GON Organizing Checklist
January, 2015 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 thinking 'what should I do?' required. When the month changes, so does our checklist. Join our weekly newsletter to be notified when the newest checklist is available. For a PRINTABLE VERSION, click here ____ Jan  1 A new year— a fresh start. Be reasonable with New Year resolutions. Strive for better, not perfect. Pick your most desired resolutions, but only 2 or 3. Set specific goals — not “I want to lose weight," but “I want to weigh 5 pounds less by April.” Consider how you will achieve your goals—join a support group, keep a journal. If being more organized is a resolution, what does it mean to you? ____ Jan  2 Clean off your desk. Get rid of unnecessary clutter. Your “active file folders” should be empty, waiting for 2015 paperwork. Pull items needed to do taxes from your 2014 folders and put them in an envelope or file labeled “Taxes 2014.” ____ Jan  3 Today is “Fruitcake Toss Day.” In honor of this holiday, feel free to get rid of the leftover fruitcake no one ate. While you are at it, get rid of food past its date in your refrigerator and pantry. If you are feeling ambitious, replace the shelf liner in your pantry. ____ Jan  4 If you have put off writing Thank You notes  from Christmas, sit down and get them done. If your children need to do the same, have everyone sit down at the table and do them together. ____ Jan  5 If you received or bought new, expensive items for Christmas, photograph them for your home inventory. If you do not have a home inventory, this is a good project to undertake.  ____ Jan  6 Walk through the house and make notes on little projects, such as paint trim, grout resealing. Plan a time to do them or schedule to have them done. Make a list of other projects you would like to get done. Cold days are good for indoor organizing tasks. If some days are more free than others, schedule those days for bigger projects. ____ Jan  7 Put away holiday decorations if you have not done so. Are there some that could or should be discarded? Label boxes of decorations. You will thank yourself next year. ____ Jan  8 Have you ever wanted to take an online class? January is a good time. Many are free, some have a nominal charge. It is possible to find serious subjects, like history, to more fun things, like cake decorating. ____ Jan  9 Put out food for the birds, especially if you live where snow covers their usual sources of food. .____ Jan  10 Go through your cookbooks. Do you really need so many? Recipes and cooking methods change. Does that 20-year-old cookbook still fit with the way you cook now? Want tons of great ideas for getting organized at home and in the office? Check out my books, Finally Organized, Finally Free for the Home and Finally Organized, Finally Free for the Office. Now available in both print and digital PDF format. ____ Jan  11 When weather is cold, plan a special indoor day—have a movie marathon, make popcorn and hot chocolate. If you have things you like to do while the TV is on, like knitting or ironing, you might do those while you watch a movie. ____ Jan  12 Use your slow cooker to make soup or stew and enjoy the aroma as you clean out kitchen cabinet and drawers. By dinner time you will have an organized kitchen and dinner will be ready to serve. ____ Jan  13  Organize computer files. Extra documents pile up here too, just like papers in a file drawer. Spend a few minutes each day getting rid of documents that are no longer useful. ____ Jan  14 It’s “Dress Up Your Pet Day.” While your pets might not appreciate being dressed up, they probably would enjoy some grooming. Bathe pets or take them to the groomer. Cats tend to not like baths, but if your cat is not as clean as you would like, try a waterless shampoo from the pet store. ____ Jan  15 Check to see that outside faucets are well covered if hard freezes are expected. Keeping on top of everything going on in your life is easy, when you have the Get Organized Now!™ Easy Organizer.  ____ Jan  16 Go through the apps on your smart phone, tablet or computer. There are probably some you never use. Why let them take up space? ____ Jan  17 January is “National Blood Donor Month.” Blood banks are often in short supply during the winter. Call a local hospital or clinic and see if they have special days or times to accept donations. ____ Jan  18 There are lots of White Sales in January. Check your linens to see if anything needs replacing. ____ Jan  19 Storage containers and other organizing helpers are on sale this month too. While it is tempting to go and load up on them, do some organizing and cleaning out first so you can see what you really and truly need in the way of containers. .____ Jan  20 When did you last clean out vanity drawers and cabinets? If you don’t have time to do them all at once, start small, one drawer a day. ____ Jan  21 Change your furnace filter. Check your water heaters for any signs of leaks. ____ Jan  22 Vacuum your furniture. Remove cushions and use your vacuum’s upholstery attachment. Check for loose change and small toys first. Comforters and bedspreads can benefit from being vacuumed too. ____ Jan  23 If you haven’t downloaded or printed your Christmas pictures, it’s time to get it done. Keep the ones you love and delete the rest. ____ Jan  24 Update your greeting card cache, or start one. Buy birthday cards ahead so you will be ready. It is also good to have some sympathy, get well, and simple blank cards on hand as well. ____ Jan  25 Go outside and build a snowman if you have snow. If not, take a brisk walk and enjoy the cold fresh air. ____ Jan  26 Try out a new recipe. You probably have a folder (either real or virtual) full of recipes you clipped. Pick one and try it. ____ Jan  27 Tackle one task you hate. Maybe it is cleaning the hood over the stove. Maybe it is washing baseboards. Perhaps it is cleaning the oven. Do it. Then feel virtuous. ____ Jan  28 Buy some flowers at the grocery store or wholesale club. Many bouquets are just a few dollars and add a bright note of cheer on a grey January day. ____ Jan  29 Launder pillows and throws from around the house, especially if your pets like to sleep on them.  How long has it been since you washed the shower curtain or replaced the liner? ____ Jan  30 Laundry rooms frequently become a catch-all room. Remove shoes and other objects that do not belong there. ____ Jan  31 Today is “Inspire Your Heart with Art Day.” Visit a museum or gallery and enjoy the art there. Or spend time creating something yourself.
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