Monday, February 18, 2013

Organization Accomplished

Through this process of moving I have learned a lot about myself. I shared one post about it HERE so far.

Another huge thing that I have learned about myself through this process of moving is that I am a great planner! It is easy for me to think ahead about an event or an activity and think about all the details necessary for execution. I can make a list like no other.... Lists of "To-Do's", supplies, schedules, etc.

A great example of this would planning this move. I have a timeline checklist of things needing to be done & by when. Lists of where things are going in the new house, what can be packed now, what needs to wait til the last week, etc.

So, what's the catch???

I'm not the best "doer"! I have a hard time crossing those things off my detailed lists. I know what I need to do and how should it be done. But actually getting up and doing those things??? Eh... that takes a lot of time and effort.

For example: In order for my new house to be as organized as I want it to be, everything has to have a place. That means I actually have to put those things in those places. As silly as that sounds, it is so difficult.

In our house I think one of the things I say most is, "just put it on the counter." That's where things go that I know where they go, but I don't feel like doing it right away. Then when the kitchen is cleaned, they get shuffled around to another spot and eventually when I need it, I can't remember where it is.

Here are a few tips and tricks of mine to cross those things off your list:
  • Put things into piles when cleaning or organizing and then have the kids put the items in the correct places. Just make sure you're specific about where it goes. Kids have lots of energy and mine would much rather do this than the dishes.
  • Be specific in organization. Don't just have a toy box. Have a separate container for anything that is small and/or there is a lot of... Legos, barbies, trains, puzzles, books, etc. Don't just have a drawer for all important papers. Have a filing system.
  • Make small "To-Do" lists for each day. A list of things that are necessary to get done that day. Mine normally consist of a few chores, errands and things that have deadlines.
  • Make the organization and storage easy for everyone to use. Having a drawer or a container for Barbie accessories is way more likely to be used than a container that has 10 different compartments designated for shoes, purses, brushes, etc. Let's face it... Everyone likes the feeling of being organized, but rarely likely the process it entails. Make it as easy as possible. 

What are some of your tips to getting it done??? 

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Breaking Down Your Goals

Last month I posted my New Year's Resolutions. And I was proud to post last week that I have stayed focused so far! Yay me! I think I am overly focused right now, because I know that once the baby comes they will probably go out the window for awhile. HERE is where you can see my progress & goals for the month.

I mentioned some tips for how to set and keep your resolutions and one of them was to have a plan!

How often have you thought of things that need to be done, but never devise a plan and therefore just constantly think of excuses as to why it hasn't gotten done.
Excuses like, "I don't have time." "I don't know where to start."

You must have a plan & deadline for successful goal completion!

Here are a few tips to hopefully encourage you and keep you focused:  

  •  One way I have stayed focused is by creating a monthly goal list. It has smaller goals to help me stay on track with my resolutions. I got a printable monthly goal sheet HERE. Of course, you can just write your own. But using the printable list is a good way to get started. It has a few goals already printed and then a few empty spots to write your own goals. You can see my list of monthly goals HERE.

  • Another thing I'm using to stay on track is by using a printable declutter calendar found HERE. This calendar is great! It has small tasks designated for each day to check off. I mean it when I say small. Things like "Clean off one counter." "Clean out one fridge shelf." It will get you through the whole house in a year. 

  • We have a weekly and monthly cleaning checklist. It is HERE. I use it to give out daily chores to the kids and for myself. The thing to remember with these checklists is that their main focus is for organizing and decluttering... Not keeping your house clean. So, as you go through them you need to put "rules" in place to keep your house organized. Then you can focus on starting a cleaning routine. 

  • I also use daily To Do Lists. Everyday I add the kids chores, my chores and things that I need to get done that day. I use it to help break down my monthly goals. I normally never have more than 5 tasks total. Too much is setting yourself up for failure.

I hope this doesn't sound too overwhelming!!! It really is simple... It's just a process of breaking everything down in order to get it done.

Yearly Resolutions ---> Monthly Goals ---> Daily To-Do's

Simple enough, right??? How do you manage to get your goals done?

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Friday, February 1, 2013

February Goals & January Recap

Here is the recap of my 2013 New Year's Resolutions so far...

  1. Organize and Print all of our pictures - I have downloaded all my pictures from my computer to Next step is to download the pictures from my phone, facebook and cameras. Then as they have promos I will print them individually and as photo books.
  2. Plan and stick to a budget - We have started the Dave Ramsey budget and cash envelope system. So far, so good. But boy is it hard. Right now we are working on saving, tracking all spending and cutting where ever we can.
  3. Work out twice a week - This is the one I think I am most proud of to say that I accomplished this month! Only 4 more months to maintain until the baby is born. After that I will obviously take a break for about 2 months and then hopefully I can workout at home until I'm comfortable taking the baby to the childcare.
  4. Schedule monthly date nights and family nights - This one has not been so successful. Does packing together count??? We have had more time at home as a family lately, but no real family fun nights. And my husband, Isaac and I have had a few lunch dates. But that's about it so far. One thing to remember is that my husband works from home, so we do spend a lot of time.
  5. Drink 64 oz. of water a day - This is still a work in progress. So far I have gotten up to about 48 ounces. But I have been limiting sugar & caffeine drinks to about once a day. So I feel that is a good trade off so far.
  6. Be in bed before 11pm & shower first thing in the morning - I have been in bed before bed. Although, I don't normally fall asleep until close to midnight. And showers are regular again. Lol
  7. Declutter before we move and organize new house - The decluttering is going great so far. HERE is one post I wrote about the process so far.

**I have stayed on track by having monthly and daily checklists. I'll be posting more on this later.

Here are my January goals recap:

  • Set your goals for the year.
  • File papers.
  • Clear out holiday clutter by putting away new items received as gifts.
  • Take down and store your holiday decorations. Let go of anything that didn’t make it out of storage this year.
  • Take care of gift returns.... Still have a few things.
  • Send thank you notes for holiday gifts. 
  • Declutter and organize your storage area... I've still got a few to go and I know it will get done because we are moving in less than 60 days.
  • Organize the photos you took last year and set up an organizing system for this year... I've started this process, but still have a ways to go.
  • Declutter + organize the holiday greeting cards you received this year. 
  • Let go of something that’s weighing you down and start the new year just a little bit lighter... I organized my gift bags and wrapping paper supplies.
  • Make a new Homemaking Binder... Not yet. I have one already, but it needs some tweeking.
  • Set kid's daily chore chart & laminate.
  • Complete January declutter calendar.
  • Get college classes set for next semester... Have to get this done this month.
  • Workout twice a week... Definitely MOST proud of this goal being accomplished!! I can already tell that I'm getting stronger & am able to last longer without being winded on the treadmill.

Here are my goals for February:

  • File papers at the end of the month.
  • Declutter master bedroom - decorations, clothes, shoes, nightstands, etc.
  • Pack what I can in master bedroom.
  • Declutter & organize medicine cabinet.
  • Schedule kid's physical.
  • Declutter & pack linen closet.
  • Outfit vehicles with an emergency kit.
  • Begin planning for the summer.
  • Make Valentine's Day plans.
  • Take care of gift returns - Headphones, shirt, watch.
  • Download photos from phone & facebook to SnapFish.
  • Organize a homemaking binder.
  • Laminate kids chore chart.
  • Complete February declutter calendar.
  • Get college classes set.
  • Workout twice a week.
  • Declutter magazines & pack.
  • Freeze one thing a week. - This is preparation for baby.
  • Make one homemade item a week. - This is to help cut down on grocery cost.
  • Sell things on Craigslist. - Preparing for move.

Yes, this may seem a little overly ambitious, but remember... I am moving in less than 60 days so I essentially need to organize my whole house before then. Also, I'm having a baby in about 4 months and I know that after that most of this will go out the window! The more I can get done now, the less I will have to worry about later. So for anyone else not in these 2 situations, I would suggest about half of this for your monthly goal list.

What are your yearly or monthly goals???