Thursday, September 27, 2012

Holiday Grand Plan (Clean and Organize Now)

I should begin today with a disclaimer that this post is not a sponsored post in any way. When I find something completely awesome, I like to share it with you guys. Today is all about organizing, planning, and getting your house clean and decluttered before the holidays arrive. A Holiday Home Plan --and I found a free one! I've been so busy with a 1st grader, preschooler, homework, dance lessons, church stuff, volunteer stuff, housework, working behind the scenes, and my own personal schedule that the house is currently in major disarray. And that's where today's post comes in!

Planning ahead this year can mean a major pay-off for my home come Christmastime! 

Organized Christmas was recommended to me years ago, when T and I were first married. To quote the site, it's a "road map to Christmas in a clean and organized home." They have different plans to help you prepare for the holidays:

1. Christmas Countdown- a six week plan that helps you get ready for the holidays without a ton of extra deep cleaning and reorganizing. They break down seasonal chores into weekly assignments.

2. The HGP (Holiday Grand Plan)- the mother of all organizing and cleaning routines! An awesome series of lists and calendar printables with weekly tasks printed out for you. You print them out, follow the plan room by room...and before you know it, your home should be ready for the holidays! It even forges into planning for gifts, meal preparation, visits to make, and parties!

3. Houseworks Holiday Plan- this one is a whole house cleaning plan for the Fall season, but it focuses on areas of your home instead of individual rooms. 

4. Rudolph Club- spread the work out over the whole year!

And it's all FREE! Wahoo! I know there are tons of organizing printable sites out there, but I love that this one is free. 
The year that I tried it was hard for me to keep up with because I worked and coached a cheerleading squad, but the plan still looks easy to customize if you're willing to tweak it a bit. I don't have a garage or foyer, so I could skip those weeks and focus on other rooms instead. 

So, that's today's PSA. If you're like me and still having trouble fitting it all in, I hope you'll check out the site and let me know what you think!

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9 comments:

Erin Sipes said...

I love Organized Christmas and have also been using it for years! Good Luck!

Richella said...

I love public service announcements! I've never heard of Organized Christmas. And, believe me, I've never HAD an organized Christmas. This year I would love to do more entertaining, both formal and casual--an organized house would allow me to do that. Thanks for the tip!

Emily said...

Awesome! I've never heard of Organized Christmas, but I'll definitely be checking them out. Thanks for sharing! :)

Natalya said...

I will definitely have to give these a go! I only have an apartment though so I think I can skimp on a few things. :)

Natalya, Ruff House Art

Kassi Mortensen said...

Ooh! Thanks for sharing this! I'm interested in the Houseworks plan for the fall... Clicking over there now.

Paula@SweetPea said...

Let us know how this works for you. It would be nice to get organized before the holidays so that when they come you can enjoy them.

Ellora Drinnen said...

Amanda, this is awesome! I'm always looking for ways to be more organized for the holidays. Thanks for sharing! I've already started printing out the calendars and oh my, I'm already behind!! :)

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Thank you thank you thank you for this. It couldn't have come at a better time. I've been feeling a little overwhelmed with all the stuff in my house and just told Ryan that I need to start purging. These look like great resources. I may not follow exactly, but I think that there are some awesome tools.

Jen @ The Decor Scene said...

Amanda this is amazing!!! Thank you so much for sharing. I can't wait to look at this whole site. :)

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