Cleaning for Christmas

Day 7: Cleaning for Christmas | 100DaystoChristmas.comOnce again, we have reached a crucial cleaning period of the season. Christmas is officially NEXT WEEK and there is still much to do to be ready for any Christmas festivities you may be having in your home. This week we will be focusing on cleaning different areas, beginning from the top.

Countdown to Christmas | 100DaystoChristmas.comThe Countdown to Christmas Challenge for today is to plan your cleaning schedule using your calendar or ListPlanIt’s Week of Christmas*. Pencil in the remainder of your Christmas obligations to coincide with dinner preparations, houseguests, end-ofschool happenings, and everything else that takes place during the last week before Christmas. While it’s not necessary to spring clean, some tasks to include are dusting, cleaning bathroom(s), vacuuming, mopping, changing sheets for guests, and cleaning out your refrigerator to make room for make-ahead dishes and holiday leftovers.

Are visions of a clean house for Christmas dancing through your head? How do you work in cleaning to your busy holiday schedule? Visit the 100 Days to Christmas Facebook page and let us know.

Deck the Halls

Day 23: Deck the Halls with boughs of holly | 100DaystoChristmas.comThe Christmas season may have already officially begun, but who had time to think about what that really means with Thanksgiving leftovers to finish off and shopping to accomplish.

Countdown to Christmas | 100DaystoChristmas.comThe Countdown to Christmas Challenge for today is to begin your Christmas decorating. The time this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas is short, so you want to not only have time to enjoy it fully, but also to get it all up and in order well before you host any parties or get-togethers.

See ListPlanIt’s Christmas Decor Board on Pinterest.

Visit the 100 Days to Christmas Facebook page and upload a photo or two of your Christmas decor. Can’t wait to see it!

O Tannenbaum

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Day 24:  Get your Christmas tree and decorate it | 100DaystoChristmas.comToday is a good day to pick out a Christmas tree. With exactly three weeks left until Christmas, you want to leave plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of your Christmas tree.

Countdown to Christmas | 100DaystoChristmas.comThe Countdown to Christmas Challenge for today is to consider getting your tree and creating or developing a tree tradition. Make it something you all look forward to each and every year, whether it be chopping down your own tree, heading to the grocery store to pick out a freshly cut tree, or putting on Christmas music and drinking hot chocolate while you assemble an artificial tree.

Visit the 100 Days to Christmas Facebook page and tell us about your family’s Christmas tree tradition.

So Clean You Could Eat Off Them

Day 33: Clean hardwood, tile, and linoleum floors | 100DaystoChristmas.comWe have reached the bottom of the house. I would love to be able to put a positive spin on this one, but this is just one of those household jobs that I have to work very hard to commit to doing it.

Countdown to Christmas | 100DaystoChristmas.comToday’s Countdown to Christmas Challenge is to tell yourself that there is no time like the present to get an unpleasant task out of the way: mopping. I’ve always been a hands-and-knees- kind of mopper, but I bought a Shark steam mop this year and love it. I never did like the idea of sloshing dirty water around on my floor and I prefer to use fewer chemicals. Do you have a method of mopping that works? I would love to hear your ideas.

Visit the 100 Days to Christmas Facebook page and tell us how your cleaning went for the week. Are you ready?

Hit the Floor Running

Day 34: Vacuum rugs and carpets today | 100DaystoChristmas.comAs we’ve been working our way down in cleaning this week, we are now ready for the floors. The only equipment you will need today is a broom, a dustpan, a vacuum cleaner, and some muscle. We’re going to get a bit of a workout today!

Countdown to Christmas | 100DaystoChristmas.comThe Countdown to Christmas Challenge for today is to sweep your hard floors and vacuum any carpets and rugs. Start with an attachment and go over the windowsills and baseboards. Don’t forget to get the corners and stairs. Hand one child a broom and the other one the dustpan and set them to work. Make it a group effort!

The Powder Room

Day 35: Happy sink and toilet cleaning day! | 100DaystoChristmas.comStill working from top to bottom, nothing makes a house feel clean like clean bathrooms. You may need to spread this one out if you have two or more bathrooms in your home.

Countdown to Christmas | 100DaystoChristmas.comThe Countdown to Christmas Challenge for today is to give your bathroom a good deep cleaning! Clean the surfaces you haven’t thought of in a while. Because this challenge comes a week before Thanksgiving, you may need to touch up closer to the day, but this will save you from having to bake pies the same day you are scrubbing your toilets. Eww!

From the Top. . .

Day 37: Start high and dust from top to bottom | 100DaystoChristmas.comWhen cleaning, the most efficient method is from top to bottom. That way, any particles that float down will not land on a clean surface. So, without further adieu, today’s cleaning assignment is DUSTING!

Countdown to Christmas | 100DaystoChristmas.comThe Countdown to Christmas Challenge for today is to dust (or vacuum) ceiling and window corners, all furniture, knick-knacks, and shelves. This would make a GREAT after-school activity for the kids, as well. Give them some socks to cover their hands, a little dusting spray, and some instructions. All you would need to do is follow up on their progress.

Visit the 100 Days to Christmas Facebook page to dish about holiday cleaning.

Cleaning Week

Day 37: This is the week to prepare your home for the holidays | 100DaystoChristmas.comUnfortunately, cleaning is unavoidable this close to a major holiday. This week, we will focus on one major task a day. If we can accomplish each task this week, we will be all the more prepared to host Thanksgiving and leave time next week for food preparation.

Countdown to Christmas | 100DaystoChristmas.comThe Countdown to Christmas Challenge for today is simply to prepare yourself for a mindset to clean. Even if you are not hosting Thanksgiving, it is a great way to prepare your home for the start of the Christmas season. Come back each day to commit yourself to the task at hand. Let us know how you are keeping up (or not).

What is your holiday cleaning strategy? Visit the 100 Days to Christmas Facebook page and share your tips.

Halloween Season Begins Today!

Day 85: Halloween Season Begins Tomorrow.  Dress your home for Halloween | 100DaystoChristmas.comThe first of October officially begins the month-long Halloween season. If you’ve been holding back, afraid of too much, too soon, then hold back no more!

Countdown to Christmas | 100DaystoChristmas.comThe Countdown to Christmas Challenge for today is to dust off your Halloween décor, get out your goblins, and set out your spooky spiders. Kids (and adults) get so excited when they are able to go through the Halloween tubs and boxes to unearth the Halloween treasures that have been hidden for the past 11 months.

Visit the 100 Days to Christmas Facebook page and tell us what you have planned for the Halloween season!

Falling for Fall

Day 94: Today is the first day of Fall. Break out your pumpkins and fall decor | 100DaystoChristmas.com

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, today is the first day of fall (or autumn, if you prefer). This is the season that takes us right up to the doorstep of Christmas. Each Sunday post will contain a seasonal task or activity that involves getting the most enjoyment from the season with the ones you love most.

Countdown to Christmas | 100DaystoChristmas.com

Today’s Countdown to Christmas Challenge will not involve your holiday planner. Go down into your basement or up into your attic and rustle up your fall decor – anything pumpkin, harvest, or apple-themed is fair game – to be festively placed around your home.

If it seems your seasonal decor is all mixed together, today would be a great day to locate some large boxes or tubs and label them with ListPlanIt’s Fall Labels* or your own. Simply print out the labels and then tape them to the boxes, or print the labels onto adhesive-backed paper for convenience.

Visit the 100 Days to Christmas Facebook page and let us know what fall project you tackled today!

* Available as a download in the 100 Days to Christmas 2013 eBook.  Members to ListPlanIt.com can print or download labels for upcoming holidays in Holidays & Occasions.