Organizing Checklist for October 24-29

Posted on 24 October 2010

Organizing Checklist for October 24-29

Jewish Life’s Weekly Organizing Checklist

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_____ Baking soda is a wonderful deodorizer. Take a few minutes to put some in a cup in your fridge, sprinkle some in your outdoor and indoor garbage bins and wherever else in your home there is potential for odor.

_____ If you receive a lot of free promotional items, like free water bottles and coffee travel mugs like I do, you’ll want to take some time to purge what is yucky or unusable, or just taking up valuable space in your kitchen cabinets. Pick one or two favorite travel mugs per person in your family and chuck the rest.

_____ Begin working on getting your laundry system down to a science. Pick a laundry system that works for you (read about this one here: and start to solidify where you take off clothes, where you designate them until they are brought to the laundry room, how they are sorted in the laundry room, where they get folded etc. Laundry is a process and I’m just asking you to begin thinking about what works and what doesn’t. We’ll finish up what you started in the coming weeks.

_____ Continue to donate any clothes that just don’t work for you anymore. This is an ongoing activity and the more you get used to purging, the easier it becomes. It’s great to donate clothing now before tax season, just save all your receipts to show what you can claim for tax deductions.

_____ Here’s a fun one for the upcoming cold season: Plan your vacations now. Do you have plans to take a vacation? What are you doing with all of those travel discount emails you might be getting? Now is a great time to start looking over the family calendar and thinking about a vacation because there is more than enough time to budget for it and save on travel discounts offered now.

4 Responses to “Organizing Checklist for October 24-29”

  1. Raquel says:

    Thanks for the tips. Speaking of refrigerators, do you have any tips for cleaning up syrup from the fridge door (and no, it can’t be taken out to clean). Thanks!

  2. Karen Rubin Brown says:

    I have a suggestion for you. Do you have any microfiber cloths? When we have a spill in the fridge…which living in a house full of men happens often here…I grab a microfiber cloth, wet it with the hottest water and proceed to wipe and rinse, wipe and rinse. For something sticky like syrup, you can finish by wiping off with the cleaner of your choice. The microfibers pick up a lot of sticky messes (and crumbs) easily. I have paid quite a bit for the clothes in the past, but the other day, I was in a Dollar Store and found a great selection. They laundered nicely and were quite helpful in moping up a spilled drink in my fridge yesterday.
    Hope that helps.

  3. Yvette Remfort says:

    Lemon water. As a matter of fact the acid in it will take it out especially if you put leave it for a while. Then you can wipe it with cloth towel. Or those clorox cloth. But if you like natural oder and desinfectant , lemon water is really good.

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