There are a lot of things in life we cannot control and you just have to roll with it. With a full-time job for both parents, 2 kids under 5, and someone who likes to do too much, there just isn’t a lot of time.
Life is fast and as a vegetarian, I feel bad if I have a meal without a veggie or a week that went by without exercising. Same goes for my home. My home is a place for family, the people I love the most. I want them to love being home and find pride in taking care of what we have, being grateful and keeping it nice.
This year I dedicated each day of the week to one of my top 7 priorities. One of them is my home. I carve out a little time that day of the week and get my physical space organized. It feels great to dedicate some time to being organized and it’s nice to have a task done that has instant results.
Dare I say it, cleaning and organizing make me happy. Here are some of my tips and reasons why you might also love to organize.
Tip #1 Always take a before photo. Even if you aren’t a blogger and don’t plan to share the photo with anyone, you will love the reward of seeing what you have done even if you think your 10 minutes won’t make a big impact. Most of the time it does, and if you have that photo to compare to, it will be an awesome reward for a job well done. Plus, why not share it!!!
Tip #2 Pick something small. Even if you have all day pick something small and do it. You can always pick another small thing after that. Getting something done and checked off will make you feel great and will motivate you to tackle the next little thing. This will also prevent you from getting pulled away and leaving your kitchen in such a mess you can’t cook dinner.
Tip #3 Don’t Over Think It. Who hasn’t read the “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and now we all think things have to sing to us, make us happy, or find time to organize without a glass of wine or fun music. This doesn’t have to be a punishment and can actually be a fun time to be alone. As a busy person, it is nice having alone time and ask hubby to watch the kids while I do this. Or have them help and feeling good by being productive and getting something done. If all you have time for is to grab everything and shove it into a bag or box and toss that in the garage or storage space to deal with later you still have done it! When the time comes go back to that box and you will be surprised how well you have done without all that stuff. Sometimes I just toss the whole box without even looking! (Crazy, I know).
Tip #4 Make it a Game. Everyone loves a game, or a challenge to make it fun. Keep what you are doing a surprise and see if your partner notices. Get your kids involved and see how many toys you can donate. Be competitive with yourself and see if you can find a whole shelf to free up in the freezer for something yummy to take up the space.
Tip #5 Be Green. One of the hardest parts of getting organized for me is letting go of something I could use. That cute jar or ribbon will be perfect for that one craft project I will think up one day. Or that broken chair, table, cup, toy, can be the new DIY project I find on Pinterest. One thing that helps me say goodbye is giving life to something I may never end up using. I love my local Facebook ‘Buy Nothing’ Group for sharing what I no longer need with my community for free. I also donate things to some local nonprofits in the area and try to get my kids involved so it becomes a learning experience about compassion.
What are your tips for staying organized? * L