It’s the beginning of a new year and everyone is making resolutions. One of my resolutions is to get our whole family organized and maintain an organized home.
We just moved into a new home a few weeks ago, and it has been great to go through the process of decluttering and purging and donating things that we don’t need.
But the start of a new year and moving into a new home has motivated me to get my whole family on the same page toward having an organized year in 2014.
1. If you buy something, make sure you know its purpose before it comes into your home. It’s so easy to walk into a store, pick up a cute little goody for $25 and think it’s no big deal. But then, before you know it, you’ve purchased six little goodies at $25 each, you’ve spent too much money, and you don’t have any idea where you want to put those goodies. So now you have clutter and you could be $150 richer.
If you do decide to buy something new, get rid of at least one thing. One thing in, one thing out.
Create a Weekly Plan
2. Sit down each week to plan your meals. Which nights will you be eating out? Which nights are you eating at home? Plan your meals for the week and create your grocery list. Include your cleaning and laundry schedule. For me, I know that if I can create a plan and stick to it for two weeks, it becomes a habit. And then the chores and the mundane become easier, and even more fun.
3. Make sure you and your spouse are on the same page with the weekly plan. Todd and I have started a new tradition for 2014 where we go to breakfast once a week. I drop the kids off at preschool and we meet for breakfast for an hour. We get to have a little morning date and we go over the calendar for the week. Which nights are we eating at home? Which nights is he working late? Which nights do I have a meeting at church or Bible study? What do the kids’ schedules look like with soccer or church activities? This allows us a chance to talk about the budget, the schedule, and make sure nothing falls through the cracks. It puts us on the same page, creating less opportunity for conflict.
Tame the Mini Masterpieces
4. My kids come home from church and preschool with tons of paper. So many sweet little creations make their way into our house every single day. It’s true that every piece isn’t a piece worth saving. But I know that I always want to remember how their sweet little hand and footprints look. And I can tell which of their masterpieces were created thoughtfully and which ones they are proud to show me. I purchased two Document Storage Boxes from Martha Stewart for Avery (via Staples) so I can put their artwork in a safe place that looks nice on a shelf. I can label the box and purchase a new one for each kiddo every year.
Plan and Make a List
5. Use a planner and to-do list every single day. I use the Whitney English Day Designer and each day includes a planner and has a column to write my to-do list for the day. You can also use the calendar on your phone and notes section on your phone for your to-do list. But the most important tip is to commit to one place. I need to be able to look back at the previous day and continue where I didn’t finish. And by having one place for the master to-do list, I can make sure that I get it all done. Leaving sticky notes all over the house, leaves me feeling more disorganized than before.
The final tip is to remember that you can start any day! If you get off track one day, just pick up the next day and start over.
How are you working to get organized in 2014?