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The Clean-zine, Issue #30
November 01, 2015

Ohmygosh. We've just scraped the rest of the jack o'lantern off the front porch steps, and it's already time to plan the Thanksgiving menu.

Then we're full-throttle into the holiday whirlwind of activity that culminates in a New Year's Eve bang.

What's a temporally-challenged host to do?

Easy. Take some deep breaths, and let's get organized. We've got six weeks to get our holiday act together.

Fine-tune a few details now, and holiday entertaining will be a piece of cake. (And we're not talking the upside-down variety.)

Inside this issue are tips to help you get your home ready for the entertaining days ahead.

In This Issue:

1. Getting Your Home Ready for Entertaining

2. Organizing Holiday Family Life

3. Grandparents Visit Survival Guide

4. Getting the Kitchen into Holiday Mode

Getting Your Home Ready for Entertaining

Got guests coming for Thanksgiving dinner? Or for the first night of Hanukkah? Maybe you're having a Christmas cocktail party.

Don't wait until the guests RSVP to begin your preparations.

Here are things you can do ahead to get your home ready for entertaining now.

Organizing Holiday Family Life

The problem with the holidays is that they are too short.

This year, Thanksgiving fall late in the month so we've only a few short weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas to make all our family's holiday fantasies come true. (Forget Santa - we all know who the head elf is here.)

So, Ms. Elf - how are you going to pull it off? Easy.

Get out your calendar and a pen and paper. You're going to make your own Christmas list so that you can organize holiday life for your family.

Grandparents Visit Survival Guide

You love your mom and dad. The kids love them. So why is a holiday grandparents visit so difficult?

Well, for starters, there's that generation gap thing.

Even though your mom and dad adore your kids, they're not used to having little ones underfoot anymore.

And that often translates to your not feeling totally comfortable in your own parents' home.

This grandparents visit survival guide can help.

Getting the Kitchen Into Holiday Mode

Give yourself an early present and reorganize your kitchen so that it's functional for the holidays.

Now - before the holiday cooking rush - is the time to rethink kitchen organizing and make sure holiday plates and serving dishes are ready to go.

After all, when you’ve got four pots on the stove, a turkey in the oven, a ham in the microwave and 18 hungry people in the living room – you’ll be glad you did.

These tips can help you get your kitchen into holiday mode so that you can enjoy the holidays ahead with less last-minute stress.

Before we wrap up for November, I want to say thank you to everyone who has contributed cleaning and decorating tips in the house cleaning forum or has helped answer cleaning questions.

It's thanks to you that remains a vibrant, help-and-be helped community.

That's all for this month. Stay tuned and talk to you soon,



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