GON Organizing Checklist
October, 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 ____ Oct 1 Visit the farmers market for some fresh local produce. Then try making a vegetarian meal for dinner. ____ Oct 2 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you have put off getting a mammogram, schedule it now. ____ Oct 3 Clean and store patio furniture and summer toys. ____ Oct 4 If you live where the weather is mild in October, it is a great month for washing windows. ____ Oct 5 Decorate with fall colors, warm cushions, and throws. Add a fall wreath on the front door. Add some fall colored dishtowels in the kitchen.  ____ Oct 6 Go for a walk in a local park or recreation area to enjoy the foliage and crisp weather. .____ Oct 7 Clean out your medicine cabinet. If there are medicines no one takes any more, dispose of them safely. Donate with a repository program if your state has one, a local take-back program (sometimes found at pharmacies or police stations). If you must dispose of them at home, mix them with coffee grounds, kitty litter, dirt, etc, seal, and put in the trash. The Environmental Protection agency advises against flushing down the toilet. ____ Oct 8 Change the AC/heating filters. Mark the new filters with the date you put them in. ____ Oct 9 Check the toilet for leaks. If you have ignored a constantly running toilet, you could save a lot of money by fixing it…or making any appointment with your plumber. ____ Oct 10 Check around windows and doors for drafts. Take care of leaks. Do any necessary caulking. Do you need new weather stripping anywhere? 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. ____ Oct 11 Create a compost bin for leaves you rake. Or mow them small and use as mulch for the lawn. ____ Oct 12 If you have a furnace that should be inspected, schedule an inspection before it really gets cold. ____ Oct 13 Change bed linens to reflect the season. If you turn your mattress, this is a good time to do that as well. ____ Oct 14 Got everyone’s costume ready for Halloween? Buy or make any last-minute accessories. ____ Oct 15 Clean off the front porch before putting out fall or Halloween decorations. Keeping on top of everything going on in your life is easy, when you have the Get Organized Now!™ Easy Organizer.  ____ Oct 16 It’s Dictionary Day. Have everyone in the family learn at least one new word. Introduce the new words at dinner or family time. ____ Oct 17 October is a good month to defrost the freezer (If it is in the garage, it is probably not too hot or too cold to be unpleasant.)  Inventory the contents of the freezer while you’re at it. If you find a casserole, use it for dinner this week. ____ Oct 18 It’s a great month for going to a football game. Attend one at your local high school or college. ____ Oct 19 Have your fireplace and chimney cleaned. Be sure to have firewood and kindling ready for the first cool nights. ____ Oct 20 Vacuum drapes and other window treatments. Wipe blinds (possibly the most boring job ever… put on some music or listen to a book on tape to make it more palatable). ____ Oct 21 Visit a local pumpkin patch and pick out pumpkins for carving and decorating. ____ Oct 22 Plant spring bulbs such as daffodils or tulips. In some parts of the country with warmer winters you may need to chill them in the refrigerator for a few weeks first. ____ Oct 23 Drain the garden hoses and store them. ____ Oct 24 Make a Difference Day. Participate in community volunteer work to improve the area in which you live. ____ Oct 25 Try a new pasta recipe or make your family’s favorite one for dinner. .____ Oct 26 Check gutters. Clean them, and downspouts, if needed. ____ Oct 27 Cut back perennial foliage after a frost. ____ Oct 28 Pot some amaryllis bulbs now for indoor blooms at the holidays. ____ Oct 29 When you have cut the grass for the last time, drain the gasoline and clean your mower well. Clean and oil garden tools before storing for winter. ____ Oct 30 Cover outside faucets in anticipation of freezes. ____ Oct 31 Plan a quick and easy dinner so you can go trick or treating with your kids or be ready to hand out treats from your door. Remember to be sure pets are secured so they do not run out when the door is opened or become frightened or too excited by the commotion of the evening. Most areas ask anyone handing out candy to put their porch lights on to indicate that you’re home and you have treats.
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