Here are my personal top 5 tips to getting organized this new year!
Clear Off Surfaces: This could be a simple task or daunting one. It may take and afternoon or a few days to sort out everything but the results are incomparable! Your home will look great and your mind will feel at ease!
House Chore Routine: I’ve resisted this one for many years. I didn’t want to be that mom that was so overly in control that I had specific days to vacuum or do laundry. Well… it happened and I must say… it’s glorious! It helps to make me feel like I’ve completed the ‘endless’ chores instead of feeling like I’m never caught up. We don’t do anything crazy, but we now have specified laundry days, vacuuming days, dog washing days, etc. Life is so much simpler knowing the dogs get a bath on the first Saturday of every month instead of wondering how long it’s been since their last bath. Consistency. Completion. Satisfaction!
Use an online calendar: After many programs, I have chosen to use Google calendar for our family. What I love about Google calendar is that I can make individual calendars for any purpose and have them be color coordinated to be both easy to read and pleasing to the eye. I have a calendar for each family member, a general ‘FAMILY’ one for things that involve the whole crew, and a few shared calendars for work. With ease I can see select which calendars I want to view and see how my month is laid out. It’s also helpful because it have a built in “task” calendar where I get the satisfaction of “crossing off” an item when it’s complete (See Chore Routine!) But the best part? Each person has the app on their internet device and can make changes when changes happen, delete appoitments that get cancelled, etc. Everyone is in control of the calendar and everyone is in the know.
Notes: When I lay in bed at night I wish I was able to shut my mind off and go straight to sleep. But instead, I lay there thinking. Thinking about what I need to do tomorrow or doing math in my head to see how many hours I could sleep if I fell asleep immediately. My absolute favorite is when all my brilliant ideas pop into my head now that I’m not overstimulated by tv, music, a toddler, phone notifications, emails, etc. I now keep a notepad next to my bed for these reasons. I write myself reminders/lists so that I can release the problem and save it for tomorrow with certainty that I will remember instead of wasting precious energy on telling myself to remember.
Clean the House at Night: I know you’re tired. I know you have been on your feet all day and the last thing you want to do is clean the house. I”m not talking a deep clean. I’m talking a simple de-clutter. Pick up the toys, gather the dirty dishes, toss the dirty clothes in the hamper, replace the paper towel dispenser with a new roll instead of walking by trying to remind yourself to put one on later. Do some last minute cleaning to help make the mornings be a little more pleasant. My least favorite, but most favorite thing to wake up to, is doing the dishes before bed. I despise dishes, but waking up to an empty & clean sick is so nice. Clean dishes in the dishwasher every morning 🙂
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