fans. i'm home all day long so i have plenty of time to throw dinner together....no matter how busy we get.

as for our progess......

well, our simple 're-paint the foyer/entry' project has turned into a 'rip out all the plaster on the walls/ceiling and drywall, refinish the trim, paint and replace the light fixture' project. my dh will take any opportunity to do demo!

so i will continue with the HGP, but will have to just finish up that week on a different week. my living room however looks fantastic!

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i'm not doing this part of the HGP as i don't freeze meals, ever. we aren't fans. i'm home all day long so i have plenty of time to throw dinner together....no matter how busy we get.

as for our progess......

well, our simple 're-paint the foyer/entry' project has turned into a 'rip out all the plaster on the walls/ceiling and drywall, refinish the trim, paint and replace the light fixture' project. my dh will take any opportunity to do demo!

so i will continue with the HGP, but will have to just finish up that week on a different week. my living room however looks fantastic!
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I am making bean burritos (freeze individually)

I am also making individual chicken pot pies- I found little tin pans that I will make them in. I think they are supposed to be disposable pans but I will wash and reuse until they get holes.

DH and I don't really eat the same freezer meals, so I try to freeze them in smaller portions so that neither or us have to eat the same casserole for a week straight.

I got the stairs vac'ed last night and de-cobwebbed. Now I just need to clean the couches. I also have 2 sewing projects want to work on this week (start a quilt and do a project for my sewing business).

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And over your LR.

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vm9799 I really love your living room and decorations.

SuzyLee how did the b-day party go?

Well, so far Dh is doing GREAT with the HGP. Last week in the living room he:
-washed baseboards, floor, screens, windows
- removed our nasty old carpet and cleaned up that giant mess
-removed all the clutter (and I think disposed of it properly)
- took all the clean laundry off the sofa and put it away
Ds hung two decorations (those static window stickers).
I managed to vaccum the sofa and helped move it a bit.

This week, for the entryway, I did some work a few weeks ago weeding out extra coats. We still have too many but I am not sure we're going to part with anymore just yet. Our entry is about 3 feet by 4 feet including a small closet. In addition to the suggested cleaning we have to:
1. Replace the vinyl tiles on the floor (we bought the replacement tiles 12+ months ago
2. Install new light fixture (Dh started this but it didn't work right away; 2nd atttempt soon)
3. Declutter the shoe rack and donate extras (my job)

Next week is master bedroom and we've been working on it but upkeep seems to be our downfall. I am super worried about the master bathroom (its our only bathroom) week because we need to paint, install light fixtures and do a really deep clean in there. Although, since really this has been all Dh so far, I suppose I shouldn't get too anxious myself.
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vm9799 I really love your living room and decorations.
thank you!

well, our entryway is a disaster right now. dh has all the plaster and lathe off all but 1 small wall and the ceiling. he asked me last night if i'm interested in doing any built-ins or sconces, etc. while he has everything down to the studs. soooo......decisions, decisions. and i need to make them fast.

next week is the master bedroom?? *whew* that's an easy room around here.

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Valian the b-day party is this coming saturday so I will update then.

Other progress- i harvested my back garden yesterday. That is all. oh well. tonight I am working on a sewing project and maybe putting together a freezer meal.

DH did my CD laundry today, and agreed to spot clean and vac the couches on friday, yay!

I am feeling pretty good about things even though working full time is sucking the life out of me right now. I didn't realize how good I had it working 4 days/week.

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Sigh. I feel so far behind. I'm still working on getting the goodwill stuff out of my living room and I haven't gotten any of the cleaning done and I'm supposed to be moving on to something else already. Heavy Sigh.

I'm going to work on the living room more this afternoon and evening.

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Old 09-16-2009, 05:53 PM
 
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Sigh. I feel so far behind. I'm still working on getting the goodwill stuff out of my living room and I haven't gotten any of the cleaning done and I'm supposed to be moving on to something else already. Heavy Sigh.

I'm going to work on the living room more this afternoon and evening.

i just responded to your comment on my flickr account but wanted to encourage you to please post photos of your home! we're all here to help one another with these things and if i can be of any help at all, but all means shoot me off a private message! i'm happy to help! you can do this!

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Well, haven't made much progress on the living room or the questions from last week. I'm running training sessions at work right now and DD has been staying up really late lately, so haven't had much time. I did manage to declutter a big stack of papers that DH had specifically mentioned was driving him batty, so that's good.

Haven't even looked at the assignments for this week, either!

I'm going to try posting a photo of our living room soon if DD stays asleep.

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and remembering: little turtle 5/23/2006 and poppyseed 7/15/2009
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