September, 2015Welcome 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____ Sep 1Stay on the same page — be sure back-to- school nights, sporting events , etc., are on everyone’s calendar or an easily accessed family calendar.____ Sep 2Get rid of summer clutter and decorations you are tired of or that no longer fit with your decor.____ Sep 3Sort through summer clothing. Discard those you did not wear or that won’t make it another year.____ Sep 4Organize some photos from summer trips.____ Sep 5Wash outdoor pillows or other linens and store them for the winter.____ Sep 6Clean the kitchen and bathroom garbage cans. Take them out to the driveway, add a few drops of dish soap, then hose them out..____ Sep 7Get your heating system inspected and serviced before cold weather comes. It’s a good idea for water heaters too. ____ Sep 8Plan 3 day’s worth of menus. Look at the calendar. If there is a ball game or other evening activity, plan something quick to fix. Late day for you? Perhaps a main dish salad or casserole that can be prepped that morning or the night before. Keep your weekly menu plan to help you assemble menu plans in the future.____ Sep 9Check your medicine cabinet to be sure you have first aid supplies, cold medicines, etc. Discard expired medications.____ Sep 10Dust and clean inside window sills and tracks, especially if the windows have been open during the summer.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.____ Sep 11Tidy and reorganize the linen closet. Beach towels can be stored out of the way to make room for blankets and other winter linens.____ Sep 12Change kitchen towels and other home decor to reflect the new fall season.____ Sep 13 Declutter the bathroom vanity. Get rid of make up you don’t really like, extra brushes , etc. How many eye shadows do you really use? Why are you keeping the others? Eye makeup that is old can breed bacteria.____ Sep 14Now that summer toys and decor have been put away, clean off the front and back porch. Perhaps add some fall decor, like a wreath of colorful leaves for the door.____ Sep 15Clean the grill before retiring it for winter.Keeping on top of everything going on in your life is easy, when you have the Get Organized Now!™ Easy Organizer.____ Sep 16If you will be storing the mower for the winter, drain the gas, clean the filters etc., and be sure they are in good repair for next year.____ Sep 17As you put the lawnmower and other summer tools away, take some time and organize a section of the garage or storage building. You will thank yourself next spring.____ Sep 18Use foods from the freezer before they get freezer burn or get too old. How many meals can you eat from the freezer this week? ____ Sep 19Clean your windows, at least on the outside, before it gets cold.____ Sep 20Begin preparing the garden for fall and winter. Separate perennials that need it, deadhead spent blooms, finish harvesting herbs etc.____ Sep 21Put in some plants for spring. In many parts of the country, planting roses in the fall gives them time to get established before the next hot summer.____ Sep 22Are coats and jackets clean for fall and winter? If not, wash or have them cleaned.____ Sep 23If you have a septic tank, is it time to get it pumped? Recommendations are to have it done every 3-5 years, depending on its size and how many people live in the house.____ Sep 24Get out and enjoy fall weather with a walk or hike in a park.____ Sep 25Inspect the roof or have it inspected, especially if you experienced serious storms this summer..____ Sep 26Get the chimney inspected and cleaned if you have a fireplace. Do not risk carbon monoxide.____ Sep 27Inspect windows and doors for drafts and leaks and repair with weather stripping and caulking.____ Sep 28Clean the gutters or have them cleaned…especially after most of the leaves have fallen if that is an issue.____ Sep 29Tidy the coat closet. Be sure gloves have partners and that umbrellas are convenient.____ Sep 30Yes, it is early, but fall and winter holidays will be here before you know it. Think ahead to decorations or gifts you want to make or buy.
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