4 Spring Cleaning Tips – FREE Checklist Download

It’s time to clear the air in your home, remove the dust bunnies, stir up any spider webs, and get the grime off your kitchen cabinets. The trouble is, your life is just as busy as it’s always been. With end-of-year school activities, filing your taxes, a hectic work schedule, and the itch to get out in the yard, making time for deep cleaning is a challenge.

The ideal solution, of course, is right in your hand. Your planner will help ensure you have time for this important annual task. Whether you do your deep cleaning in one or two days, or sort the tasks out and complete them over a matter of weeks, using your planner will help you finish without interruptions.

Download this Spring Cleaning Checklist to help you get started:

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Here are some other tips to keep in mind as you clear the clutter:

1. Motivate yourself with a pen

Write each item you plan to do, no matter how small, in your planner and check them off as you finish. Marking things off your list actually has a positive biological effect. Our brains create chemicals that make us feel good each time we mark an item off our list, and that encourages us to do more. That’s why, when we complete a task that isn’t on our list, we write it in our planners anyway, and immediately cross it off. It feels good and it gets us in the mood to do more.

2. Divide it up

Divide your tasks up by room, closet, or space. This helps ensure that you don’t bite off more than you can chew. If you’re working in a bedroom, your list could include your chest of drawers, closet, and under the bed as separate items to sort and organize. That way you can finish each task in a short time, cross it off your list, and move ahead. You’d do the same in other rooms: Kitchen sink, oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, pantry, and so forth. Doing this can help keep you enthusiastically moving toward your end goal, and before you know it, you’ll realize you’re nearly finished.

 3. Focus

As you work toward your goal of deep cleaning your home, tackle one project at a time. If we flit from task to task without finishing one completely, we run a huge risk of burning out. We need that motivation and satisfaction of completing a task to keep us going. Stick with one task and finish it, so you can cross it off your list and get the boost you need to tackle the next task.

4. Sort and donate

As you go through your closets and set aside items to donate to a non-profit organization or thrift store, note the items in your planner along with their value. Next year, as you file your taxes, you’ll have a complete record of your donations.

Your planner can play such a crucial role in your life if you choose to use it to its fullest potential. This list is just the beginning and is only intended to help spark ideas of your own. If you have some great ways that you use your planner while you deep clean each spring, we’d love to hear them.

Back to School Checklists for Your Planner

We’ve continued our annual tradition of back to school organization with these helpful checklists, with one for each stage of your child’s schooling. Print them out, stick them in your planner, and take them with you as you go back to school shopping. Even if your child is heading to a new school this year, you can still enjoy the peace of mind that comes from preparation.

Download the checklist according to size, and then by grade level. All checklists are in a PDF format.

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Holiday 2015 Gift List

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Whether you have or not, give yourself some peace of mind by having your gift giving organized and in one place. Download this Holiday Gift List and track who you’re giving the gift to, what it is, how much it cost, and its wrapping status!

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2015 Back to School Checklists

When you have students heading back to school, it can be hard to remember everything they need, especially if you have students at different stages of their education. We’ve continued our annual tradition of back to school organization with these helpful checklists, with one for each stage of your child’s schooling. Print them out, place them in your planner, and take them with you as you go back to school shopping. You’ll save yourself extra trips and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from preparation.

Elementary Checklist

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Middle School Checklist

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High School Checklist

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College Checklist

College Checklist

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Spring Catalog 2015

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Our Spring Catalog is here!

Click here to browse our digital version.

Click here to receive a printed version in the mail!

And after you’re looked through it, tell us what you think. Click here to take our survey and we’ll give you 20% off your next purchase!

 

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Start Your Spring Cleaning! (Free Checklist/Tracker Printable)

IMG_0484It’s time for spring cleaning, that magical time of year where you tackle the obscure organizational tasks and polish all the fine details. You have access to every part of your house, from the basement crawlspace to the attic, and, like in centuries past, you can leave the windows open and let the dust fly away on the breeze.

If you’re feeling intimidated by the thought of such a large project, take a minute to look over our Spring Cleaning Checklist. Like any other big goal, when you break spring cleaning down into individual tasks, you can schedule them out in manageable chunks. And when you set those tasks down in your planner, you can integrate them with the other events and responsibilities in your life, letting you accomplish more with fewer surprises.

Here are some spring cleaning planner tips to help you get started:

–          Pre-purchase your cleaning supplies. As you look at everything your home needs, write the amount of cleaning solution, dusting spray, paper towels, and cleansing wipes you’ll need in your planner. Pick them up before you get started, and you can stick to your spring cleaning schedule without surprise runs to the store for missing supplies.

–          Schedule a limited number of cleaning tasks for each day, and write them on the appropriate planner pages. Deep cleaning can be messy work, so it helps to finish one room before moving on to another.

–          Map out drawer contents in your planner. Then, before you start reorganizing, tape labels on drawers and cabinets showing what should be inside. This lets your helpers put things away with fewer questions for you.

We’d love to hear how your planner made a difference in your spring cleaning. Here’s to a clean home, beautiful weather, and peace of mind this spring!

Download this 3 page tracking guide to help you plan and organize your spring cleaning:

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Back to School Checklist: College

Get prepared for the semester now with this College Checklist.

Heading away to college is quite the adventure. Use this checklist to make sure you don’t forget to pack or grab anything you may need for class or for your new dorm room.

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Back to School Checklist: High School

Get prepared for the school year now with this High School Checklist.

Heading to high school is quite the undertaking. Use this checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything.

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Back to School Checklist: Middle School

Get prepared for the school year now with this Middle School Checklist.

Heading off to middle school is a big deal. Use this checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything on the big day.

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Back to School Checklist: Elementary

Get prepared for the school year now with this Elementary School Checklist.

Sending them off to elementary school is quite eventful. Use this checklist to make sure you aren’t grabbing things from the store at the last minute.

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Menu Planner

Organizing your meals and shopping lists will allow you to track how much food you are actually buying. Tracking the amount you’re buying versus the amount you’re using will save you time and money in the end.

This Menu Planner is the perfect way to help you plan out your meal for the week and track what you actually need to buy for each meal.

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Holiday Travel Sheet

Make your holiday traveling easier by organizing your travel information and by keeping track of your budget. You will have a concrete schedule and you will know all of the different people you have to contact (phone numbers all in one location!). You won’t have to be stressed during the holidays…at least not with your traveling tasks.

Printable Holiday Travel Sheet

Autumn Quote

Football, apple pie, pumpkins, and all of the beautiful colors…what isn’t there to love about Autumn?

Embrace the season with this printable autumn quote. Simply place it in a frame and decorate your office or home with a reminder about all the wonderful things this time of year brings.

Print your quote here: Fall Frameable Quote

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Autumn Family Calendar and Checklist

As fall approaches life can become quite hectic with holiday planning and organization. You may also be trying to do some final outdoor activities before winter arrives. These Autumn lists will not only give you great ideas for activities, but will allow you to keep track of all of your plans and chores before the holidays.

Each list comes in the right size for you planner or is available to print on a 8.5 x 11 piece of paper.

Autumn To-Do Calendar

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Inspiration for your Daily Spaces

Add some inspiration to your daily spaces.  We’ve assembled some of out best GO Quotes and dressed them up.  Print them out on paper or magnetic backing, and put them in the places you ponder your future.

Make sure to scroll down to see the three different designs we’ve created for you to enjoy!

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Dorm Room Checklist

Heading off to college? Make you don’t forget any the essentials for dorm room living with this Dorm Room Checklist. It’s available in Classic, Compact and Pocket planner size so you can take it with you when back to school shopping

Click here to download the checklist in Classic size.

Click here to download the checklist in Compact size.

Click here to download the checklist in Pocket size.

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Download: Travel Plans Checklist

Download: Health and Fitness Tracker