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A thread for all those that need to tidy before Christmas

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TinselinaBumSquash Mon 20-Dec-10 09:17:09

Ok im at home, my kids are driving me nuts, my flat needs tiding before Christmas day as that will undoubtedly create much more mess.

I am making a list (and checking it twice!)of all the things i need to do, its the only thing that spurs me on.

Please join me.

So today (or before xmas) i have to..

*Load the Dishwasher
*Phone the hospital for DS's test results
*Phone the other hospital about picking up more meds
*Get a prescription into the chemist
*Do as much laundry as i can
*Do DS's medication
*Feed the Cat
*Wrap the rest of the pressies
*Get a bin bag and de clutter every room
*Take bin bags down the tip
*Deliver pressies to family
*Get to the cash point

supernoodlesrock Mon 20-Dec-10 09:23:50

My list is as follows:

-wrap presents
-deliver presents
-write out cards
-deliver cards
-tackle the Mount Everest of ironing
-wash the clothes all four of us wear before christmas eve
-take bin bags of broken toys to tip
-get tip permit
-take bag of good toys that weren't played with to children's ward at local hospital.
-sort both dd's old clothes into sized piles for loft
-hoover out car (though not likely in this weather)
-Hoover and dust up and down.
-clean both bathrooms

Wow, that is therapeutic and feeling smug as sorted out the bedrooms and under the stairs cupboard yesterday.

TinselinaBumSquash Mon 20-Dec-10 10:25:23

OK i have done the following

Load the Dishwasher
Phone the hospital for DS's test results
(Ihad to leave a message!)
Phone the other hospital about picking up more meds
(Prescription not done so had to leave message for the Dr)
*Get a prescription into the chemist
*Do as much laundry as i can
Do DS's medication
Feed the Cat
*Wrap the rest of the pressies
*Get a bin bag and de clutter every room
*Take bin bags down the tip
*Deliver pressies to family
*Get to the cash point

supernoodlesrock Mon 20-Dec-10 11:52:24

-wrap presents
-deliver presents
-write out cards
-deliver cards
-tackle the Mount Everest of ironing
-wash the clothes all four of us wear before christmas eve
-take bin bags of broken toys to tip
-get tip permit
-take bag of good toys that weren't played with to children's ward at local hospital.
-sort both dd's old clothes into sized piles for loft
-hoover out car (though not likely in this weather)
-Hoover and dust up and down.
-clean both bathrooms

This is me so far!

fairybubbles Mon 20-Dec-10 12:01:28

Hi! I'll join in, I'm 27 weeks pregnant, off work until after new year, DS at nursery (might get a call if they close due to snow) trying to get as much done as poss just in case

-wrap more presents
-write out cards for neighbours & deliver
-clear out toys for charity
-empty the toybox downstairs ready to be filled on xmas day!
-deep clean the bathroom
-empty dishwasher
-hang up more washing
-rest up for an hour at some point/bath/nails/pamper session grin

Lexilicious Mon 20-Dec-10 12:10:07

ooh good, this is the thread for me. The slatterns threads are distinctly not slovenly enough. grin

I am off (FT) work until 4 Jan, but have toddler in nursery today until Wednesday when they (outrageously) go on holiday, so I have to leave only the optional tasks for Thu/Fri.

-wait in for parcel (rearranged for today... not here yet...)
-write and send last 40 christmas cards (oops)
-get up to date with washing
-finish making DS's play kitchen. Is about 20% done shock
-identify location of house decorations
-buy more decorations (any recommendations of where to get 'em cheap or discounted?)
-buy grout float, grout tiles in kitchen and futility room
-clear polyurethane paint the new wood floor in kitchen/dining room.
-clear out bedroom and living room of crap, take to storage unit and forget about it all for ever
-clear out DIY tools from dining room to shed/storage unit
-identify enough bedding to fit 1xKS and 2xdoubles (having my parents and PILs for two nights argh)
-email parents and PILs and tell them what bedding they should bring. blush
-wrap presents
-panic and buy more presents
-wrap them
-put up tree
-decorate tree, probably requiring more decorations
-buy and fit lots of draught excluder products (moved here January, have only just realised the DG windows aren't sealed around the edges)
-be in for tesco delivery on Wed pm.
-buy meat, cheese and booze from butcher, deli and Majestic. Respectively.
-think about something nice to wear on C Day.
-check menu plan, try not to panic buy more food

K12Mom Mon 20-Dec-10 12:16:59

So, basically, this is a thread to list all the things you have to do, then re-post with the things that you have done highlighted? Genius! Here's mine:

- Finish DC's bedroom
- Present shopping
- Food shopping
- Baking
- Put the washing away
- Finish cleaning kitchen cupboards
- Take the repairs in
- Call the swimming people
- Make sure DH gets to the Off Licence
- Remember karate on Wednesday
- Remember dermatologist on Thursday.

I spend far too much time on the internet :-(

stnikkilarse1978 Mon 20-Dec-10 12:19:03

I am stuck at home with the kiddies as DH had to take the car to work. So I have two days before I go back to work to get the house in pristine condition (including some sorting out and rearranging of furniture). Today I am doing upstairs. So far I have sorted out the small spare room to make space for some sofas we will be storing there). I have also cleared out the larger spare room which my brother has recently vacated (he lived with us for 2 years) and it was nasty- any ideas how to stop a mattress smelling of manky bloke? grin. Left to do today:-

Tidy the kids room
Clean all upstairs windows
Tidy our room and sort out underwear and sock drawers
Clean all doors and skirting and dust upstairs
Hoover hallway and stairs
Clean bathroom

Tomorrow is downstairs which will take a bit longer as I have to clean the oven and fridge on top of all the other rooms.

I quite enjoy it actually it is just difficult to keep the kids from going stir crazy and making more mess. They are helping me out a bit but they get bored after 10 mins grin

TrinityMotherOfRhinos Mon 20-Dec-10 12:23:04

thank go for you lot

ok marking my place

need to warm up and take some painkillers before I can even make a list

TrinityMotherOfRhinos Mon 20-Dec-10 12:23:35

thank god even

Lexilicious Mon 20-Dec-10 12:25:00

oh look. half an hour gone browsing MN. A wash load has finished, better do that.

supernoodlesrock Mon 20-Dec-10 12:29:15

Stnikkilarse angry you've made me remember to clean the oven too!!!

InkyStamp Mon 20-Dec-10 12:43:16

Ok here is my list for today and following days:

wash lunch dishes
iron
put away non iron washing
put away iron washing
vacuum
wash floors
dust
clean bathrooms
wash front window
surfaces wipe over
put out kitchen bin
liner in bathroom bin
hang out last (of 4!!) load of washing
put away washing from airing cupboard
wrap the last three gifts
reorganise study area to fit in DS's new computer (did all the toys yesterday ready for new arrivals!)
reorganise the coat cupboard AGAIN so we can actually get them hmm
sort through DD clothes (Did DS's yesterday)
Pack for Xmas eve journey
wash walls
reorganise linen cupboard
clean oven <shudder>
Return borrowed items from neighbour

I think that will do! Might need a lie down first...

InkyStamp Mon 20-Dec-10 12:55:24

Forgot to add:

Take a valium... as third child is now sick as well as the other two! Joy!

Lexilicious Mon 20-Dec-10 13:04:19

aw crap, all I can do is think of more things

-wait in for parcel
-write and send last 40 christmas cards (oops)
-get up to date with washing
-finish making DS's play kitchen. Is about 20% done
-identify location of house decorations
-buy more decorations (any recommendations of where to get 'em cheap or discounted?)
- buy grout float use sponge and pencil (according to my dad) to grout tiles in kitchen and futility room
-clear polyurethane paint the new wood floor in kitchen/dining room.
- take a deep breath and clean the bathroom
-clear out bedroom and living room of crap 5% done
-hoover upstairs 90% done, woohoo!
-damp dust upstairs
-clear out DIY tools from dining room to shed/storage unit
-identify enough bedding to fit 1xKS and 2xDoubles
-email parents and PILs and tell them what bedding they should bring.
-wrap presents
-panic and buy more presents
-wrap them
-put up tree
-decorate tree, probably requiring more decorations
-buy and fit lots of draught excluder products / use silicone sealant on the window reveals
-be in for tesco delivery on Wed pm.
-buy meat, cheese and booze from butcher, deli and Majestic. Respectively.
-think about something nice to wear on C Day.
-check menu plan, try not to panic buy more food
-clean over
-buy ikea binlinerholder for inside sink cupboard door (DS fascinated by the kitchen bin hmm argh)
-put up DS footprint ceramic collected from John Lewis in bloody September

Lexilicious Mon 20-Dec-10 13:06:41

but while I'm here I might as well credit myself with having cleaned out the lint from the tumble dryer filter on Friday and I reorganised the towels in the cupboard this morning. Baby steps, people, baby steps.

TinselinaBumSquash Mon 20-Dec-10 13:09:00

Right i am having a rest, i have done

Load the Dishwasher
Phone the hospital for DS's test results
Phone the other hospital about picking up more meds
Get a prescription into the chemist
*Do as much laundry as i can
Do DS's medication
Feed the Cat
Wrap the rest of the pressies
*Get a bin bag and de clutter every room
*Take bin bags down the tip
*Deliver pressies to family
*Get to the cash point

supernoodlesrock Mon 20-Dec-10 15:14:47

Well done Tinselina

I'm on my break now, I've pitched a tent and I'm acclimatising to life one third up the Mount Everest of ironing.

QueeferSantaland Mon 20-Dec-10 15:30:21

I was hoping there'd be a thred about this.

I need to.

-get stuff from garage
-wrap presents
-clean skirting boards
-hoover inside sofabed
-go to poundland for SF and over cleaner
-CLEAN OVEN
-clean insides of windows
-clean bathroom
-paint over mould in bathroomblush
-set up changing station in a different room
-dust
buy dh pressie
buy ddad pressie

Lexilicious Mon 20-Dec-10 16:12:04

-still waiting for parcel

Wasn't previously on the list but I've:
- shovelled the parking space outside our house hope some other sfucker (pron: silent s) doesn't nick it before DH gets home, which won't be any time soon grrr. The wheely bin is guarding it.

-write and send last 40 christmas cards - 10% done including my Janet and Roy
- only two washing loads outstanding
-finish making DS's play kitchen. 20% done
-identify location of house decorations
-buy more decorations
-grout tiles in kitchen and futility room
-clear polyurethane paint the new wood floor in kitchen/dining room.
-clean the bathroom
-clear out bedroom and living room of crap 5% done
-hoover last 10% upstairs
-damp dust upstairs
-clear out DIY tools from dining room to shed/storage unit
-identify enough bedding to fit 1xKS and 2xDoubles
-email parents and PILs and tell them what bedding they should bring.
-wrap presents
-panic and buy more presents
-wrap them
-put up tree
-decorate tree, probably requiring more decorations
-buy and fit lots of draught excluder products / use silicone sealant on the window reveals
-be in for tesco delivery on Wed pm.
-buy meat, cheese and booze from butcher, deli and Majestic. Respectively.
-think about something nice to wear on C Day.
-check menu plan, try not to panic buy more food
-clean oven and surfaces
-buy ikea binlinerholder and install
-put up DS footprint ceramic thing

TrinityMotherOfRhinos Mon 20-Dec-10 17:38:44

holy shit I have done nothing

wrap everything
sort stockings
washing, washing and more washing
box up and store all toys
hoover everywhere
scrub bathroom floor
buy marge
panic
wrap stocking stuff
cry
oanic some more
make cards with the kids for neil
clean kitchen floor
tidy kids bedrooms
tidy kitchen
fold and store millions of clothes
panic
slug wine
smoke too much
find presents I KNOW I have but cant find
wrap the things I find that I had forgotten
not feel guilty about not sending many xmas cards
check moonpie got her parcel
somehow get fuel
somehow get wood
wash up everything
oh fuck there is loads more

fishym2b Mon 20-Dec-10 19:13:53

right i need to;

clean oven
clean floors
clean bathroom
wash shower curtain
dust
move computer
move nappy change station
change bedding
put clothes away
buy present for friends DS
buy lightbulbs
morrisons shop
possibly wash sofa covers

having a serious case of cba tonght though!
pour myelf a large baileys

fishym2b Mon 20-Dec-10 19:15:04

ha my elf! oi elf give it back! If only I had an elf to help me out.

happybubblebrain Mon 20-Dec-10 19:24:24

I finished shopping, wrapping presents and sending cards a while ago and cleaned the house from top to bottom at the weekend (including inside drawers and cupboards)but I still have to do the following:

- Deliver a few presents.
- Do a couple of loads of washing and ironing.
- 2.5 more days at work.
- Food shop for the fresh stuff.
- Make gingerbread cookies for Father Christmas.
- Relax and enjoy Christmas Eve.

I started in September, so I think I deserve the lack of panic.

TrinityMotherOfRhinos Mon 20-Dec-10 21:31:52

<smacks happybubble>

I started in september too, I'm just crap

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