Let's chat about goals...
Creating goals for organizing your space is an essential key to success. You can start small and work up to those larger, more daunting tasks. Instead of setting one large goal of attaining an Organized Home, break up the organization into rooms, functions, or even closets or drawers. Goal setting might look something like this:
1. Organize bedroom closet and donate clothes that aren't worn to local shelter.
2. Sort through linen closet and mark sheets according to bed size.
3. Clean laundry room and install shelves.
4. Declutter home office.
5. Clean son's room, and help him donate unused toys to needy children.
Breaking down into manageable pieces the overwhelming task of organizing a living space is crucial for reaching your goals! Which goal will you tackle today? Please share the number in the comments below. Or reply with the one that works for you. :-)
Our patios, decks, and yards are extensions of our homes and can provide us with additional living spaces. Don't forget to organize these so that they can remain valuable additions to your home. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1. Use weatherproof furniture so you don't have to bring it in and out according to the weather forecast.
2. Design a simple landscape that lets you use and maintain your property easily. The more items you place in a yard, the more items you have to mow and trim around.
3. Invest in outdoor storage containers for decks and patios. Smaller items can be stored in these for easy access.
Think about how you want to spend your time outside, and create a space that allows you to do just that. Now, enjoy!
Good morning! Is it back-to-school time where you are? Or maybe you are just looking to stay on top of your work tasks. Either way, let's chat about organizing your assignments.
Assignments aren't just for those attending school. We are given work assignments, parenting assignments, or volunteer assignments. Ensuring that you are ready for your task takes a just a little bit of planning and organizing to make the grade.
1.Keep a list of all assignments and tasks in a notebook, folder, or spreadsheet.
2. Subdivide the list into categories each week (i.e. tasks to be completed at home or work assignments), including due dates! Having the deadline in front of you will help ensure everything gets done.
3. Add to the list the supplies you will need in order to complete the task. If you are in charge of helping with the neighborhood picnic, this list might include food, garbage cans, signs-up sheets, or park benches.
4. Determine which supplies you already have and which ones are still needed.
5. Identify who, if anyone, can help you complete the task.
6. Bonus step: Make notes of challenges along the way and outcomes. This will help for future tasks.
Finally, sit back and admire a job well done!
Now that we've talked about clearing clutter from our schedules, let's move on to the clutter on our computers. Our computers can be extremely valuable tools in our lives, but they can also become inadvertently overloaded with information. It is far too easy to over-stuff a computer, because the clutter can be easily hidden from view.
However, clutter can make your computer run slower, make it more difficult to find what you need, and make life more challenging. Try these few steps to reduce computer clutter.
Today let's chat about removing clutter from your schedule.
Just like the closets and attics in our homes, our lives and schedules can become filled with clutter. You can live a more fulfilling life when you reduce the clutter caused by not prioritizing time. Here are a few ways to make that happen...
1. Manage your schedule by looking for things to remove. If it does not give you joy, provide you with something in return (we need those jobs!), or enrich your life, consider dropping it from your schedule.
2. Make shopping lists so you can make fewer runs to the grocery store.
3. Don't be afraid to delegate to others. Family members can certainly help carry the load. Or, it may be time to hire an assistant for yard work, cleaning, or other tasks.
4. This one may be the toughest to carry out....Don't be afraid to say “No” when asked to commit to something.
Removing clutter from your schedule might seem impossible, but there is usually at least one thing we can all change to lead purpose-filled lives. What item could you change in your schedule today? Please share in the comments.
Today's tips are all about preparing for moving day with more than boxes.
Moving can be an exciting opportunity, but it can also be filled with stress. Reduce the anxiety about moving by preparing in advance.
**Make sure each item is actually worth moving. Don't pack items just to get them packed. Take the time now to get rid of clutter, donate to charities, and throw out the trash.
**Keep a master moving list and folder with all of the information you might need, including floor plan measurements of the new home and moving company estimates.
**Get down to the bare minimum with your food supply so you don't have to worry about transporting food and keeping it cold and fresh.
**Start by packing the things you use less frequently, such as decorative items.
**Make sure to label everything by content and for which new room it is destined. Assigning a color to each space can be very helpful! See a great example from the Container Store in the pics below.
Take a breath, and have a smooth moving day!