Are you unhappy with the disorganized state of your home?.Do you find yourself too busy to conquer your clutter and clean your home too?.Does the thought of getting your home under control overwhelm you?.If you answered yes to all the above then you're in good company. Many working parents find keeping a handle on their work and home lives a daily challenge.
Things are further complicated by the fact that not all of us can justify the cost of hiring out our household chores.So if your budget doesn't allow for a professional organizer or cleaning help what's a busy parent to do?.First starters, you can learn how to organize your home by learning how to deal with your feeling of being overwhelmed. Stop, step back and look for a solution. Don't give a cluttered basement or messy child's room the power to become an obstacle.
Instead look at it as an individual challenge you WILL overcome.The next step in how to organize your home is to schedule in a little organizing time each day. A daily 30 minutes should do it.
The trick here is not to try to fit in some organizing time around everything else but to schedule it first.So block out 30 minutes of organizing time during the week and then fill in your other activities and appointments around those times. If you're serious about your commitment to get organized forget the pencil and write your daily 30 minute sessions in pen or permanent marker.Remember things won't change unless you're serious about learning how to organize your home.
Make organizing a priority. Make your 30 minutes of weekday organizing just as important as anything else on your calendar.Seek and/or accept help when needed.
Sometimes we can't see the forest for the trees. This is when someone else's perspective may shed some necessary light on the situation.I am certainly no stranger to accepting help. While I can effectively organize someone else's home, it's a totally different story when it comes to my home and the emotional attachment I have with my own stuff. I recently did a basement purge and reorganization thanks in great part to the assistance of my mother who was quick to remind me that it wasn't necessary to save all three Jell-o jiggler egg molds since I didn't even use any last Easter.
I then had to remind myself that three molds made 12 individual eggs and my children now 10 and 12 respectively don't even like Jell-o.Focus on one organizing project at a time. Write specific projects on your calendar. On Monday you could attack the piles of bills or papers that clutter your desk, Tuesday could be the day to de-clutter your front closet, Wednesday could have you re-organizing a pantry shelf and making note of anything you're running low on, Thursday could find all those unworn shoes in your clothes closet donated to charity etc.Create mini goals. If you can't realistically tackle your project in 30 minutes or less you need to break it down into a series of mini-goals.
The 30 minute approach is only going to work if it's realistic. In other words, if organizing the contents of your clothes closet can't be done in 30 minutes then break the project down into smaller more focused sessions.A mini goal for day one could be purging articles of clothing you no longer wear, putting them into a donation bag and placing the bag in your car for drop-off to a local charity or recycling depot. Day two could be spent focusing on your shoes and accessories and deciding what to keep and what to get rid off.
Your day three project could be organizing your closet by color or clothing type etc.Another advantage of focusing on one thing at a time or concentrating on individual parts of a bigger project is that you'll accomplish larger tasks faster than if you were to spend similar amounts of time on random acts of 'surface' organizing. While surface organizing gives off the appearance you're organized it does little to make your home function better.Another how to organize your home idea includes implementing a one hour organizing project every weekend. Involve the whole family (everyone over 5 that is).
Make it fun by creating a theme e.g. clothes or toys for charity, re-organizing the garage or basement, taking 'stock' of your kitchen etc. With bigger room projects like a kitchen you may wish to assign everyone individual tasks ? cleaning the fridge, de-junking the junk drawer or re-organizing the spice rack.
Keep an ongoing to do list. By making note of things you want or need to get done you will be able to stay focused on what tasks take high priority over others. Keep a notebook handy to jot down tasks when they first come to mind. At the beginning of each week prioritize the tasks that need doing.
Don't expect miracles. Learning how to organize your home takes time and effort. A mere 30 minutes a day won't give you a perfectly organized home but it will give you greater control over you home life and your family's belongings. And if it frees up some time you would otherwise spend hunting for your car keys or searching the house for a pencil and eraser so you child can finish his homework then it's time well organized. (Note the same 30 minute approach also works well for cleaning.
)..Sherrie Le Masurier is a lifestyle columnist, organizing consultant and a member of Professional Organizers in Canada. She offers up smart solutions for busy families via http://www.
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