Home should be where we feel the most nurtured and in control. However that is not always the case with too many papers coming in, too many toys and too little time. Follow these 10 tips to make a difference and create an organized home.
- Start with a place for everything and everything in its place. Every item in your home should have a home.
- When shopping, know where the new stuff is going in your home when it arrives
- Set a timer to declutter. Just 15 minutes makes a difference!
- Set a time each evening for the 7 minute sprint. During this time, your family gets everything back to where it goes and everyone works together.
- Establish a paper command center with your calendar, slots for paper (action, pay, file) and a bulletin board for invitations and reminders. Set a time weekly for your admin time to go through and work through your papers.
- Lists make a difference in keeping clutter out of your head. Keep your list in a notebook in categories. Go back and prioritize what’s on the list before starting to tackle it. Decide on 3 Most Important Tasks to get knocked out early in the day.
- Create routines for each day to conquer the regular stuff like laundry and dinner. Decide if you are doing one load daily of laundry or assigning days to colors of laundry. Make dinner early in the day with a crockpot or do a series of dinners on Sunday. Routines should fit your personal style.
- Host a family meeting weekly to communication and collaborate. At the meeting write in activities on the family calendar, talk about upcoming events and have some family fun!
- Ask for help! Whether it is clearing the table or cleaning the toilets, ask your family to be a part of the organizing and cleaning. Post a chart with everyone’s responsibilities, including deadlines.
- Once a season, set a Saturday to do a little catch up. Busy families need a day to restore order in their homes, in their closet, and in their pantries.
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