GON Organizing Checklist
December, 2016 Ho, Ho, Ho…and away we go! It’s the last month of 2016. Let’s make it your most organized ever! Here is our NEW December, 2016 Organizing Checklist! Join our weekly newsletter to be notified when the newest checklist is available. For a PRINTABLE VERSION, click here ____ Dec 1 December, so many holidays—Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza…and they all take preparation. Use today to plan. Plan food. Plan gifts. Plan decorations. Write down everything you can think of that will need doing. You can organize it after it is all on paper . ____ Dec 2 Schedule one 10-minute cleaning project a day on your calendar…and get it handled. ____ Dec 3 Today is a good day to get out the Christmas decorations and begin putting them on display. ____ Dec 4 Wash any bed linens you haven’t gotten to in awhile. ____ Dec 5 If a family photo is part of your holiday tradition, schedule it. Make appointments for haircuts, and be sure clothes are clean and ready.  ____ Dec 6 If you are going to be traveling, confirm travel plans and reservations. .____ Dec 7 Schedule a day to go Christmas shopping, either in the stores or online. Get as much done ahead as you can. ____ Dec 8 Do not forget to have a few emergency gifts on hand to avoid last minute panic. ____ Dec 9 Mail out-of-town presents. Lines at the post office get longer as the month goes on. E-gift cards are an easy way to give gifts too. ____ Dec 10 If your mall has an “Angel Tree,” stop by and choose a child to shop for. Involve the whole family in selecting gifts. Want a clutter-free home once and for all? Check out my brand new Goodbye Clutter resource! Visit: http://www.getorganizednow.com/goodbye-clutter-sl.html?cl ____ Dec 11 Clean out the refrigerator. Eat as much as you can out of your current supply this month to keep the refrigerator fairly empty for holiday foods you’ll need to keep chilled. ____ Dec 12 Make a gingerbread house…with your kids, your grandkids, or by yourself! ____ Dec 13 Keep sidewalks clear of ice and debris for the mail deliverer and others who come to your door. ____ Dec 14 Wrap presents. Some people like to wrap as they go; others prefer a wrapping marathon. Do what works best for you. ____ Dec 15 Make cookie dough and freeze if you will not be using within a couple of days. Making dough one day, and baking on another, cuts down on time and mess in the kitchen. Do you want more time in your day to get things done AND to find the time to do what you love? Check out my 501 Tips and Ideas for Finding More Time resource! Visit: http://www.getorganizednow.com/time.html?cl ____ Dec 16 School will be out for Christmas Break soon. You might want to run any errands that you can do more easily without “helpers.” ____ Dec 17 Today is National Regifting Day. Host a White Elephant Party. ____ Dec 18 If you like to send holiday cards and have not addressed them yet, get them done. ____ Dec 19 If you have young children who will visit Santa, try to find a time when it is less crowded. ____ Dec 20 Unearth your holiday DVDs or stream some festive movies. Make hot cocoa and popcorn to enjoy before you sit down and get cozy. ____ Dec 21 Watch out for your pets during the holidays. Keep ribbons or tinsel away. Don’t give them rich foods or onions, chocolate etc. You can find a list of foods to avoid on the internet. ____ Dec 22 Look over your notes and lists to be sure you have the important things done. ____ Dec 23 If you have a flexible spending account, you may need to use it up this month so as not to lose it. Some give you a couple months grace period into the new year. Check to see what yours does. ____ Dec 24 Christmas Eve…have someone read “The Night Before Christmas” out loud. In addition, Hanukkah  begins at sunset and ends nightfall of Sunday, January 1. ____ Dec 25 Enjoy every moment of Christmas with your loved ones far and near! ____ Dec 26 Kwanza begins. It is also National Thank You Note Day. Sit down (with your kids or grandkids if applicable) and get them written. ____ Dec 27 Restock your supplies of gift wrap, holiday cards, decorations, etc. Many stores have them on clearance. Make a note in your holiday notebook of things you will need to buy next year. ____ Dec 28 This is a good week to unwind from the holidays. Enjoy time with family, a good book, and/or a favorite hobby. ____ Dec 29 Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? What would you like to accomplish next year? The more specific your plans, the more likely you will be to bring them to fruition. ____ Dec 30 Do any last-minute preparations for your New Year’s celebration. ____ Dec 31 New Year’s Eve. Be safe…and enjoy the last day of the year!
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