If you struggle with getting organized and finding time, during your never-ending super busy days, to carve out that peace and quite to get some Me time this blog post series is for you!
Throughout December I will share a weekly post on what I did to finally getting organized so that I am able to stay on track and get things done efficiently with time to spare for that much-needed break from life to safe my sanity!
My personal struggles with getting organized!
As I work from home, my biggest struggle is to ensure that I stay on task and do not get distracted by the little things that I could be doing at home at that moment. I would sit down to work on the blog, all the sudden I jump up, because I am thinking, my Tupperware drawer needs organizing (I have issues I know). It was just madness, I spend too much time on Facebook, I researched and researched blog improvements, without actually implementing any. I had a million and one post ideas, but never actually sat down and wrote them up. The list goes on and on…
And do not get me started on housework. And I detest cleaning, I mean really, it is almost like I am allergic! I keep saying to myself, why waste my time cleaning when I got be doing something fun. But on the other hand, I love a clean organized house (who doesn’t)!
It was a vicious cycle. I couldn’t concentrate on the blog, when I knew the dishes are piling up. I couldn’t stay on track with cleaning, when I knew that I still haven’t come up with anything to share on the blog for this week.
It all resulted in me being stuck in procrastination on all ends! So I took a step back, set down, and started outlining on what I want to get done, what I want to do for fun, and all the little steps in between, on a daily, weekly, monthly basis!
It took about a month to perfect and implement it to our lives. But the results are worth it. I now have the time for it all, blog, household, and lots of play time (be it with kids or kids free). I am keeping this guide on the general side, so no matter who you are, or what you do, you will be able to use my tips on how to get organized to finally take out the stress of your day-to-day routine!
Outline on things to come
- Week 1 = Introduction and Purging
- Week 2 = meal planning
- Week 3 = cleaning schedule and errands
- Week 4 = Planners and Time Management
We will get back to the purging part in a moment. I just wanted to give you more details on what you can expect of the upcoming posts.
I love love love to cook, so this one is actual fun for me! I will show you how I ended up with a cooking routine so that I do not cook the same meal within 3 month (only on request)
Cleaning and Errands!
My breakdown of daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning chores. And also how I schedule in plenty of time for running errands without having it interfere with all my other commitments.
Planners and Time Management
I am a Planner whore, there I said it! I buy them left and right, and confuse myself constantly as I do not remember in which planner I wrote what. One could say I needed a planner to organize my planners. In the last post of this series I will share how I got a grip on my planner madness, which ones I use now, and most importantly how I manage my time to really make sure I all my goals are met!
Week 1 Purging!!!
There is no better way to start getting organized then with a good old purge! And we are going to use the great 28 days, 28 bags purging challenge from mommysaver.com
Each day we will fill up a bag – and I am talking about grocery bag size not garbage!
Don’t have pets, kids, or a garage? No worries, think about an area where you know for sure that you would be able to purge more than one grocery bag. And just repeat it on those days that do not apply to you! I know my filler will be my closet, as that one is out of control!
You might just grab a bag each day, and go through your home and start filling it up with clutter until full. It does not matter, you do not need to stick to the prompts of the challenge. All that matters is that you fill up those 28 bags with stuff you do not need or use! And of course, always keep donating in mind.
Just imagine how great it will feel when after 28 days your house is 28 bags worth of clutter purged! Getting rid of the clutter is the first big step to a more organized life! Also purging helps to inspire better ways of organizing things in your house. Take note of any inspiration for projects you get while purging! You will need that list for the last post in this series!
So let’s get the #tidyupfor2015 journey started, so we all can accomplish our goals without losing our sanity, and maybe get a step closer to fulfilling a dream or two in the new year!
Are you going to join me on the way on how to get organized? What part of your life are you struggling with and wish you could get under control? Let me know in the comments below!