Getting organized and staying organized means having a plan.
Plans go MUCH better with good habits!
Imagine what Walmart would be like if they tried to operate with no plan. What if they just randomly put things away and when they felt like it, restocked the store? The chaos would be unreal and I doubt many would even want to go there, much less try to shop. Businesses have learned that in order to be productive you have to have structure. You have to have a plan in place where people know what is expected of them. Why should home be any different? That was my thought this morning.
I fear that the reason why people don’t get organized is much like why people don’t live on a financial budget……..they make it so complicated that it simply doesn’t work. Getting organized needs to be simple and when you think about it, it really is simple. It is a matter of everyone in the house putting back what they got out. Isn’t that simple? If you use something, put it back. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that is the only way to stay organized, but it can only happen when you have created a place for everything. I believe that there are very basic principles that each family needs to adopt that will make their home more organized as well as create harmony and peace.
Last month I talked about how easy it is to spend lotsa bucks on gadgets and gizmos that promise to keep us organized. While they usually don’t help us in the long run, these simple, helpful tips will help you go far! You’ll discover that having a more productive and organized day actually starts at the end of the day rather than the beginning. Perhaps that is because what we do in the evenings either sets us up for a successful day ahead or trips us up.
After your evening meal together, wash dishes and put away. Make sure that the kitchen is cleaned before calling it a day. Having an unloaded dishwasher sets you up in the mornings to where you can put your breakfast dishes in dishwasher rather than leaving them in the sink as you go off to work or school.
If you choose to do laundry in the evenings make sure that the clothes are not only washed and dryed, but also folded and put away. If you only wash and throw clothes in a chair, you have created clutter to look at the next day.
If you have children in school then take time in the evenings to go through book bags and get all papers signed. Pack book bags and have them ready for the following day. Think about the following day and what you will need for the day ahead. Perhaps your kids will be going to some type of sports practice after picking them up from school and they will need all their sports gear. Gather all of that in the evenings, not in the mornings when you are trying to get out the door. Have kids put their shoes in a particular place at the end of every day so you will not have to frantically look for them the following morning as you are trying to rush out the door. Pulling yourselves together in the evening will spare you headaches the following day. Before going to bed take 10-15 minutes for those small children to pick up their toys and put them where they belong. As each family takes a bath have a designated place to put dirty clothes and if at all possible, invest in a laundry sorter. This will save time of having to round up dirty clothes.
The very minute you get out of bed the following morning, make up your bed. It will only take 2 minutes max to do this. When your bed is made, your room looks neater. There’s also something psychological about doing this; something that gets your brain in gear and your attitude fixed to clean up after yourself and stay orderly and efficient. Let this become a habit just like brushing your teeth. As each family member eats breakfast, have them put away dirty dishes in dishwasher which should leave the kitchen clean and ready for when you return home to cook supper.
While there are many tech tools and apps that claim to help you get and stay organized, technology has actually presented new challenges for families. Kids are learning from parents to spend long periods of time checking emails, texting and playing video games when they could be more productive in doing the things that need to be done.
There are just some things that an app CAN”T do!
At the end of the day, you have to learn to put some disciplines in your daily routine that keep you focused on doing the things that need to be done.
Shared with: The Art of Homemaking, Cornerstone Confessions, Ms. Moozy’s Open House, A Little R & R, Happy & Blessed Home, Create with Joy, Motivational Monday, Darling Downs Diaries, and Saving 4 Six
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Kim has successfully helped create time and space for hundreds of people in Southwest Georgia. In 2005 she started Organize 4U with a vision to help individuals live clutter-free and productive lives. She organizes areas in the home, including pantries, attics, storage buildings and garages. Kim also custom designs and installs closet systems that enhance storage capacity. Her expertise also includes office space and systems. For organizational tips, find her on Facebook at Organize 4U. And you'll find lots of great organizational info, including before and after shots, on her website Organize4U.org.
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