The first week of the New Year and you are already wondering HOW you are going to accomplish this resolution, right? It seems overwhelming – new toys for the kids, new clothes, buying seasonal decorations when they are on sale… you get the picture, right?
Now is a great time to create or fine-tune your household systems. Getting organized doesn’t mean that your house will look perfect all of the time. Getting organized doesn’t automatically mean the kids will put their toys away. What it does me is that there will be simple systems in place that will keep you from wanting to declare
Here are three of my favorites:
- Create a family command center. You’ll need a monthly family calendar with everyone’s activities on it including Mom and Dad’s. Color code each family member and write in all activities, parties, birthdays, travel, homework assignments due, etc. This can be a big paper calendar or a white board calendar that’s wiped clean and started over every month. It can hang on the wall or on the side of the refrigerator. Hubby and I do this now even though it is just us. It makes life so much easier. You can keep pens, paper, scissors, tape, etc. in the drawer and it gives the family a place to put their activity schedules and party invitations so you can get them on the calendar right away. You can also use the space to make your grocery list. This becomes the hub for your family and you’ll be on top of their activities.
2. Let the kids help! Okay, so maybe it won’t be done exactly the way you want. Maybe you will need to practice patience since I am sure they won’t move as fast as you want them too. Let the younger kids pick up all the recyclables i.e. papers, magazines, plastic bottles and put them in the recycle bin. As they grow, they can help load and unload the dishwasher. You can stop laughing now! It is possible for this to happen 🙂 How about a place for back packs, jackets, shoes and school work. This will save you HOURS of hunting every morning. You’ll need is a small place to hang some hooks and some shelves. Even a small peg board with shelves under it helps control the clutter.
3. Have a dedicated space to work. I know that not everyone has an extra room to turn into an office. I began my first craft business with a small table in the corner of the living room. It definitely was not perfect, yet it worked. Maybe you have a big closet you can turn into a work space. It doesn’t matter where it is; it just needs to be dedicated space for you and your business.
Organizing isn’t about making MAJOR changes, it is about taking small steps to make life a little easier for you and those around you. What are some of your best organizational tips? Share them with us…
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!