September, 2014Welcome 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 1Today is Labor Day. Traditionally many head out of town for one last camping trip or other favorite summer activity. If you leave your home for an extended period of time, here are some home security tips. 1) Mow your lawn before your leave. 2) Leave contact information. 3) Use timers for your lights.____ Sep 2Spend time today working on your household routines or cleaning schedule. Ask yourself; How can I change the routines to be more efficient? Do I need to alter the plan to better fit a change in schedules? Have our families’ priorities changed?____ Sep 3Sweep your patio or balcony today.____ Sep 4Keep your letter mailing supplies in one place. Be sure to have envelopes (large and small), stamps and return labels on hand. Replenish any supplies that are low. ____ Sep 5Plan a two-week dinner menu today. Make a list of dinners you and your family enjoy and also list all ingredients needed to prepare each meal.____ Sep 6Create a memory album of your summer. Select favorite photos of your summer activities. If these photos are digital, you can upload them for printing. Label your album ‘Summer 2014’.____ Sep 7Invite family members or friends over for a Sunday lunch or dinner. Make this a tradition once a month or each Sunday where everyone brings food to share.____ Sep 8Clean out laundry room filters for your washing machine and dryer. Take out the filter and replace if necessary.____ Sep 9Floors stay cleaner when shoes are not worn inside of the home. Prepare an area near the front door or garage door where shoes can be placed out of the way when entering. This shoe rack can also house slippers..____ Sep 10Give your living room a thorough dusting. Remove all objects on surfaces and dust the entire surface.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 11Clean and organize your makeup supplies. Take everything out and wash the drawer or container. Replace cosmetics that you don’t use. Wash makeup brushes by running under lukewarm water and let them air dry.____ Sep 12Your garden tools have been used all summer. Now is a good time to clean and sharpen them.____ Sep 13Today a good day for a bike ride with family or friends. Pack a lunch in a back pack. Ride to a destination with a picnic table. Spend time at the park resting and observing the natural surroundings.____ Sep 14Make ice cream sundaes or banana splits. Or make your own ice cream. Ask family, friends and neighbors to bring their favorite toppings.____ Sep 15Clean your microwave today. If you have caked-on food, place a cup of water with lemon juice inside the microwave. Heat up water for approximately two minutes. The steam from the water will make wiping the microwave easier.Keeping on top of everything going on in your life is easy, when you have the Get Organized Now!™ Easy Organizer.____ Sep 16Most of us have craft supplies for our hobbies. Organize your supplies by putting like-items together. Also put items that are used more frequently in an easy to reach spot, while items that are less used can be put in the back or higher on a shelf.____ Sep 17Bring your list of computer passwords up-to-date and delete any old or changed passwords. Use a password manager for storage or a password app.____ Sep 18Clean the outside entry to your home. First sweep the steps or outside the entry. Dust off and wash your front door. Be sure to look above for cobwebs and dust that can be swept away with a broom.____ Sep 19Plan and prepare for a crock-pot dinner tonight. You can cook a whole chicken in your crock pot. Place cut up vegetables on the bottom of your crock pot. Now wash and pat dry a whole chicken. Salt and pepper the outside and inside of the chicken after rubbing it with salad oil. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables. You can add barbeque sauce or drizzle with the juice of a lemon. Now set the crock pot on high for 4 -5 hours or on low for 6 – 8 hours..____ Sep 20Libraries have lots of magazines and videos for you to look at and check out for free. Visit your local library and browse these sections for your favorite topics.____ Sep 21Plan a treasure hunt, leaving clues throughout the house and yard for a final reward!____ Sep 22Enjoy a mug of hot apple cider. At the same time, it is a good day to organize your hot beverage cups. Take them out and clean the shelf. Then consider what mugs you want to keep. Throw away any cracked or chipped cups.____ Sep 23Discard any items in your freezer that are no longer wanted or are past their freshness dates. Reorganize your freezer items for more efficiency.____ Sep 24Clean your dishwasher by wiping the outside clean of finger prints with warm soapy water. Next, clean inside the door edges of food particles with a warm soapy sponge. Food particles that have collected in crevices and corners can be loosened by using a tooth brush. Take out any debris that has collected around the drain. Finally, refresh your dishwasher by placing a glass of vinegar in the dishwasher and running a cycle with hot water.____ Sep 25Clean your baseboards by using the brush attachment to your vacuum cleaner. If they have not been cleaned for over a year, you can use a slightly wet cloth with a small amount of dishwashing liquid soap to wipe the baseboards clean.____ Sep 26Go on a “date” or plan for any group activity for two or more such as: home movies and popcorn, board or card games, puzzles, bake cookies, make crafts together, blow bubbles, etc.____ Sep 27Shrubs, trees and grass usually need one last dose of fertilizer in September to prepare and strengthen them for the winter. Today is a good day for this application.____ Sep 28Now that the weather is cooler, prepare your family coat closet for more use. Is there outer wear you no long use or want? Try to sort and organize the jackets/coats by type and family member. Have a giveaway box ready to toss no longer wanted items and take them to the Goodwill.____ Sep 29Wipe clean the smudges and grime from your household light switch plates. You can use a wet sponge or for more stubborn dirt, fill a bucket with hot water and a small amount of mild soap. ____ Sep 30Carefully climb a ladder and check your gutters...or get a professional to do it for you. Do they need cleaning? Get them cleaned before the cold weather sets in. Twigs and leaves can be taken out by hand, while the finer dirt can be washed out with a hose.
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