It’s been a busy November, but I’ve never been so organized heading into the holidays. I like to load up the month with all of the ‘work’ of the holidays so that I can just goof-off and enjoy ourselves between now and New Year’s.
My approach this year was inspired by something I saw used at our metro zoo. I’ve been involved with the zoo for a long time and recently their head of facilities shared how they manage their seasonal activities.
They have a giant project list – organized week by week – for maintenance, landscaping, winterizing, and special events. For any given week, the facilities crew can look at the list and see what activities – many of them done just once a year or season – need to be done.
At the start of November, I created a weekly list of projects for myself. I actually went through old pictures on my phone to see what I did in previous years (and when I did it). Week 2 of November included: putting greenery in the window boxes, hanging the bikes in the garage, ordering Christmas photo cards, and mowing the lawn a final time.
I’ve organized & entered the long list in my Notes app on my phone. Every week is listed out. When to buy the Thanksgiving turkey, when to winterize the car, and when to put the light-up snowman in the backyard. All together, I ended up with 35 seasonal chores listed out for November.
For some people, keeping organized like this might be second nature. Not me. I usually get everything done, but not so far ahead of time or in the right order. This year, I’m happy to be so organized! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
How organized are you with your holiday projects?
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