Question. On January 1st did you set a goal to “get organized”? It’s been 30 days. How are you doing working toward your goal? Making progress? Did any thoughts like the ones below trip you up?
- Did you tell yourself you can’t do it PERFECTLY and will never finish so why start?
- You think no one else in the family cares.
- You don’t know where to start.
- You don’t have the money to do it right.
- You don’t have the time.
- You don’t have the energy.
If you answered yes, you are not alone. Here is a simple tip to help you on your organizing journey.
To improve your success, define the quantities. This means:
- How long
- Which part
When: If you actually schedule the time, it is a promise to yourself to follow through on your intention. It is a commitment.
How long doesn’t necessarily mean it has be a full day; it can be 5-10 minutes each day, which I call The Sweep. Get the family involved so everyone is invested in the process. Most of my clients prefer doing this before bed so they wake up to more calm. You might just enjoy a few minutes more for your morning coffee or the newspaper. Yes!
Which part means exactly that. Fold (and put away) laundry, empty the dishwasher or put away the clean dishes by the sink, bring dirty dishes and snacks back to the kitchen (and put away), take shoes to their rightful home, place Legos in the proper basket and books back on the shelf. Whatever makes sense in your family is a great way to start.
You can put on some fun music, set a timer and make it a game. I recommended this hourglass to a client with 5 kiddos and she said it is a winner. She uses it for The Sweep, teeth brushing, and so much more. Here is the link. (Unfortunately, the state of MN does not allow Amazon affiliates, but I still love this product.)
Implementing this simple, yet do-able, strategy will take you down the path to a more organized and less chaotic home.
If you’re looking for more ideas on do-able strategies, let’s start the conversation. Simply email or call and let’s see if we are meant to be on your organizing journey together.