Your Guide to Lifelong Organization

Stay organized -- one day at a time -- with our easy-to-follow checklist.

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STAY ORGANIZED CHECKLIST: WEEKLY

Grocery Shopping and Meal Planning

  • Plan out the week's meals on Sunday afternoon and create a shopping list. (Need help?)

  • Designate a time for coupon clipping and commit to it. Recycle unused coupons.

  • Shop once a week for family meals, bringing your menu plan with you.


  • Family Schedules
  • Review the calendar for the week with other family members to ensure you have all appointments accounted for. (Need help?)


  • Laundry
  • Set up a routine schedule for dry cleaning. Many dry cleaners will pick up and deliver weekly; your office might offer a similar program.

  • Attempt to do as much washing, folding and ironing before the week begins. This will save time during the week. (Need help?)


  • Car
  • Remove trash, and organize must-haves for the car.

  • Find homes for everything that does not belong in your car. (Need help?)


  • STAY ORGANIZED CHECKLIST: MONTHLY

    Bill Paying
  • Pay bills once or twice a month or set up automatic payments for recurring bills such as the mortgage, utilities and credit cards. (Need help?)


  • Paperwork
  • File paid bills in an accordion folder or similar filing system. (Need help?)

  • Update your designated file for receipts pertaining to taxes and deductions.


  • Bulk Shopping
  • Make a bulk shopping trip. Buy household items such as paper goods, cleaning supplies and toiletries. Purchasing these standard items on a monthly basis will streamline weekly shopping. (Need help?)


  • Calendar
  • Review the calendar at the beginning of each month to plan for upcoming events or gift purchases. (Need help?)

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