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Monday, January 1, 2018
Staying organized every month of the year sounds
like a crazy conundrum- but it’s easier than it sounds. Focusing on doing just
one thing every month can help to keep all your belongings manageable. If you
don’t focus on just on thing or don’t do anything at all, you will get to a
point where everything is overwhelming and you become suffocated by all your
stuff. Don’t let this happen to you! Follow the list below of things to do each
month and you’ll be organized in no time!
oNow that the previous year is over,
clear out all holiday things to start your year off fresh
in and push out other holiday paraphernalia
oSwitching out holiday things can also
keep you on track, especially since you don’t want to celebrate Christmas in
oFocus on paperwork this month and
especially getting rid of paperwork you no longer need
a jump on tax return
oWhile on your paperwork whirl, start on
your taxes to get ahead and organized when the time comes to crunch
oNow that warmer weather is about, open
up the windows and get the Lysol out for a big dose of spring cleaning
oIn celebration of your spring
accomplishments, throw a party, highlighting your newly fresh home that might
even make your friends motivated to clean their own homes.
oToo much stuff you just can live
without? Consider putting it in a storage area in order to still own it but it
be out of your daily routine
for the great outdoors
oStart to get summer things ready since
its right around the corner. Make sure to stock up on sunscreen, flip flops,
and sunglasses for the busy summer ahead.
oDon’t just be a bum all summer! Plan to
do things while you have the time to do them, so that come fall, you’ll have
kid’s summer activities
oAlongside your own schedule make sure
you schedule some things for the kids, so that they have memorable summer as
kid’s space before summer vacation
oSummer can also be the perfect time to
purge and clean out all the things that have piled up in the kids room over the
school year. Consider donating toys or other things to charity.
oMom and Dad probably have some things
they can get rid of too. Include the whole family in the yard sale, to get the
most stuff out as possible
for back to school
oThose five words all kids and parents
hate, but they aren’t as bad as they seem. Having a jump start to the school
year can help students be ahead and organized for the rest of the year while
also keeping the home life neat as well.
oSunbathing season is over, so make time to
prepare for cool winds ahead. Making an actual switch in season can help to
keep all belongings in the right spots so that come December, you don’t still
have bathing suits lounging about.
oAs your last hurrah to warm weather,
open up the garage and finally clean it out. When the snow starts coming, you’ll
be happy you can park your car in the garage for once.
and gift lists
oAlways feel rushed in the holiday
season? Start planning ahead so that Christmas time jitters don’t happen. It also
leaves time for certain gifts to get ordered and arrive on time.
oYou’ve accomplished so much in the past
year! Rejoice and keep your clean streak going into the next year
to New Year’s resolution
oMake sure to take a couple minutes
before the ball drop to make a new and improved resolution list. With a newly
cleaned house, things you have had to put off can happen!
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