Hugs and Happy Organizing: Whole House Organizing

organize your house

 

Whole house organizing is a big project!  We all want to have a place for everything and everything in it’s place. It’s essential for us to work  in baby steps to accomplish this goal.  Many times at the outset of our work together my clients ask how long it will take.  Remember that we are not only changing what your home looks like and how it works. We are also changing your (and those who live with you) habits.  It’s truly a case where every situation is different.

 

My client and I worked together weekly or every other week to create order in her kitchen, office, son’s room, master bedroom, master closet and master bath.   In these photos you can see the significant transformation that occurred each time we met.

 

home organizing before and after

 

To date, she and her family love the outcome! They have stayed organized because we worked together on her spaces to create systems and routines that work for them.

 

Her comment on her work is this, “best money and time I ever spent!”

 

Finding your Motivation

 

 

finding your motivation

To do or not to do, that is the question. There’s many motivations for making a change, getting organized and being more productive.  There’s also many obstacles that keep us from getting started.  One of those might be ADHD, where procrastination, lack of organizing skills and being overwhelmed keep you from getting started. Having inspiration, and accountability can motivate you and get your work started. Finding your motivation is key.

 

Motivational experiences

I recently met with a client who knew now is the time to get organized. She had experienced flooding, and health challenges, and was looking at new healthy choices.  She had recently rebuilt her home and was prepared to make her home the organized and productive spot she craved. Her life with ADHD had held her back before and now she had compelling reasons to begin.

 

I have also met with client who worked long hours, raised her family and one day looked at home her and said, wow how did this all stuff get here?  She had invested her time in good and important goals and now knew it was time to make a change in her surroundings. While focused on the important parts of making a living for her family, she had gotten overwhelmed with the inflow of stuff.

 

When you know it’s time to make a change to your life, your home and work and your energy, that’s the most compelling time to get organized.  What makes for a compelling reason to change? It’s truly an individual decision and a decision you can make at any time.

 

 

Motivational media

Motivation in the form of Marie Kondo’s Netflix show is sweeping the nation this year.  It’s leading to other media connections, like podcasts, blog posts, and social media. In Tidying Up, we see many like us who have struggled with clutter.  The kind inspiration offered by Marie Kondo leads up to be grateful and let go.

 

There’s social media posts that are keeping us motivated too.  Seeing other’s conquer their clutter on instagram or Facebook help us know that we can do this too. Forming a social media group that works together to reaffirm your motivation, keep you accountable by posting your successes, and support you as you move forward are instrumental.  There’s existing clutter support on Facebook to join if you want this resource.

 

 

Motivational team members

Your team plays is crucial to your motivation.  It’s about feeling truly supported as you work.  That support comes in questions that coach you, support the acknowledges feelings, and praise with each step.  There’s no limit to your possible team members including those available by cell and facetime, professionals to coach and teach skills, to any number of those around you.  Start by building your team to help you start and stay motivated.

 

The most compelling motivation to me has always been something I keep very close in my thoughts. It’s that thought that every day whatever choices I make have positive impact on my life.  Thankfully it has been making priorities clear and simple.  I encourage you to think about your priorities and how that impacts your motivation.

 

best time to start was yesterday next best time is now

 

11 Summer Routines

 

summer organizing routines

 

 

It’s summer and we love the lack of routines. There are some days we can stay in pajamas all day and play unlimited. The change of seasons is best when you create new routines that suit the season itself. Summer routines makes the season more fun! Check out these 11 routines that make life better.

 

1. Set a bedtime.

Even in the summer it’s best when everyone gets a great night’s rest. When everyone is in bed, parents can shut off their lights early too.

 

2. Start or end the day with a bike ride or a walk.

Get moving this summer with time for exercise. The days are longer so you can take advantage of the cooler summer dusk to get outside.

 

3. Set tech limits.

It’s easier to set limits at the beginning than nag all summer. Your limits can include using a timer so when the bell rings, it’s time to get started on something else.

 

 

4. Eat 3 fruits and veggies each day.

Summer brings lots of great vegetables in season. Try something new like a mango or kiwi. Pick your own blueberries or strawberries.

 

 

5. Brain boost with flash card, a workbook, or tech games.

It takes up to 2 weeks to review when school begins.  Keep your kids brains fresh all summer. Join the fun by learning too!

 

 

6. Read every day. It can be a book, a blog, or a magazine.

Read together as a family so you all spend time together. Talk about what you read to share information of all types.

 

 

7. Set aside weekly down time.

Summer is our time to unwind. Intentionally plan time to do nothing. You will be surprised how refreshed you feel and less stressed too. Mark off those days on your calendar to be sure they stay open.

 

 

8. Establish ways your family can help around the house.

Helping prep and cook dinner, taking out the trash, and laundry are ways kids can be more involved during the summer. There’s fewer school responsibilities so add in a few for your home.

 

9. Declutter a little at a time.

Just 15 minutes to declutter drawers, under the sink, and other small spots around the house. Have your kids declutter their own rooms. It’s a time your kids can assess what’s most important to them and share their blessings with others. This is especially helpful if there are summer birthdays in your home.

 

10. Play games and do puzzles.

Hopscotch, Monopoly, Bingo, Old Maid and many other games are great family fun. Our kids don’t always know there are other games besides technology.

 

11. Practice gratitude together.

Gather together each day to share what you are grateful for. It can be through a conversation at dinner or a gratitude journal. Knowing that we are blessed by our family and friends helps us all be more positive.

 

BONUS!

Keep hydrated with plenty of water. Have a camelback water thermos for each kid and yourself. Keep it refilled all day long and carry it with you. We all need lots of hydration during the summer.

 

 

Your summer routines add a little structure to busy days. When everyone shares the routines in their home, life runs more smoothly. What routines can you start this week at your family meeting for summer?

 

What summer routines are in place at your home?

 

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