CLEANING/ORGANIZING AREA: PANTRY AND CLOSETS Pantry: Use same method as for the cabinets. don't forget to wipe down while empty. Try to combine duplicate boxes of things to throw out that which you haven't and probably won't use. Get Rid Of: Old, currently unused items Cans & Bottles of food over 6 months old unless there is a later expiration date Old cracker/cookie boxes probably stale Pans & pots that you don't use, have duplicates of, are in horrible shape, etc. Extra serving dishes (store them elsewhere unless you have lots of room) until needed. Donate if you have not used them in the past six months HOLIDAY PREP Make one batch of Holiday Goodies. Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL. Buy two canned food items from menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive). Buy 1/8th of TO BUY gifts. Save all receipts, note return policy before buying. Ask for gift boxes. Wrap and label packages. If needing to ship, get some shipping boxes now and store packages in them. Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts. Start addressing Christmas cards and writing Christmas letter. Involve the whole family. Do not seal cards yet, keep them in a box in alphabetical order, as you think of things that you want to say to them pull out the card and add a note. Find family photo suitable for inclusion with Christmas card. Send invitations for Thanksgiving. Prepare for special needs-extra beds, babies? Buy extra batteries (check gifts). Order turkey.