I share this photo on Instagram yesterday and one of my friends asked me to blog about it. This is the list I made for myself this week in an attempt to be more organized.
Most of us don't have the resources to hire a professional organizer (unless they want to do a free intern at your house and get credit for helping you. Now that's a great idea!) so we need to do it ourselves.
The key is doing what works for you. I'm a fairly high tech person but when my iPad is charging I just grab a notebook and start making lists. So the first key is to write down your goals.
I recently went through a big organizing spree at the house (that sounds more glamorous than it was, but whatever makes us encouraged!) and I wrote down the things that needed to be done:
• Clear closets
• Change lamp bulbs
• Move furniture
• clean bathrooms
You get the point. Because I am a goal oriented person, seeing that to-do list getting smaller was a huge joy. I also prayed all the way because I had two toddlers with me the whole time this thing was happening and they were fantastic.
The second key is to take small steps. I think it took me a week but if you have someone to help you with the kids it can take less time. I have also blogged about the power of breaking big projects down in 1 hour per day.
This week I am determined to be more organized with my menu. We don't eat out often but I can always do better when it comes to planning and executing my meals. Here's the plan:
• Write down 2 weeks of dinner menus;
• Write down the grocery list;
• See if I can prep anything ahead of time.
When I was in grad school I used to cook 1 week worth of lunch and dinners so I didn't have to worry about food during the week. It worked really well. There are fabulous bloggers out there whose specialty is bulk cooking, so do a search if you think this should be helpful.
I hope this post gave you an idea of how I try do organize myself. It's simple:
• Write the Vision (your goal)
• Make it plain (small steps)
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• Leaders on the Home Front: Organization
• Power of 1 (Hour)