The beginning of a new year always gets me in the mood to organize. The idea of clean and orderly are so appealing after the chaos that is the holiday season. Each January, I want to work through my house organizing everything from the kitchen cabinets to my make-up drawer. The only problem is that my enthusiasm can get me in over my head. I can either get so into organizing that I don’t have time for anything else or I dive in and get burned out. Can anyone relate?
A little trick I’ve learned along the way to make sure I get my organizing projects completed and keep my sanity is….scheduling. Just like any other event or responsibility, putting it on the schedule makes sure it actually happens and that it doesn’t interfere with other activities going on in our lives.
How An Organizing Schedule Works
- Make list of projects or areas that you want to organize
- Prioritize the list
- Decide where your most important project will fit in your schedule. For instance, let’s say you want to tackle your kitchen cabinets first. Schedule an afternoon to finish the project. If you don’t have an entire afternoon to devote,schedule a little time each day over a week or two. Do a shelf or cabinet a day. You’ll get an organized kitchen and keep your sanity!
- Don’t schedule more than a couple weeks out. Things will happen in life that will be more important than organizing.
- Work through your list and enjoy the results!
How about you? Are you in the mood to get organized? What project will you start first?