Taking Control of Your Time
I am very excited to get started on this series. It will last several weeks. I am just going to give you small things to do so you can test them out, see if you like them ,and see if they will fit with your family’s lifestyle. Be sure to subscribe to my blog and/or “like“me on Facebook to stay posted on all the upcoming topics in the series.
I started reading and trying different methods of cleaning and organizing not long after I got married, around 14 years ago. Most of them either had a long process in order to implement or took up too much time from my day or week. I get overwhelmed very easily, so I have to do things that are easy to do and easy to carry through from week to week. I finally came up with a plan that for me is quick and easy for me. In this series I will be giving you different thing to do in small segments so that you don’t become overwhelmed or want to give up. You will probably need to tweak these ideas in order for them to fit your family’s lifestyle. My hope is that you will continue to use these ideas, and that they will help you use your extra time for Bible study, making memories with your family, traveling, and anything other than cleaning and organizing.
The first step to getting your house organized is to declutter, which is a continuing process. Don’t put pressure on yourself to get it done in a week. This is something that you will need to do continually in order for your house to stay decluttered .
Since most people like to see results immediately, the first thing you need to do is get everything that does not have a special place and put it in a container. If you have magazines lying around, toys you are not sure where to put, or nick-knacks that you are unsure if you like, put them all in a container. Now take the container and put it someplace that you cannot see it, such as under a bed or in a closet. We will do something with the stuff you collected next week.
Tip: Make sure you do not put anything in the basket that is important or that you will need anytime soon.
I know this activity sounds really weird, but now you will be able to look at your home in a fresh light. Make sure that you look around every room and have everything placed where you like it and where it will be most efficient for you. If anything needs to be moved in order to work better for you, figure out where it should go and move it this week.
I realized I never use my deep freezer because we had it in the storage room. I moved the dirty laundry to a new spot and was able to get the freezer in the laundry room. This turned out great because the dirty laundry is in a better place, I use my deep freezer more, and I have a spot on top of the freezer to fold my laundry.
Your house will run more smoothly when everything is in a logical, efficient place, and you will enjoy your house more when there is not clutter everywhere.
Recap: * This week put everything that does not have a place into a container such as a bag, basket, box, etc. Place it somewhere you will not see it, such as closet or under a bed.
*Make sure everything in your home is where it will be most efficient for you.