GON Organizing Checklist
August, 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 ____ Aug 1 Fill bird baths, bird or hummingbird feeders, and waterers. Be sure pets have access to fresh water. ____ Aug 2 Do outside work and errand running in the morning, while it is still relatively cool. ____ Aug 3 Make appointments for school physicals before it is hard to get in. ____ Aug 4 Go school clothing-shopping. Consider clothing swaps with other parents, especially if your kids wear a uniform for school. ____ Aug 5 Start a new walking routine. Go early mornings or before sunset when it is less hot.  ____ Aug 6 When looking at back to school items, consider that many of them would make cute stocking stuffers you can tuck away. .____ Aug 7 The heat of August is a great time for salads. Make them early in the day so they are well chilled at dinnertime. ____ Aug 8 Dust fan blades on ceiling fans throughout the house. Use a pillowcase to dust and catch the dirt or a special ceiling fan brush. ____ Aug 9 Dust air vents and change air conditioning filters. ____ Aug 10 Take advantage of farmers markets or your garden. Preserve or freeze some summer bounty like tomatoes. 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. ____ Aug 11 Have you renegotiated your cable bill lately? Unless you are still under a contract, you can often get significant reductions by just asking. ____ Aug 12 Catch up on correspondence. Write letters you owe and see how relieved you feel. ____ Aug 13 Magazines piled up? Set aside an afternoon to flip through them and pull out the articles you really want to read. Toss the rest. ____ Aug 14 Clean out the cabinet under the kitchen sink. Put away or get rid of stuff that got stuck there hurriedly. ____ Aug 15 Wash pet beds and blankets. Keeping on top of everything going on in your life is easy, when you have the Get Organized Now!™ Easy Organizer.  ____ Aug 16 Cook once, eat twice. Make double for some meals and freeze half for a busy day. ____ Aug 17 Clean the inside of the refrigerator. Get those sticky spills up. Compost the fuzzy green things from the crisper drawer. ____ Aug 18 Organize your bookshelves. Donate books you no longer want. Have your kids go through their books and do the same. Dust and tidy the books you are keeping. ____ Aug 19 If you didn't do it when school got out, clean out backpacks, and tidy launch pads areas. Have kids clean out their desks and set up for homework. A few new desk accessories might help to motivate them. ____ Aug 20 Go through your plastic containers. Get rid of containers without lids or lids without containers. ____ Aug 21 Sort through DVDs and organize them in a way that allows you to find what you want. ____ Aug 22 Wash bath mats and kitchen mats. ____ Aug 23 Check to be sure all pets are up to date on shots and medications. ____ Aug 24 Consider a Garage Sale if you have summer things (toys, clothing, lawn equipment) you would like to get rid of. Get my new Garage Sale Toolkit to ensure you sell the majority of your sale items while making maximum profit! ____ Aug 25 Contact other parents to set up carpools to school or other activities. .____ Aug 26 Plan one last summer fun get together for family or with friends at the pool or waterpark. ____ Aug 27 Set up an organization station for coming school year…perhaps a bulletin board with space for things that need to be signed, etc. ____ Aug 28 Designate a shelf or bin for extra school supplies. When you find paper, crayons, and other school supplies on sale, buy some and put in the bin to have on hand. ____ Aug 29 Tidy the “landing pad”—the place where keys, phones, and odds and ends are dropped when family members come in. ____ Aug 30 Harvest herbs from your garden to dry. Hang them upside down in a dark, dry area, or carefully dry in the microwave. If you have an abundance of basil, freeze it in water in ice cube trays or make pesto and freeze. ____ Aug 31 Defrost the freezer, especially if it is in a warm place like the garage, where it works extra hard during the summer.
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