<p><img src="http://home-making-organized.infantbabyneeds.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/clipboard.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></p> <pre style="word-wrap: break-word; white-space: pre-wrap;">Here is your December 2012 Home Organizing Checklist</pre> ____ Dec 1 The holiday season is just getting started. Bake a family favorite cookie. Place some cookies on a plate wrapped in cellophane and share with a neighbor. ____ Dec 2 Greeting cards or e-cards can be sent out today to close family and friends wishing them wonderful warm thoughts and happy memories during this festive, special time of year. ____ Dec 3 Clean at least one piece of wood furniture. You can use commercial wood cleaners or polishes. It is best to apply the cleaner to a dry, clean cloth and then rub wood in the direction of the grain. ____ Dec 4 Do a computer clean up. Run a virus scan and also a disk cleaner. Performing these procedures on a regular basis will keep your computer running smoothly. ____ Dec 5 As a family, make simple holiday decorations using Styrofoam balls. Purchase decoration items to glue or puncture through the Styrofoam. These homemade decorations can be displayed in a glass bowl or hang using yarn or string. ____ Dec 6 Go on an outing to the public library via public transportation, if possible. Look for displays of holiday books and videos. ____ Dec 7 Sweep outside your front door. Clean the outside entryway of dirt, leaves and debris. Sweep off steps, the balcony and/or the patio area that leads to your front door. ____ Dec 8 Today Hanukkah begins at sunset. This festival is observed by the lighting of the Menorah. ____ Dec 9 Go window shopping today or tonight at your local shopping area to look at all the lights and holiday displays. Stop to have cocoa or coffee with a sweet treat. ____ Dec 10 Take inventory of holiday gifts and gift lists. Make a goal today to finish gift selection and purchasing either through shopping online or local stores.
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____ Dec 11 Write out your menu for foods and meals for Christmas day, being sure to include all ingredients needed for preparation. ____ Dec 12 Assess your supply of nonfood items needed for the holidays such as extra batteries, photo accessories, candles, etc. ____ Dec 13 Sweep the garage of dust, cobwebs and dirt. Be sure to clear cobwebs from windows if any. ____ Dec 14 Wash the inside of all bedroom windows. Clean out the window tracking with vacuum cleaner. If you need to, use an old toothbrush or toothpicks to scrape corner dirt. Then vacuum. You can further clean the track using Q- tips dipped in a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Finally, dust and polish the window seal. ____ Dec 15 Take down bedroom window treatments and wash. Then iron. Alternately, take them to cleaners if needed. ____ Dec 16 Look online for a recipe for popcorn balls. Make the treat together with friends and/or family then share with a neighbor. ____ Dec 17 Gather together items needed for overnight house guests. Make a basket/box of small toiletries, collect or purchase guest towels etc. and extra bedding. ____ Dec 18 Clean out the refrigerator, making room for holiday dishes and ingredients. Take out every item, and then wash the inside walls and shelves. Replace the items you need while purging dated and unwanted foods. Put empty storage containers in the dishwasher. Be sure to recycle any plastics you no longer need. ____ Dec 19 To avoid becoming exhausted in the next few days, make a daily schedule for tasks that need to be done before Christmas day. Try not to procrastinate. It is never too early to clean or prepare most anything. ____ Dec 20 Spend time today finishing wrapping and labeling all gifts and presents for everyone on your gift giving list.
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____ Dec 21 Today is the first day of winter. Celebrate the
winter solstice. Make a cake and decorate with candles. ____ Dec 22 Holiday movie time is special. Pull out the classics and make a munching treat! ____ Dec 23 See the Christmas lights on foot. Take a stroll in the evening through your neighborhood, alone or with family, friends, or neighbors. Take a vote on the winning decorated house. ____ Dec 24 Prepare any dishes you can in advance. Set out serving bowls, plates and utensils needed for holiday meals. ____ Dec 25 Make it a lovely day for yourself and others. Keep it simple.
____ Dec 26 Pick up all trash and wrapping paper. Be sure to have recycle bins ready for separating the different items. ____ Dec 27 After-holiday sales are going strong now. Leave early for fewer crowds. Go with the intention of only getting items you truly need. Keep the trip fun by adding in time to rest and refresh. ____ Dec 28 Find a place in your house for each new gift you received for Christmas and put it in its place. Are there some items you can get rid of and replace with the new item you just received? Avoid adding clutter to your home. ____ Dec 29 If you are entertaining for the New Year holiday, do what you need to ensure adequate ice for beverages. You can fill ice trays now and empty into plastic bags to ensure you have plenty on hand. ____ Dec 30 Make sure your celebration of the New Year is safe. If you are planning to go out for New Year's Eve, plan for a designated driver. If you are entertaining in your home, let guests know you will be collecting their keys at the door. Call in advance for rates and services of taxis and/or limos. Be sure to serve plenty of food to reduce the effects of alcohol. Stop serving alcohol an hour before the party ends. ____ Dec 31 Traditional New Year's resolutions are for considering areas in your life you want to make better. Give careful thought to what you truly desire in your life. "A life not examined is a life not worth living." -- Socrate ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ by Maria Gracia - Get Organized Now! http://www.getorganizednow.com FREE Idea-Pak and E-zine filled with tips, ideas, articles and more to help you organize your home, your office and your life at the Get Organized Now! Web site!