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Welcome to our monthly organizing
checklist. There's a different organizing
suggestion for you to do every day of the
month--all easy, down-to-earth, and no
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____ Jun 1
Do you have a big job that requires getting rid
of large items? Hire a hauling service to take it
away. It is so much easier to have someone
haul it off for you than to try to take care of
disposing of items yourself.
____ Jun 2
Get rid of your usable items. Donate to your
favorite charity, advertise of freecycle, sell on
Craig's List, or have a garage sale. The
important thing is to reduce the clutter. When
you can help someone else in the process, it's
____ Jun 3
Get rid of toxic materials responsibly. In many
areas, municipalities will have toxic waste days
where you can bring toxic wastes like paint,
pesticides, motor oil, cleaners, etc. and
dispose of them safely and responsibly. Check
with your local waste removal company or city
____ Jun 4
Get creative with gift wrap. Why buy expensive
wrapping paper when we have so many
creative ways to use what we have. Use
newsprint and tie it up with a raffia bow, or use
potatoes and food coloring to make stamps to
decorate craft paper.
____ Jun 5
Weed out old medications. Don't flush them
unless the label specifically instructs you to do
so. Contact your city’s trash collectors for
advice as some communities have ‘Take Back’
programs where you bring unused medications
to a specific place to be disposed. Otherwise,
remove the medicine from its original
container, mix it into coffee grounds or kitty
litter, put it in a sealable bag so it doesn’t leak,
and finally toss them in your trash can. (Note: If
you have young children, be sure they have no
access to the medication.)
____ Jun 6
Repurpose what you already have. Food
storage containers can be used to store
makeup, small office supplies, and small toys.
Decorate with leftover wallpaper or wrapping
paper to hold craft supplies.
____ Jun 7
Do one thing! Ask yourself, what one physical
thing can I do. Then do it immediately. Pay that
bill, file that paperwork, put the newspapers
into the recycling bin. Once you do that one
thing, chances are you'll be motivated to do
one more, and one more…
____ Jun 8
Make use of you high energy times. Are you a
morning person? Schedule your most
demanding chores/tasks for morning. Are you a
night person? Schedule yours for night. When
your energy level is at its highest, you will be at
your most efficient.
____ Jun 9
Keep only one calendar for planning. Too much
can go missing when it isn't in one place.
Keeping one calendar for the whole family
ensures that fewer obligations are missed due
to ineffective scheduling.
____ Jun 10
Consolidate, consolidate, consolidate. Group
things together in a way that makes sense. Like
items done together or in succession are much
more likely to get done. When running here and
there and back and forth, we aren't using our
time and energy most efficiently. So, like you
group errands to save gas, group tasks to save
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____ Jun 11
Don't try to do it all at once. Do quick bursts of
organizing throughout the day. A quick pick it
up and put it away session in the morning and
in the evening keeps things tidy. With just ten
minutes at a time, you can get a lot done
throughout the day and you don't end up with a
monumental task that you have to tackle all at
____ Jun 12
Set a timer. Knowing you have a limited
amount of time can push you to work more
efficiently, and take fewer wasted steps. A timer
can also help you get to appointments on time.
Set the timer on your oven or microwave to go
off five minutes before you have to leave. This
saves you from checking the clock constantly.
____ Jun 13
Check the gutters for debris. Many of us think
of this as a spring or fall job, but the truth is that
debris can get caught up in gutters throughout
the year. Make it a regular chore to check those
gutters and prevent water damage before it
____ Jun 14
Avoid household accidents with a few helpful
tips. Fasten throw rug edges so that no one
trips over them. Lock away poisonous items
where children can't reach them.
____ Jun 15
Help keep your home more burglar-proof by
adopting a few simple tips. Lock you doors and
windows at night and when you aren't home.
Keep expensive items out of view of windows
and doors. Let neighbors and local police know
when you are going out of town. Have
newspaper and mail delivery suspended while
you are gone.
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____ Jun 16
Push the reset button. We can sometimes get
overwhelmed in the middle of a task or project.
Sometimes the simple act of stepping back
can make a big difference in our mindset so
we can accomplish the task.
____ Jun 17
Create a kitchen annex. Store seldom used
appliances and serving pieces together in a
closet. If you don't use it regularly it shouldn't
take up valuable real estate in the kitchen.
They'll still be there when you need them, but
they won't be taking up valuable, needed
____ Jun 18
Eliminate superficial clutter. Do a very rapid-fire
sort to get started on an organizing project.
Give yourself time to look only long enough to
decide if it's Trash or Keep. The bigger the
trash pile, the less work you’re going to have
going through the keep pile.
____ Jun 19
Manage your money. Some simple things to
keep on top of your finances are balancing
your checkbook, paying a couple of bills each
evening, reconciling your credit card
statement, reviewing that bank statement for
errors and filing your weekly receipts. These
simple tasks give you a good view of your
____ Jun 20
Quick cleaning can eliminate the need for large
blocks of time being taken up by cleaning. In
the morning after your shower, rinse down the
shower and use a squeegee to cut down on
spotting. You can spritz with a shower cleaning
spray to help cut down on the need for
scrubbing. Use a cloth with a disinfectant to
wipe down the sink, counter, and another for
the toilet. These quick cleanings daily keep
things clean without all the hard work.
____ Jun 21
Simplify mornings. Let's face it, the rush to get
out the door is a tough one. Help simplify it by
setting out clothes the night before for
everyone, making lunches after dinner and
getting all papers signed and into backpacks,
briefcases, etc. the night before. Fewer things
to deal with in the morning rush.
____ Jun 22
Use an external hard drive to back up items on
your computer. It is never a question of if your
computer will fail, only a matter of when it will
fail. Save yourself the expense and hassle of
trying to recover data by doing regular
backups. If you don't want the hardware, there
are online backups available.
____ Jun 23
Check your desk drawer for dried up pens,
markers and highlighters. Clean the trash off of
your desk and create a serene workspace that
is conducive to creativity and productivity.
____ Jun 24
Give your closet a thinning by eliminating
empty hangers, taking the pile of dry cleaning
to the cleaners, and sorting through your
clothing to make sure that you are actually
using what you have in the closet. Donate
those items you aren't using.
____ Jun 25
Gather up the pile of borrowed items that need
to be returned; books to the library, videos to
the video store, etc.
____ Jun 26
Clean out your old makeup in your cosmetic
drawer. There are items that should be
replaced frequently, such as mascara. It
should be replaced every 3 months for safety
____ Jun 27
Start a box for donated items in your closet.
This way as you decide to donate something,
you will already have a place for it to go. As
soon as a charity calls for donations, you will
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____ Jun 28
Think vertical when it comes to storage. There
is a finite amount of floor space in every home
so think about going vertical with your storage.
Book shelves and storage units are great for
organizing and have a very small footprint.
____ Jun 29
Time your tasks. Sometimes we avoid tasks
because we believe they will take too long.
The best way to know for sure how long
something takes is to time it while you do it.
For instance, by timing my making of the bed, I
realized that it only took 4 minutes. Most
people can do 4 minutes every morning.
____ Jun 30
Clean out the fridge and make room for all that
wonderful produce available at a local farmer's
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