Getting Organized at Home
I like to write. Obviously. What you may not know about me is that I love to write to do lists, but for a long time, I rarely completed them. I don’t just write one type of to do list, I’m a little list obsessed. I write lists for everything from grocery shopping to blog posts, and lists of books to read. I really needed to focus on getting organized at home. But like I said, I had all these lists lying around with-out check marks next to the tasks. I hope you read my first post on making a change and getting organized, but if not, you can jump in this week! This week’s change is to make a plan, follow it, and reward myself. Getting organized at home is the first in a four weeks series I’ve created to create a calmer, more organized life at home. When I started this series, I committed to completing everything on my daily to do list every day for one week. I know it doesn’t sound like much of a commitment, but I have a little advice:
You’re bound to fail. Don’t plan a monthly schedule of to do items (yet), and don’t make your daily list longer than you can realistically accomplish in a short amount of time. We’re looking for pockets of unused time to complete the tasks, not revamping our whole day. And if we’re more efficient with our time, we’ll have more time to do the things we love. If you start small you can add more items to do later, but if you start too big, you’ll get discouraged and quit before you see results.
Why not? We’re often flawed in our thinking that because the tasks we’re completing are also our responsibilities, we can’t reward ourselves for them. My reward after one week of an exercise routine will be a new reusable cup for smoothies. Rewards don’t have to be fancy, they’re just a way to give yourself a little pat on the back for meeting your goal.
This is your list, your goals. Make it work for you. Getting organized at home is about you making your belongings, self, goals, and schedule work better for you. Write a list and think about what it will take to keep yourself motivated. What daily plans need to be scheduled, and how much time can be devoted towards a new task? Type it out on your smart-phone, or get fancy with a planner. If you’re not a planner person, write it on a dry erase board, or scribble a list on notebook paper. Make it work for you, and you’ll complete your goals. If you are a planner person, I’ve included a few recommendations at the bottom of this post.
So, with all this list advice, when am I actually going to get started on my own goals?
I started my list of goals on a Monday, because that’s what worked with my schedule. Day 1 of changing things up around here was step one in organizing my family life. Need some ideas? Here’s a few things I included on my own daily to do list for the first week of Getting Organized:
- Daily cleaning for each day, with one additional weekly cleaning task each day.
- Daily exercise
- Daily homeschool to do
- Blog work
- One monthly organizing task
- One personal happiness task (crafting)
Remember, make it personal. If you’re great at keeping the house cleaned daily, focus on organizing a closet or paperwork. Already exercise? Make a daily habit out of going to bed earlier, or reading for a few minutes each day. It doesn’t have to be a list of work, that’s just what I need for my family before I can move on to more exciting items I plan to accomplish. Let me know how your week goes and have fun with it!
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As promised, here are planners I recommend:
Be sure to head over to Get Organized: Week 2