HGP 2019 - Living Room/Question Week

Discussion in 'Holiday Grand Plan' started by PamelaG, Sep 8, 2019.

  1. PamelaG

    PamelaG Moderator Staff Member


    Begin by washing the outside of the windows in this room. You will appreciate being able to see outside when you sit down at the end of the week in your beautiful, clean, and organized living room!

    Take everything off walls, dust it, and set it aside.

    Dust or wash the wall, vacuum or dry-clean draperies and blinds. Get your favorite cobweb killer and sweep down ceilings, corners and tops of doorways

    Take cushions off furniture. Vacuum thoroughly, replace cushions, spot treat any stains and shampoo if necessary.

    Wooden furniture (and anything with drawers/shelves): Empty, sort and throw away what you really don't need. Put the rest where it belongs.

    Dust/polish the piece you've finished with and repeat with other pieces. Don't forget the maintenance on piano.

    Baseboards: depending on condition they're in, dust or wash them.

    Coat closet: empty, sort clothes (by family member, season).

    Remove any "off-season" items and decide whether to trash, donate, or store elsewhere. Replace only those items which should be in your coat closet.

    Clean the TV screen (if you have a set in this room). Don't neglect the stereo items either. Re-organize tapes/records/videos as per your needs.

    Clean/change the silk flower arrangements as per seasonal needs. Wash/trim any live plants in this room.

    Other items needing attention if your room has them:

    • Fireplace/mantel/chimney/glass doors
    • Lamps (does the shade need dusting or replacing?)
    • Electrical cords (check for frayed wires)
    • Mirrors (items framed w/glass) get out the Windex
    • Doorknobs/drawer-handles (are they clean?)
    Now is a good time to measure furniture pieces and windows, to enter in your planner or Household Notebook and keep on hand for shopping for necessary items.

    Stacks (of anything!): Take time now to use the sorting method of trash/donate/store elsewhere. Now put these new piles where they belong.

    Vacuum the carpet and clean if necessary.

    Hang the items back on walls, if you haven't already and take a good look around. It should look pretty good by now.

    Take out camera and take pictures for inventory.

    In the kitchen:
    • Buy extra flour, sugar, shortening, etc.
    • Make one extra meal for the freezer labeled HOLIDAY MEAL. This should be large enough to feed the family plus two people.
    Browse Week:
    • Develop ideas for gifts, decorations.
    • Order Christmas cards and address labels.
    • 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.
    • Divide gift responsibilities with other family members.
    Ask these questions:
    • Do I see Christmas time primarily as a time for entertaining friends and renewing long lost acquaintances or as a time for family?
    • How much emphasis do our Christmas activities place on the spiritual side of Christmas?
    • How involved is my family in the Christmas preparation?
    • What activities are particularly important to our family at Christmas? To myself?
    • Why do we observe the traditions we do in our house?
    • How important is an elaborately decorated house, homemade gifts or food, to my feelings about Christmas?
    • What would my ideal Christmas be like?
    That's quite a list for this week!
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  2. cmerth

    cmerth Well-Known Member

    That is a lot to do!!

    I sanded the spots that Kiddo is suppose to paint for me in the living room. I have deep cleaned 1/2 of the living room. I decided not to wash all the cushion covers on the couch. I will spot clean or wash them as needed between now and Christmas. I will finish up on Monday-Wednesday. I just have my sewing corner in the living room yet. I have boxes to go through and reunion stuff to archive.

    I bought the baking needs for the next week or so. I want to do lots of baking this holiday season.

    I am going to do a Steampunk Victorian Christmas on the tree and minimal decor around the house.

    Already have gift ideas and have started to make them. I am ahead of the game in this area.
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  3. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    Week 2 already,
    I was going to do the sunroom this week but think I will transfer to loungeroom.
    Need to keep the pace going if I am to get it all done by Christmas.
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  4. PamelaG

    PamelaG Moderator Staff Member

    Steampunk Victorian Christmas? Tell us more!
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  5. cmerth

    cmerth Well-Known Member

    I am a fan of steampunk.... it is a combo of 19th century steam powered machinery and science fiction with touches of Victorian. Gears, victorian lace, wild west. I want to do styrofom balls covered in old gold, copper or silver buttons. I already have victorian ornaments.

    I have a steampunk board on my pinterest.
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