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Open House: What's On Your List

Open House: What's On Your List

I don't know about you, but I have a crazy list of home-related errands to run and projects to accomplish this weekend. I'm hosting both friends and future in-laws this next holiday weekend (which starts on Wednesday night, eek!), and I don't have a lot of time left to get everything done.

So, for this weekend's Open House, I want to hear your lists. What are you prioritizing? What can be left until later? Just leave your ideas in the comments section below. Next Monday I'll compile our CasaSugar lists and we can all let out a collective groan—or sigh of relief, depending on how much we actually accomplished—when we swap lists.

To see my list, as well as to leave a comment, just

Here's my list, in priority from most to least important (and these are going to probably bleed over into Monday and Tuesday evening as well).

  • Clean the house. This includes figuring out where that weird smell (behind the pull-out garbage can, perhaps?) is emanating from. This also includes wiping down all of the annoying metallic kitchen cabinets that collects fingerprints as if they're forensic investigators.
  • Go to Ikea to pick up extra chairs for Thanksgiving. Do this on Friday night before the hordes of weekend shoppers descend.
  • Drill holes in the back of the new/old Danish credenza for stereo equipment cords. Take pictures of this for Casa. Move massive amounts of stereo equipment into credeza. Close doors. Do victory dance because you don't have to look at stereo equipment any longer.
  • Find fall-friendly plants and flowers to replant in the pots on the porch and deck.
  • Finalize Thanksgiving recipes and make shopping lists. Farm out shopping duties (including picking up the heritage turkey) to the dude you're engaged to.
  • Look for perfect sweet potato recipe for Thanksgiving, as well as a good cornbread stuffing recipe.
  • Sew napkins for Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Paint foyer.
  • Organize huge piles of camping/skiing/backpacking equipment that's in a pile in the garage.
  • Collapse in relief when this is done.
CillaB8 CillaB8 9 years
Thankfully, I don't anticipate any last minute house guests this Thanksgiving, so my to-do list is mainly playing catch-up with my runaway household items. 1) Laundry 2) Arrange floral centerpiece for Thursday's dinner. 3) Sort my mail and pay bills. 4) Pull out all the Christmas decorations and lights. 5) Find a new place for my garage sale boxes besides my dining room table. :) 6) Clean the bathtub. 7) Make invitations for holiday party & brainstorm ideas. 8) Start to decorate the house.
marthalilian126 marthalilian126 9 years
Well, since I was sick over the weekend and my roommate is moving in on Saturday, this is what I need to do over the course of the week: 1) wash the floors in Missy's room and common areas 2) take out trash 3) clean the bathroom (and buy necessary items to do so) 4) drop off laundry and dry cleaning 5) make room for Missy's stuff in bathroom and kitchen 6) remove dog hair from air mattress, deflate and store
shamrox shamrox 9 years
My list: 1) Clean living room, rearrange 2) Move tv from bedroom to living room 3) Vaccuum house 4) Clean disastrous laundry room/Do laundry 5) Sew curtains for living room & bedroom 6) Get Christmas cards/put together list
katiejane24 katiejane24 9 years
Yikes, my fam is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner Thursday afternoon that is also doubling as a rehearsal dinner for my sister's wedding the next evening. So...LOTS to do. My biggest priorities this week will be performing some deep cleaning, rounding up and laundering a new set of guest sheets and towels, putting together a caddy of some toiletries and etc. that they might need, baking the tomato casserole I've been assigned for Thursday, helping my mom pot some beautiful evergreen stuff in outside planters, and then on Thursday evening switching into full wedding prep mode. Whew.
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 9 years
Our guests have already arrived, so major cleaning has been done. - Buy/hang curtains for guest bedroom (I think they feel alittle exposed!) - Hang pictures in hallway bathroom - Finish food shopping (cornbread mix, potatoes, salad fixins) - Bake Pecan Pie Cookies - Move extra dining table in from the garage for Thanksgiving - Borrow 4 chairs from parents for Thanksgiving - Start making To Do list for Christmas time house-guests!!
ladiva1 ladiva1 9 years
Are you really going to paint your foyer this weekend??? ;) I am also hosting dinner for inlaws that arrive on Tuesday afternoon. Eek! My list is as follows: - Hunt down sweet potato casserole and corn pudding recipe - Clean house! - Head to Ikea for miscellaneous, inexpensive yet cute finds. Buy kitchen stool fabric that I saw on Friday but was too indecisive to purchase! :( - Re-upholster kitchen stools (with fabric purchased at Ikea) - Reframe creative photos - Try to find time to sleep
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
The only lists I've made this weekend is an always-in-progress grocery list, and a list of things to pick up at Petco. :)
kcreson kcreson 9 years
my weekend list of "to do's" *Clean the house *Catch up on the laundrey thats begining to overload *Shop for christmas decorations *Shop for decorations for my new office *Search for the BEST ROWNIE EVER recipe. (to make tonight). *Put together a gift basket for guests *Mail a few items *finalize holiday plans *Decorate home with christmas decor... (hey, Ive had my fall decorations up for a while...) ah... all of this must be complete by today...eek.
jennb jennb 9 years
The perfect sweet potato recipe is from Everyday Food magazine issue 17, p.105 (Nov 04) - the Butter Pecan Sweet Potatoes. So amazingly good, and you can partially prepare it ahead of time and finish it off when you're ready to eat. So. Good. Really. Here's the link:
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
My list is quite long and the time I have to do it is quite short. Clean the ENTIRE house and have roommates clean their spaces too. Purchase the rest of the food for Thursday. Organize and prepare to decorate for Christmas on Wednesday. Figure out who will be eating with us and how to split up the costs. Pamper myself for all the hard work I'll be putting in. Decide what to wear for Thanksgiving meal. Move around the living room to make room for the tree (even if it can't be put up yet)
mdela mdela 9 years
I make lists when I'm sitting in a meeting, bored....! If I don't make a list, I'll forget what needs to be done! Here's what is on my list for this weekend: * Clean the house * Laundry (in progress) * Change filters * Purchase new lightbulbs that are safe for the environment * Trip to Target (only place in the city you don't have to pay 5 bucks for Windex!) * Shop for some new work clothes * Grocery shop for Thanksgiving * Start baking Oh - this is in no particular order ;)
cbgmick cbgmick 9 years
Since we're traveling for Thanksgiving this year, my list is mostly "behind the scenes" stuff that I've been putting off (plus my pregnancy nesting instinct is setting in, so I'm starting to focus on all the things I want to get done before the baby comes). Here's what I see as realistic for my weekend: Clean the bathrooms Wash kitchen floor Do laundry (clothing and bedding for me, hubby, and child)-- plus showercurtains and the sheets/ towels from our house guests next week Rake the leaves!!! (I live in NE, so they're pretty thick on our lawn right now!) Grocery shopping ( plus for the stuff I need to make for Thanksgiving) Organize storage closet (too many maternity and non-maternity clothing items mixed up as well as all the things the "pack rat" within likes to save.... this has been on my list since the end of Sept!!) Take son to swim lessons and birthday party That's it!!
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 9 years
Wow Casa! Maybe you should take a hint from Giggles' Caturday post. :D Or get her help since it seems like she's not doing much this weekend.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
That's quite the list!!
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