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August 2022

by Maria Gracia My NEW August Organizing Checklist provides an organizing TO DO for every day of the month… Join our newsletter to be notified when the newest Monthly Organizing Checklist is available. For a PRINTABLE VERSION, click here ____ Aug 1 Set up a system for incoming school papers. If you have kids in school, it’s a great time to set up incoming and outgoing trays for papers that parents/caregivers have to read and sign. ____ Aug 2 Contemplate your routines. Are you keeping up with your TO DOs, getting to where you need to be on time, or needing to change your schedule for the back-to-school season? It’s a good time to sit back with a notepad and pen and jot down some routines that could use adjusting. ____ Aug 3 Wash/scrub bird poop off outdoor furniture. Our feathered friends really do seem to make themselves at home sometimes. Wash/scrub their droppings off your outdoor tables, chairs, and deck railings. ____ Aug 4 Wipe smudges off your windows. Are there hand prints or pet nose prints on your windows? Wipe those smudges away. ____ Aug 5 National Underwear Day. Inventory your underwear drawer. Get rid of those that are ripped or frayed. Replenish your inventory, if needed, with fresh, new ones.  ____ Aug 6 Add a hook somewhere where it’s needed. Perhaps you need to hang an umbrella, a dog leash, or kid backpacks and/or library totes. .____ Aug 7 Give your pet some love. Does your dog need a bath? Does your cat or bunny need a new water bowl? ____ Aug 8 Commit to catching up with your email. Set your watch to sound at a specific time each day, and delete/delete/delete until everything you don’t need is gone. ____ Aug 9 Finalize back-to-school preparation. Have you purchased school supplies? Have your kids tried on last year’s clothes to see what still fits? You may have to get a shopping trip on the calendar, whether you’re planning to do so in person or online. ____ Aug 10 Do a small project. Do you have a small project you’ve been meaning to get to? A computer keyboard that is dusty or yucky? A squeaky cabinet that needs WD-40? A shelf that looks messy? Get that project done today. ____ Aug 11 Assess your lawn. Does it need to be re-seeded? Mowed? De-thatched? Get that job started today, or call your lawn professional and make an appointment. ____ Aug 12 Delete 25 phone photos that you don’t need. It’s a good way to begin decluttering your phone. ____ Aug 13 National Garage Sale Day. Host a garage sale, or visit one. Use my Garage Sale Toolkit as your guide. ____ Aug 14 Establish a homework or paperwork station. Whether you have kids or not, both of these tasks, homework and/or home paperwork, should have a designated and consistent place where it’s done. ____ Aug 15 Start prepping for the upcoming holiday season. No, it’s not too early! Perhaps think about taking a family photo for your holiday cards, or making a list of gift ideas, or sorting through last year’s décor to see what you have…and what you no longer need. My Christmas Holiday Planner can help you stay organized. ____ Aug 16 Inspect your home for gaps. Walk around your home and check for gaps where unwanted critters can enter. It’s a good time to seal those with caulk or spray foam. ____ Aug 17 Trim shrubs that are getting overgrown. I know, this isn’t exactly a fun job, but the more overgrown they get, the bigger and more time-consuming this project will be. ____ Aug 18 Weed out and clean out a bathroom cabinet or shelf. Doing just one won’t take too much time, and you’ll be well on your way to a more organized bathroom. ____ Aug 19 Do you have an overload of backyard veggies? If you grow your own veggies and have an overload, either can or freeze some of them…or share them with neighbors. ____ Aug 20 Remove any food bits from your dishwasher tray. You’ll have to reach way to the back to do this, but bits of food often land in that tray and they should be removed weekly. ____ Aug 21 Start saving for something. Whether you want to save for holiday gifts, a new car, a vacation, or whatever it is, it’s a good time to do so. Open a special account at your bank just for this purpose and commit to depositing a set amount in it every time you get paid. ____ Aug 22 Get rid of your surplus of plastic grocery bags. Do you have more than you’ll ever use in a lifetime? Recycle them. ____ Aug 23 Check and replenish emergency kits. It’s a great time to refill band aids, gauze, anti-bacterial gel, etc. If you have a kid going off to college, this makes a useful college dorm addition to add to your shopping list. ____ Aug 24 Have a peek at your garden rake. Is it still in good working condition, or do you need a replacement? It’s a good time to check before the fall leaves begin to drop. ____ Aug 25 Buy birthday cards for the remainder of the year. Check your calendar for birthdays in September, October, and November. Pick up greeting cards, as needed, for all birthdays in those months, so you’re prepared to mail them as each comes up. You’ll be happy you won’t have to run out of your house to get one on a cold day. ____ Aug 26 National Toilet Paper Day. Stock up toilet paper for any bathrooms that are running low. ____ Aug 27 Consolidate any tiny notes and scraps of paper. Random notes and scraps of paper easily get lost. Transfer the information on those notes to your TO DO list, phone contact list, etc. Use a tool like the Get Organized Now! Easy Organizer to keep all of your information organized and in one place. ____ Aug 28 Start getting your outside quarters ready for fall. Yes, it’s still summer, but it’s a great time to begin putting away items you are done using for the season, like pool gear, kids portable pools, and gardening tools. ____ Aug 29 Keep gift cards received together. When you receive a gift card, immediately store it in an envelope with your other gift cards. Keep this envelope where you can easily find them when you want to use them. If you tend to forget to use gift cards, set a recurring monthly appointment on your phone labeled, “Check Gift Cards” as a reminder that they’re there for you to use. ____ Aug 30 Plan your fall calendar. Plan TO DOs focused on getting tasks and projects completed…and fun TO Dos as well. ____ Aug 31 Find and save 5 recipes for easy dinners. Dinner on busy weeknights should not take more than 20 minutes to prepare. Find 5 recipes that fit this criteria and save them where you’ll find them…3-hole punched into a binder or on a well-labeled Pinterest board. Back to Monthly Organizing Checklists Index
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by Maria Gracia Our NEW August Organizing Checklist provides an organizing TO DO for every day of the month… Join our newsletter to be notified when the newest Monthly Organizing Checklist is available. For a PRINTABLE VERSION, click here ____ Aug 1 Set up a system for incoming school papers. If you have kids in school, it’s a great time to set up incoming and outgoing trays for papers that parents/caregivers have to read and sign. ____ Aug 2 Contemplate your routines. Are you keeping up with your TO DOs, getting to where you need to be on time, or needing to change your schedule for the back-to-school season? It’s a good time to sit back with a notepad and pen and jot down some routines that could use adjusting. ____ Aug 3 Wash/scrub bird poop off outdoor furniture. Our feathered friends really do seem to make themselves at home sometimes. Wash/scrub their droppings off your outdoor tables, chairs, and deck railings. ____ Aug 4 Wipe smudges off your windows. Are there hand prints or pet nose prints on your windows? Wipe those smudges away. ____ Aug 5 National Underwear Day. Inventory your underwear  drawer. Get rid of those that are ripped or frayed. Replenish your inventory, if needed, with fresh, new ones.  ____ Aug 6 Add a hook somewhere where it’s needed. Perhaps you need to hang an umbrella, a dog leash, or kid backpacks and/or library totes. .____ Aug 7 Give your pet some love. Does your dog need a bath? Does your cat or bunny need a new water bowl? ____ Aug 8 Commit to catching up with your email. Set your watch to sound at a specific time each day, and delete/delete/delete until everything you don’t need is gone. ____ Aug 9 Finalize back-to-school preparation. Have you purchased school supplies? Have your kids tried on last year’s clothes to see what still fits? You may have to get a shopping trip on the calendar, whether you’re planning to do so in person or online. ____ Aug 10 Do a small project. Do you have a small project you’ve been meaning to get to? A computer keyboard that is dusty or yucky? A squeaky cabinet that needs WD-40? A shelf that looks messy? Get that project done today. ____ Aug 11 Assess your lawn. Does it need to be re-seeded? Mowed? De-thatched? Get that job started today, or call your lawn professional and make an appointment. ____ Aug 12 Delete 25 phone photos that you don’t need. It’s a good way to begin decluttering your phone. ____ Aug 13 National Garage Sale Day. Host a garage sale, or visit one. Use my Garage Sale Toolkit as your guide. ____ Aug 14 Establish a homework or paperwork station. Whether you have kids or not, both of these tasks, homework and/or home paperwork, should have a designated and consistent place where it’s done. ____ Aug 15 Start prepping for the upcoming holiday season. No, it’s not too early! Perhaps think about taking a family photo for your holiday cards, or making a list of gift ideas, or sorting through last year’s décor to see what you have…and what you no longer need. My Christmas Holiday Planner can help you stay organized. ____ Aug 16 Inspect your home for gaps. Walk around your home and check for gaps where unwanted critters can enter. It’s a good time to seal those with caulk or spray foam. ____ Aug 17 Trim shrubs that are getting overgrown. I know, this isn’t exactly a fun job, but the more overgrown they get, the bigger and more time-consuming this project will be. ____ Aug 18 Weed out and clean out a bathroom cabinet or shelf. Doing just one won’t take too much time, and you’ll be well on your way to a more organized bathroom. ____ Aug 19 Do you have an overload of backyard veggies? If you grow your own veggies and have an overload, either can or freeze some of them…or share them with neighbors. ____ Aug 20 Remove any food bits from your dishwasher tray. You’ll have to reach way to the back to do this, but bits of food often land in that tray and they should be removed weekly. ____ Aug 21 Start saving for something. Whether you want to save for holiday gifts, a new car, a vacation, or whatever it is, it’s a good time to do so. Open a special account at your bank just for this purpose and commit to depositing a set amount in it every time you get paid. ____ Aug 22 Get rid of your surplus of plastic grocery bags. Do you have more than you’ll ever use in a lifetime? Recycle them. ____ Aug 23 Check and replenish emergency kits. It’s a great time to refill band aids, gauze, anti-bacterial gel, etc. If you have a kid going off to college, this makes a useful college dorm addition to add to your shopping list. ____ Aug 24 Have a peek at your garden rake. Is it still in good working condition, or do you need a replacement? It’s a good time to check before the fall leaves begin to drop. ____ Aug 25 Buy birthday cards for the remainder of the year. Check your calendar for birthdays in September, October, and November. Pick up greeting cards, as needed, for all birthdays in those months, so you’re prepared to mail them as each comes up. You’ll be happy you won’t have to run out of your house to get one on a cold day. ____ Aug 26 National Toilet Paper Day. Stock up toilet paper for any bathrooms that are running low. ____ Aug 27 Consolidate any tiny notes and scraps of paper. Random notes and scraps of paper easily get lost. Transfer the information on those notes to your TO DO list, phone contact list, etc. Use a tool like the Get Organized Now! Easy Organizer to keep all of your information organized and in one place. ____ Aug 28 Start getting your outside quarters ready for fall. Yes, it’s still summer, but it’s a great time to begin putting away items you are done using for the season, like pool gear, kids portable pools, and gardening tools. ____ Aug 29 Keep gift cards received together. When you receive a gift card, immediately store it in an envelope with your other gift cards. Keep this envelope where you can easily find them when you want to use them. If you tend to forget to use gift cards, set a recurring monthly appointment on your phone labeled, “Check Gift Cards” as a reminder that they’re there for you to use. ____ Aug 30 Plan your fall calendar. Plan TO DOs focused on getting tasks and projects completed…and fun TO Dos as well. ____ Aug 31 Find and save 5 recipes for easy dinners. Dinner on busy weeknights should not take more than 20 minutes to prepare. Find 5 recipes that fit this criteria and save them where you’ll find them…3-hole punched into a binder or on a well-labeled Pinterest board. Back to Monthly Organizing Checklists Index
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