Not only am I a planner, but I love to plan. I actually get a slight anxiety attack if things aren't planned out. (I'm working on improving this) :) To-do lists are one of my favorite tools for planning and getting things done. Mostly, I just love being able to cross things off after they are completed.
If you find yourself rushed in the mornings, or if you have an endless to-do list, I have included a few things that might help you prepare for the start of each week.
#1: Wash your sheets and make your bed. Wash away last week's junk. One of the best feelings is climbing into fresh, clean sheets on Sunday night.
#2: Complete the laundry and pick out your outfits for each day. Having your outfits picked out the night before (or for the entire week) can be extremely helpful, especially during a rushed morning. The last thing I want to do is stand in my closet deciding what to wear in the wee hours of the morning.
#3: Pick out your workout outfits and have them ready to go. This goes along with #2, but I will also add, that it helps me to stay motivated if my clothes are ready to go. If you go to the gym after work, pack your gym bag for the week or for the next day at least. No excuses that you forgot your workout clothes!
#4: Prepare meals for the week. If you don't do this for every meal, I would recommend at least planning dinners for each evening. Again, it is just another way to eliminate last minute stress, planning, and frustration. Plan ahead for a smooth week!
#5: Empty all your trash cans. Throw away last week's garbage and start out fresh on Monday! Enough said.
#6: Wipe down bathroom and kitchen counter tops. I suggest tidying up the entire house and even vacuuming (depending what your cleaning schedule is). A clean house is a happy house :)
#7: Check your calendar and create a weekly to-do list. (again with the lists, I know) Self-explanatory, but just know ahead of time what you have going on throughout the week. Also, it helps me to prioritize what needs to get done.
#8: Grocery shop / restock your refrigerator and pantry. I find it SO much easier when you have all of the ingredients and foods you will need to prepare each meal throughout the week. I have come to despise mid-week grocery trips because I forgot an item or two.
Try a few or all of the things on the list before next
My hope is that the last 4 organization posts have helped to inspire you to take small steps toward organizing your home. This last post of the series includes a few extra, miscellaneous tips.
Step 5 - Extras:
- Place a decorative basket in your TV room to keep remote controls together in one place.
- Use one power strip (many can be mounted on a wall) as home base for all of your rechargeable goodies: Cell phone, camera, iPod, tablet, etc.
- Labels! Whether it be in the kitchen, bathroom, or office labeling can go a long way in keeping things where they belong and easy to find items.
- Although, I haven't gone as far as color coordinating my closet, I do have my clothes organized by season. Keeping similar types of clothing together helps me choose outfits quicker. It also makes me notice which items might be ready for the donation box if I am not wearing them often.
I would love to hear about any home organization tips that work for you!
Step 4 - Message Center:
I have created a family message center on the entry hall wall in our kitchen. I would suggest to have a message center in a prominent place in your home. We use it for organization of reminders, invitations, notes, mail, etc.
Creating an inbox on your desk for papers (bills, etc.) that need your attention can also be helpful to stay organized. Just remember to clear it out often!
Continuing with the Let's Get Organized Series, here is post #3:
Step 3 - Cleaning:
Cleaning Supplies: Use a plastic caddy (instead of shelf space) to store cleaning supplies, and simply tote it from room to room as you clean. This also gives you more space and organization where you store the supplies - as opposed to having everything scattered on shelves in a closet or cabinet.
Cleaning Schedule: Following a schedule or a to-do list always make my days go a little bit smoother. The same goes for my cleaning schedule. I follow a daily cleaning schedule to keep on track. This works for me because I am not forced to dedicate an entire day to cleaning every week - I would dread that day for sure! With this plan, I am able to spend just a little bit of time each day cleaning.
Kudos to my Mom as she does this and as a kid I would always joke with her about having a specific day to clean each room. Now, I see why she does it this way, so much easier!
Below is an example of my daily cleaning lists:
Step 2 - Meal Planning:
I truly believe that menu planning is one of the best places to start getting organized. By planning dinner meals for the week, it gives me one less thing to worry about at the end of each day.
Below are a few reasons that might help convince you to menu plan:
- I never have to come up with a last minute meal off the top of my head.
- For the most part, our meals are healthier and well-balanced.
- I always have the ingredients in the house for whatever I’m making because I make up my menu plan before going grocery shopping.
- I save money by not buying groceries I don’t end up using.
Organization can be intimidating to some people, especially if you aren't sure where to start. I have always thought of myself as an organized person, sometimes to a fault, and when my husband and I got married and moved into our new home I vowed to keep us as organized as possible. I mean how hard could it be, right?
Boy was I in for surprise!
I found out the hard way that with how busy our lives can get it is easy to get behind on keeping things in order. So, I have decided to share a few tips that have helped things run smoothly in our home and I hope they can help you too!
Step 1 - Bathroom: We purchased a shelving unit that stands over our toilet in the master bathroom. On the shelves we have baskets to hold our most used toiletry items. I also have 2 hooks on the wall where I can hang my curling iron and straightener - two things I use almost daily. This helps to eliminate our bathroom counter top clutter. (I still need to figure something out for those cords!)
Some other ideas for organizing the bathroom are:
- Install a magnetic strip inside a cabinet and hang tweezers and nail clippers from it.
- Throw away old or unused items in your bathroom, such as makeup, lotions, old razors, sunscreen and perfume. Return old medications (including prescriptions) to your local pharmacy for safe disposal.
- Install hooks on a wall or the back of your bathroom door for towels and robes.
- Use drawer organizers for makeup, jewelry, ponytail holders and other loose items. Plastic silverware trays, found in the kitchen aisle, are inexpensive and will work just fine.