GON Organizing Checklist
November, 2014 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 ____ Nov  1 Remember to set your clocks back one hour for the end of Daylight Savings Time. Change the batteries in your smoke alarms. Enjoy your extra hour of sleep. ____ Nov  2 Thanksgiving is still three weeks away, but it is time to plan for it, especially if you have company coming. Plan the menu. What special tasks need to be done well ahead of time—like ordering a fresh turkey? What dishes can you make ahead of time and freeze? If you are going out to a popular restaurant, make reservations now. ____ Nov  3 Cold weather will arrive soon. Time to get out the blankets and clean them if necessary. When was the last time you changed the filters in the heating/cooling system? This would be a good time. ____ Nov  4 It’s Election Day. Vote for your favorite candidates. Offer to pick up a friend who does not drive and take him or her to vote with you. ____ Nov  5 If your Halloween decorations are not yet put away, it’s time. Display any Thanksgiving decorations.  ____ Nov  6 Go through your makeup drawer and discard cosmetics you never wear or that have been around too long. ____ Nov  7 Are you getting drafts around your windows and doors? Reduce heating bills with new caulking or weather stripping. ____ Nov  8 If the weather is nice, get the family together and go on a walk, a hike, or a bike ride. If the weather is not nice, do something else together like a movie, bowling or board game. ____ Nov  9 Use your camera to inventory your belongings. Store the pictures on a flash or external hard drive in a safe deposit box, or in the cloud. .____ Nov  10 Will you be doing a long trip for Christmas? Make your travel reservations now. 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. ____ Nov  11 Today is Veteran’s Day. Invite a veteran you know for dinner or take some cookies to the closest VA center. Do your children know why we have Veteran’s Day? It is a good time to explain what a Vet is, and why we honor them. ____ Nov  12 How long has it been since you decluttered your underwear drawer? Get rid of any with holes, stretched out elastic, or that you just simply don’t like. Freshen the drawer with some new sachets. ____ Nov  13  Take a damp rag and clean fingerprints from light switches and doorways. If you have metal doorknobs, polish them as you go. ____ Nov  14 Make some hot spiced cider for a chilly evening. ____ Nov  15 It’s less than two weeks until Thanksgiving. Take time away from the planning and grocery shopping and treat yourself to a facial, massage, or get your hair cut and styled. Keeping on top of everything going on in your life is easy, when you have the Get Organized Now!™ Easy Organizer.  ____ Nov  16 If you send holiday cards, update your list and get them done. Set aside until ready to mail. ____ Nov  17 Make sure that all of your pets are up to date on their vaccinations, heart worm prevention, etc. Do the pillows or blankets in their beds or baskets need washing? ____ Nov  18 Does your family have winter coats that they never wear? Now is a good time to donate them. ____ Nov  19 Clean out your email boxes. Shopping ads pile up faster than ever as we get closer to holidays. Try to clean out your inbox or inboxes at least once a day. .____ Nov  20 Declutter kids’ clothing. Let older kids help. ____ Nov  21 If there will be small children at your house during the holidays, go through each room and look for ways to child proof it. Put away favorite fragile objects that could be broken easily. ____ Nov  22 This is the last weekend before Thanksgiving. Time to do all you can to be ready. If you are having overnight guests, is the guest room clean and welcoming? Are coat closets ready for guest’s coats. Are the bathrooms clean? If your turkey is still in the freezer, get it out to thaw in the refrigerator. ____ Nov  23 If you are taking a dish to someone’s home for Thanksgiving dinner, be sure you have all the ingredients. Plan your menus for the week and grocery shop early today, the grocery stores will be crowded later. ____ Nov  24 If the day after Thanksgiving is your favorite day to shop, plan it. There are sites on the internet that reveal the sales at many stores. Do your research, and plan your trip. ____ Nov  25 Do last minute shopping for Thanksgiving. Do as much ahead as possible, even setting the table if you can. Cover it with a sheet to keep curious kitties off if necessary. ____ Nov  26 What is left to do before the holiday? Hopefully, not too much. Check your planning list and go through the house one more time to be sure you have everything done. ____ Nov  27 Happy Thanksgiving. Give thanks for all the blessings in your life, big and small. Go around the dining table and let everyone tell one thing for which they are thankful. ____ Nov  28 If you love Black Friday, get out early, dressed comfortably, and follow the game plan you made out a few days ago. If Black Friday is not your idea of fun, gather the family up and go to a movie or other special outing. Or enjoy watching a movie at home, happy knowing you are not in the crowds jockeying for a parking spot or waiting in line. ____ Nov  29 With Thanksgiving over, use the turkey carcass to make some homemade turkey soup. Use a tried and true family recipe or search for a totally new one on internet cooking sites or in your cookbooks. ____ Nov  30 Take down any Fall or Thanksgiving Decorations. If you like to have your Christmas tree up for the month of December, it’s a good day to put it up, with family there to help and decorate it.
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