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15-Minute Organizing Ideas -- At Home
One of the biggest roadblocks my clients face in trying to get (and keep) their homes organized is scheduling -- finding the time to create systems that make sense, to set up the right home for everything they own, and to stay on top of routine household management chores. Big blocks of time are hard to find, so you're better off breaking your organizing up into tasks that can be completed in 15 minutes or less. Think that's impossible? Let me show you how it's done!
A Faster Way To Organize Your Home
There's so much to do when you're running a household -- just keeping your physical space in order and making sure your family is properly fed can be a full-time job! However, most people can't (and don't want to) spend all week on chores, because they have other responsibilities to think about -- so you have to find ways to make those routine everyday tasks take less time. The good news is that the right household environment naturally makes everything easier -- that includes meals, getting ready in the morning, and clean-up. You know that old saying, "A stitch in time saves nine"? Well that's what it's all about -- investing a little bit of energy up front to create a system that works for you will save a lot of unnecessary work down the road!
See how easy that was?
- walk through one room in the house and put away anything that is out of place
- set up a basket at the base / top of the stairs for items that need to go up / down
- gather up every book in you own in one specific category (self-help, history, biography, etc.)
- organize one grouping / category / author of books alphabetically on your shelves
- set up your pills and vitamins for the week in a daily dosage container -- AM, mid-day, PM
- move everything for your AM routine (coffee/tea, meds, supplements) together into one cabinet
- group all of one kind of food (cereals, canned goods, baking items, etc.) together in your pantry
- put all loose bulk food items in lidded containers in your pantry -- don't forget to label them
- figure out your menu for the week, including page numbers for the recipes
- write out a grocery shopping list for the week's meals
- chop / marinate / prep your veggies and meat (in containers in the fridge) for the week's meals
- cook a batch of a favorite dish (spaghetti sauce, soup, lasagna, etc.) and freeze individual servings
- rinse your dishes right after each meal to prevent food from drying and becoming stuck on them
- choose outfits for each day of the next week, including shoes and accessories
- separate your casual clothes from dressy, or summer from winter, or work from play in your closet
- put all of your shoes on racks or in labeled boxes by pairs
- set up bins for separating out "dry cleaning," "repairs," and "alterations" in your closet
- break your gift wrap paper / bags / tags / bows / ribbon into separate labeled tubs
- clear your bathroom counter of everything except what you use daily for your grooming routine
- set up an area at each entryway where visitors can remove their shoes to keep from tracking dirt in
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posted on: 11/10/2011 11:30:00 AM by Ramona Creel
category: General Organizing Tips
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I have been a Professional Organizer for more than 10 years, I am a NAPO Golden Circle member, and I was the original founder of OnlineOrganizing. I have worked one-on-one with scores of clients and have trained dozens of newbie organizers as they got started in the industry. I provide both hands-on and virtual coaching to help clients improve their organizing skills and simplify their lives. I invite you to visit my website at http://www.RamonaCreel.com, and I challenge you to find one new idea that you can put into practice in your life, to help you become better organized, starting TODAY! I am passionate about coaching folks toward a more balanced, productive, and enjoyable life -- and I firmly believe that if I can do it, so can you!
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