Printable Checklist for November 28-December 3

Posted on 28 November 2010

Printable Checklist for November 28-December 3

Jewish Life’s Weekly Organizing Checklist

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_____ Printable Checklist Tip #1Now that it is getting colder out, the weather may be unpredictable. It is a good idea to create your pantry staples list and to get really consistent about having your pantry staples at all times to be able to make weekly dinners despite the weather. Check inside on of your favorite cookbooks for a list of pantry staples, or comment to this checklist below and I will provide you with one. Right now I’m really into Jamie Geller’s new cookbook, Quick & Kosher: Meals in Minutes,because you really can make healthy and gourmet meals in minutes provided that you have all the ingredients ready! (Stay tuned for an interview I will be doing with Jamie by the way 🙂

_____ Printable Checklist Tip #2While you are organizing your pantry staples, it’s also a great time to clean out your freezer and insert items you’ve cooked and want to freeze. A question from one of our readers. Please post your answers below and I will provide my own answer next week.

“I love your emails, and I’ve purchased some of your books. I have a question for you. What do you do about organizing a freezer? I wish I had purchased more shelves for my freezer, but I need a solution so that I’m not piling things on top of each other.”

_____ Printable Checklist Tip #3 Another comment from one of our readers. I’d love to hear your answers below and I will provide an answer as well next week!

I seriously need a system for mail. I hardly even open up the envelopes and they just sit on my kitchen table for months. file system upstairs and mail on table in kitchen.

_____ Printable Checklist Tip #4 I’ve been doing a lot of consigning lately. Find two good consignment shops in your neighborhood for each category that you consign, mainly toys and women’s clothing. If one store rejects your items, the other may accept them and you can earn some money while you declutter!

_____ Printable Checklist Tip #5If you’ve done a good job consigning or decluttering your kids toys, create a craft closet. I love being able to make homemade gifts or projects last-minute with my children or even on my own. Here’s what Sara Rivka Dahan of keeps year ’round in her craft closet when I interviewed her for our Sukkah Decorations article.

My personal craft closet is more like a storeroom packed to the gills with all kinds of items (new and old) patiently waiting their turn in the crafting limelight. For my kids crafting, I am really big on crafting with recycled materials, so I always have toilet paper rolls and cereal boxes on hand, as well as milk cartons, plastic lids, wine corks and more. Those items together with paint, glue, tape, and some colored paper are all one really needs!

4 Responses to “Printable Checklist for November 28-December 3”

  1. Karen Rubin Brown says:

    My three boys are all in college now, but when they were younger I would buy 10 sheets of poster board at the beginning of the year. I would buy five in white and five in various colors. By doing this, I was always prepared for the last minute “I have a poster due tomorrow.”
    Two drawers in a desk were devoted to boxes of pens, pencils, 3×5 cards, rulers, crayons, colored pencils, glitter, glue sticks, reams of paper, extra folder covers for reports, etc. It just made life a little easier having it all in one place that they could go to and grab whatever supplies they needed. Having it all in one place also made it easier for me to see at a glance what supplies were running low and needed to be replaced.

  2. Susan S says:

    I have another question for readers. How do you freeze Challah dough and defrost it? Do you freeze after the first rising or the second rising and how do you defrost it for baking?? How long will it keep and still rise? I tried freezing some and it refused to rise. Thank you.

  3. Jen says:

    Susan–I’m not an expert baker, but I’ve had success freezing challah after baking, wrapped in foil.


  1. […] Printable Checklist Tip #1-Last week, a reader asked about how to organize the freezer. Here’s what I recommend you do: Take everything out and repack frozen foods into aluminum […]

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