10 tidbits to total organization
It’s the little things that count! Take one of these tidbits and make it your own, getting it done in your own way, to get started on your way to total organization.
1. Go to bed at a regular time. Getting a good night’s rest means you can get up rested and ready to tackle the day.
2. Get up a smidge earlier than the rest of your clan. Your time is your own and you can get more done. It’s the best time for ME time!
3. Get ready the night before. There is never enough time in the morning. Lots of things go wrong in the morning. Have your bag, your kids bag and any other stuff together at night. Get your clothes together too.
4. Get a plan for meals in and out of your home. There are so many ways to get dinner done, groceries purchased and a plan in place. Having a plan also helps you save money. Have fun with this on pinterest, allrecipes or just by having your family cook with you.
5. Get help with the hard stuff of laundry and dishes. Have a time set aside every day to have both of these completed well before bedtime. It may not be as fun as you like, but add incentives and partnerships so that it gets done. Set a timer to just get laundry put away and dishes in the dishwasher in the evening. In the morning, set that timer again to get the laundry started and the dishwasher unloaded. Have a chores chart to share the responsibilities.
6. Have a morning and evening routine for you and your kids. Use checklists so that everyone knows what to do next and what is expected. Have clocks in the kitchen, bathrooms, and landing strip so that you can keep on time for these routines too.
7. Have a designated spot for your and your family’s stuff. Every evening get the stuff back to where it belongs. If the stuff is already overflowing, set a time to just work on that one area to get it back to a manageable amount in that spot.
8. Keep your car organized by dumping the trash while getting gas. Our cars get just as disorganized as our homes. Take only the papers into your home that are required, not just in case.
9. Write out your 3 most important tasks (MITs) for the next day the night before. Having a clear focus on what to do first makes the day more productive.
10. Keep your calendar up to date. When asked about an activity, just share, “I have to check”. That way you are making a plan before you add new activities for you and your kids.
These are great tips for making the days run more smoothly, Ellen. I’d never heard the “MITs) abbreviation before. I like that AND the idea that deciding what they’ll be the night. What a great way to bring better clarity and focus to each day.
Thanks Linda! Getting ready the night before can be a real bonus. Thanks for joining the conversation.