Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring Organizing / Cleaning

Hello 2News Viewers! Welcome.  Here is the link to the television appearance this afternoon!

 Here are more detailed descriptions of each tip I talked about today on the show. Happy Organizing!

Purge Your Medicine Cabinet of Expired Medicines: Throw away any empty containers or items you no longer use.  If you have unused or expired medications, check the FDA’s recommendations for how to dispose of them properly.  Their guidelines include specific directives, including following disposal instructions on the drug label and taking advantage of community drug take-back programs.

  • Go through your medications to ensure you purge items that have expired. 
  • Make sure you are storing your medications at the recommended temperature.
  • Keep your medications up high and locked away if you have small children in the house.
  • Store all your first aid supplies (band aids, gauze, ointments, etc.) in the same location as your medicines so you don't need to search in multiple places for something you need.
  • Dispose of expired prescriptions: Take advantage of community drug take-back programs that allow the public to bring unused drugs to a central location for proper disposal. Call your city or county government's household trash and recycling service (see blue pages in phone book) to see if a take-back program is available in your community.
  • Choose a storage system that will work for your space and that makes the best use of the space you've chosen.  
  • The SUPER CUTE Chore chart I used was from the blog; Just Sweet and Simple.

Establish a Family Cleaning Routine or Tweak it: Spring is great time to establish or tweak your daily and weekly chores so when summer hits, your kids will have a set schedule as to what needs to be taken care of everyday. Make a chore list for yourself as well.

If you already have a cleaning schedule, now is the time to make the necessary changes so that the schedule fits your families’ lifestyle. Tweaking here and there is a must.

Purge your Freezer: Pull everything out of the freezer, check expiration dates and throw away products past their prime. Store the keepers in a cooler while you work.

Start fresh, stay fresh. Defrost your freezer and wipe it down, inside and out, with a cleaning solution.


Put items, such as meat and sides, you use frequently, on their own shelves


Nearly all frozen food—meat, fruit, vegetables, soups, sauces—can be stored in a freezer bag.

             MARK THE DATE

Because frozen food is often unrecognizable, label and date the containers and bags with a black permanent marker


Quarterly Document Shred:   Tax time is a great time to shred documents you no longer need to keep. Destroy all sensitive information including junk mail and paperwork that includes:

  • Account numbers
  • Birth dates
  • Passwords and PINs
  • Signatures
  • Social Security numbers

To protect your privacy, you should also consider shredding items that include:

  • Names
  • Addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • E-mail addresses

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