Now that the Elections are over, it’s time to get in full tilt for the holiday season. To make things go a little smoother this time around, I’ve come with a handy checklist to get you from Thanksgiving all the way to the New Year. Hopefully, with your sanity in check. Every Wednesday we will have a little cheat sheet for you to work on and keep you organized.
Schedule all upcoming salon appointments. Most Salons have their appointment book open for two months in advanced, in some cases they will let you plan three months out. This means your holiday parties, New Years Eve and even Valentine’s Day can be scheduled now.
Turkey Talk If you are hosting Thanksgiving Dinner it’s time to talk turkey. Spend this week getting your head count for dinner locked down. Once you have a good idea of who is coming do a little Turkey Math and place your order. Hint:1.5 pounds of uncooked turkey for each person coming to dinner. Don’t worry you will have plenty of leftovers.
Holiday Lights For those of you using lights to help decorate for the holiday season, get them out of storage now. If they are a big messy ball take the time to untangle them. Once you’ve got your lights in order check to see if they actually work. Try replacing bulbs if need be, or make a plan to buy more lights. The past few years lights have left the shelves pretty quick so if you want your tree or front porch to sparkle don’t wait.
Furnace Depending on where you live it may not be sweater weather yet. But it’s coming so turn on your furnace and make sure all is well. This way when the temperature really drops you won’t be left out in the cold.
Winter Wear Speaking of cold. It’s time to gather all of your winter wear. Make sure you gloves have a mate, hats and scarves don’t have holes, jackets are missing a button and sweaters still fit. Take a quick inventory of what you have and what you need. This will help you budget for the upcoming winter season. For things that you are planning on getting rid of set them aside, because later on today I’ve got a plan to help you make good use of them.
Snow & Ice I’m from Minnesota and snow is a major part of winter. Which means snow removal and ice watch is a daily thing. If you got a snow blower check it to see if the engine turns on and the tires are okay. Speaking of tires, make a plan to get your Snow tires put on your car soon. You don’t want to be caught off guard by a big snowfall. If you’ve got a service that shovels your driveway and walkway, get on the phone with them now. Make sure they know you would like their services again and discuss payment. Last but not least, buy your salt now. Once the snow starts falling and freezing, salt will start flying off the shelves.
Presents, Cards and Budgets, oh my! Make a list and check it twice to see who is getting a holiday card and/or a present. Figure out now what you want to get them and start scouting the internet for the best prices. This will help with Black Friday and your budget. If you know what you need, you can plan on how to save and when to spend.
Dinner Plans Chances are every year you and friends, coworkers or neighbors go out to dinner and celebrate. This year lock those plans down early and make your reservation. To be on the safe side make reservations at two locations, just remember to cancel one of your reservations at least 7 days before. When making your reservation, be honest about how many will be in your party. If you think you are only going to have 10 people go with 12. It will give you a little wiggle room for last minute RSVPs. If you have a major shift in attendance, plus or minus, contact the restaurant right away, and be prepared to possibly have to adjust your reservation time. When making the reservation, ask if there are any special rules or guidelines for large parties, and remember children occupy a seat, make sure you keep them in your head count. If you have any special requests make them when you make your reservation. Once your reservation is booked let everyone in your party know and send them a copy of the menu. This will not only save you time in the long run but it will help the restaurant better accommodate your party.
Now that you have your to do list print a out copy of the Holiday Cheat Sheet Worksheet and get to work. Happy Holidays!