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Creating An Organizing Schedule

Here is a previous organizing idea from The Creative Mama

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?

About Marci


Marci has a passion for helping people get the busyness and clutter out of their lives so that they can slow down and enjoy what is really important. She is proud mama to an 11 year old daughter and a 7 year old son. Head over to Marci's blog Overcoming Busy to read more about how she cuts the clutter and gets organized! You can, also, find Marci blogging about homeschool science at The Homeschool Scientist.

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  • Juliann Munson

    This year I am trying monthly goals and January is my organization month. It has been harder than I thought to get motivated and even know where to begin. I agree that if I work on what’s most important then I will actually do it, instead becoming overwhelmed.

  • http://citychic.me Krista

    This is awesome! One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to get organized & I’m using this list of tips: http://t.co/hbXgSjv8. Making time, however, has been a challenge. Apparently I also need a list in schedule form of the projects I want to tackle. Thanks for the reminder! :)

  • Catherine

    Wise advice…I’m trying to de-clutter the kitchen cabinets – I’m spending a little time (15-20 minutes) each week on the day I clean the kitchen.

  • Angel

    Baby Girls’ toy shelf 2 weekends ago. Closet off the deck this past weekend. Many more to come ..a week at a time. Thanks for the reminders.

    • marci goodwin

      You’ve been productive! I like your “week at a time” attitude.

  • http://www.kristendukephotography.com/ Kristen duke photography

    I just posted a photographers organized spreadsheet on my blog today! Glad to see your site is up and running!

    • marci goodwin

      I just checked out your spreadsheet. What a great resource for photographers!

  • http://twitter.com/familybringsjoy Shan

    Excellent post reminding me that I don’t have to do it all in one day! Thank you Marci! :)

    • marci goodwin

      I find that when I don’t try to fit it all into a day, I actually enjoy the whole organizing process a whole lot more.