by Maria Gracia http://www.getorganizednow.com
____ Jan 1 Use a glass cleaner to clean all the mirrors in your house. Start from the top and work to the bottom of each mirror.
____ Jan 2 Begin cleaning and purging out papers in your file cabinet. Pull out five folders each day or weekly.
____ Jan 3 Take time today to be sure that your yearly calendar has events such as birthdays and anniversaries, appointments, visits, etc. entered for each month.
____ Jan 4 Organize and stock your baking supplies. Keep baking ingredients together for easier use. If possible keep baking utensils, measuring tools, and baking pans within easy reach. Home baking is more fun and easy when everything is available and easy to find.
____ Jan 5 Clean ceiling fans and light fixtures. Wash carefully bulbs and fixtures with mild soap. Wipe clean the tops and bottoms of each blade.
____ Jan 6 The New Year is a good time to prepare or examine a household cleaning schedule. Consider what needs to be done daily, weekly and monthly. Make a plan and write out the schedule for all family members to see. Remember to be flexible and adjust the plan after a week or two of trial.
____ Jan 7 Take down all holiday decorations. Store and pack neatly in containers that are well labeled.
____ Jan 8 Call an elderly person today who you have not seen or spoken with for a long time. Ask them if there is anything they need or help them with an errand.
____ Jan 9 Clean the outside and inside of all trash containers including the recycle bins.
____ Jan 10 Plan two weeks of healthy dinner meals. Think of meals you and/or your family enjoy preparing and eating.
____ Jan 11 Organize a location where the daily mail is sorted. The items needed are a trash can, shredder, recycle bins and holding files separating bills, papers for filing or action needed. Daily sorting of mail makes the paper entering the home more manageable.
____ Jan 12 Take inventory of your shoes in your closet. Give away or discard any shoes you no longer want or need.
____ Jan 13 Look around your living area to see if there is clutter you can eliminate. If it is difficult for you to get rid of household décor that you love, put some of the pieces in a box for storage. You can rotate, setting out a few things at a time. This helps reduce clutter and makes housecleaning a little easier.
____ Jan 14 Take a look at your household snacks. Are they high in fat and sugars? Try to gradually replace them with healthier snacks such as fruit, nuts, rice crackers and/or
low fat dairy foods.
____ Jan 15 Talk as a family about fire safety in your home. Make sure everyone knows what to do and where to go in case of fire. Install a ladder that can be dropped from
second story windows. Thank your local fire department for the past years' service and protection.
____ Jan 16 Check kitchen knives today for sharpness and condition. Good, sharp knives make meal preparation much easier. Sharpen your knives and also scissors. Scissors can be sharpened by slicing up several pieces of sandpaper.
____ Jan 17 Take 15 minutes today to look through all your books. Most people today are reading eBooks. How many books can you remove from your house and replace with equivalent eBooks?
____ Jan 18 Replace all filters. This includes your furnace and also water filters. Purchase new filters to keep extra available at all times.
____ Jan 19 Make a bird feeding area. Spread bird seed in an above-ground planting pot in your back yard.
____ Jan 20 Create a weekly ‘Family Chore Schedule.’ List the chores needed to be done on a weekly basis including meal preparation for each day and let family members sign up for the chores they prefer. This gives family members some choice and responsibility for sharing in getting tasks done.
____ Jan 21 Today you can organize and sort through your coat closet. Take out any clothing etc. that has not been worn or used in over one year. Be sure that your closets
are used for clothing and outer wear instead of a spot to place never or rarely used stuff.
____ Jan 22 Set up a card table in your family room and begin a puzzle. Be sure to have plenty of good lighting.
____ Jan 23 Chinese New Year Day! Have a family meal of Chinese food. Set the table with chopsticks!
____ Jan 24 How is your jewelry stored? Keep a small tray or dish at your bedside for taking off frequently worn jewelry at night. Store all other jewelry in a box or in divided drawers or hanging. Organize your jewelry so that it is kept neat and not tangled.
____ Jan 25 Make the end of the work week special. Prepare for a special movie and snack.
____ Jan 26 Look online for a local park trail. Walk one mile round trip or more, if possible. After your walk, return home and make s'mores by using candles and miniature marshmallows. Too cold to walk outside? Walk in a mall instead, and people watch.
____ Jan 27 Fill a bin with emergency items for the possibility of losing power. Some items to pack are: flashlights, batteries, candles, space blankets, transistor radio, water, crackers, can opener, disposable dishes and utensils.
____ Jan 28 Dust the baseboards of at least one room.
____ Jan 29 Keeping appliance manuals organized and easy to find can be very helpful. Some ideas include: putting them under the appliance itself or putting them in a file folder. The file folder can be labeled with the room name. This can simplify looking for the manual. Be sure to staple the receipt with the manual and include any warranties and/or guarantees.
____ Jan 30 Clean the freezer by taking out all items. Wash the walls and shelves then sort through the freezer items. Throw away anything older than one year. Restock the freezer with items you want and need.
____ Jan 31 Take out your Valentine's Day decorations today. Keep it simple: Purchase any supplies you may need for making homemade Valentine cards.
by Maria Gracia - Get Organized Now! http://www.getorganizednow.com
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