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GON Organizing Checklist
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
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____ May 1
Today is May Day. Traditionally flowers are
given anonymously to neighbors. Pick a small
bouquet of any kind of flower, tie a string
around the stems, make a basket with a
handle out of construction paper then hang the
flowers on a neighbor's doorknob.
____ May 2
Your outside plants and shrubs are taking off
growing and they need a dose of fertilizer this
time of year to keep them vigorous. You can
use any multi-purpose fertilizer.
____ May 3
Make homemade hamburgers for dinner
tonight. Try to include all the fixings with plenty
of vegetables, i.e. lettuce, tomato slices,
pickles, onion slices and fresh spinach for
everyone to build their own burger.
____ May 4
Plan to organize your outdoor garden tools.
Maybe some duplicate tools need to be sold or
donated. Keep like items together, for
example, all chemical yard products together
in a box. Also, hang items for ease in finding.
____ May 5
Today is Cinco de Mayo meaning ‘Fifth of May.’
It is an anniversary of a famous battle won by
Mexico against the French. Today we honor
the Mexican culture and food. Celebrate today
with your family and prepare your favorite
traditional Mexican cuisine.
____ May 6
Sweep your backyard deck, porch or patio...
washing and scrubbing if necessary to rid it of
all winter dirt and debris.
____ May 7
Clean the coils of your refrigerator. Dust can
cause refrigerators to run less efficiently.
____ May 8
If it is a nice day, take your artificial silk flowers
outside to clean. Spray the plants with a
cleaner specifically for dusting artificial plants.
____ May 9
Time to organize your bath towels. Take out all
towels from your storage area. Choose only
towels in good condition to return to your
shelves. Consider buying new towels of the
same color. It is easier if towels are all one
color, such as white, so they can be put in the
washing machine together with a small amount
of bleach. Towels that are in poor condition can
be cut in half and used for rags.
.____ May 10
This evening is a good night for ‘date night.’
Plan to have dinner away from home to spend
time one-on-one with your partner.
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____ May 11
Check your local paper for the movie schedule.
Pick a family approved movie for everyone to
____ May 12
Today is Mother's Day. Plan a simple
celebration of treats or flowers and a card to
recognize your mother or anyone special who
has contributed beautifully to the difficult job of
raising and upbringing a child.
____ May 13
Finalize your summer vacation plans. Be sure
to mark all dates on the calendar of departures
and arrivals for each family member.
____ May 14
Depending on the product you have in your
home for hard floors will depend on what
cleaning products you will use for cleaning.
One method is to first sweep or vacuum the
floor; next, wash the floor with water and/or
cleaning product. Then finally one can also dry
mop the floor to get up any dirt not previously
picked up and to help the floor dry faster so
that it can be walked on sooner.
____ May 15
Clean your sofas today. Be sure to take the
cushions off, if possible, and vacuum the inside
of your sofa. Also, use the appropriate
attachments on your vacuum to clean the back
and top of your sofa. Fabric sofas can then be
treated with a fabric freshening spray. If your
sofas are not fabric, use a dust cleaner sprayed
on a rag and wipes all sides from top to bottom.
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____ May 16
Check your supply of tablecloths. It is best to
have neutral colors in sizes to fit your dining
table with and without table extensions. A
wipeable tablecloth can be great for everyday
use. Also, a supply of seasonal tablecloths can
be put out for the different holidays of the year.
Organize your tablecloths by size keeping like
sizes in the same location with labels.
____ May 17
Celebrate the end of another work week by
making brownies or fudge from scratch. Try to
include as many household members in the
preparation as possible.
____ May 18
Before hot weather arrives, it is good to check
the condition of window weather stripping or
apply weather stripping on windows if there is
none. There are many types that can be
purchased inexpensively at any hardware
store. It is also an easy project.
____ May 19
Find a quiet spot in the house or somewhere
you can spend time reading your favorite book
or a new book.
____ May 20
Clean your bathroom tile and grout today. The
secret to keeping grout clean is to clean it
frequently. If yours is especially dirty, try
making a paste of baking soda and water, and
then use this paste to scrub the grout with an
____ May 21
Clean all counter tops in your kitchen. With a
hot soapy sponge or cloth wipe all your
surfaces and counters in your kitchen. Begin
on the left side of the room and work your way
around to where you started. Be sure to first
clear off the counters completely including all
small appliances and decorations. Wait until
the counter tops are thoroughly dry before
replacing any items.
____ May 22
Vacuum and dust under your bed. Pull your
bed away from the wall and vacuum behind
the bed and dust the back side of the head
board. Take any items stored under the bed
out. Consider reducing or better organizing
these storage items.
____ May 23
Make a vacation checklist of household
chores, etc. to do before leaving town. This list
can include items such as: stop paper, hold
mail, turn off computers, pull drapes, set timed
lights, etc. Put this list inside your travel bag so
that you have it available when you are
____ May 24
Start your family's weekend off with healthy
snacking. Some healthy afternoon snacks
ideas include celery spread with peanut butter
and topped with raisins, kabobs made of
skewered fruit chunks, fruit smoothies made
with yogurt or whole wheat crackers and
cheese slices. Be sure that everyone helps
with preparations and clean up!
.____ May 25
Plan a family outing that includes physical
exercise such as: bowling, skating, biking,
playing tennis or basketball together.
____ May 26
Make this a day of rest. Enjoy your favorite
activity with those you love.
____ May 27
Today is Memorial Day. This is a day to honor
veterans and others who have passed away
by visiting local memorial sites or monuments.
If possible, place a flag in your front yard.
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____ May 28
Look in your garage today to find at least one
thing that is no longer used or wanted. Take
this item (or more) to Goodwill or another
____ May 29
Clean the dashboard of your car today. Spray
a cloth with car cleaner and wipe the
dashboard and all of the area around the front
and under the windshield. Wipe the inside of
each door too.
____ May 30
Wash any outdoor furniture. Use a bucket and
sponge. First spray the furniture with a hose.
Next wipe down with sponge dipped in hot
soapy water. Next rinse off the furniture with
the hose and lastly use towels to wipe dry the
____ May 31
Clean your window sills today. Use a dust cloth
sprayed with dusting cleaner. Wipe the window
sills and clean out the window tracts with a
vacuum cleaner then wiping.
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