It can be hard as a busy Mom to be organized. Especially when the kids are running around and it doesn’t feel like there is enough hours in the day. But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. You can get started organizing with just a little bit of work every day. Below I share with you my 7 steps to getting organized.
1. Identify Problems
The first thing you need to do is identify the problem areas. I like to go around the house and identify the areas that are bothering me the most and why.
2. Set Goals
Once you have done that you can put down your goals for each area. This is a good way to get the entire family involved also. Ask everyone what they would like to see for each area. It is important to get their input because if you don’t consider how they move through the space then your efforts will quickly be in vain as things return to how they were.
Then it is time to plan. If you don’t have a plan you won’t go far. Many people skip this step and just want to jump right into the doing. But this is what leads to overwhelm. If you don’t have a plan then you don’t know where to start and if you don’t know where to start then you will quickly do nothing.
4. Assign an Area
Each person can be assigned an area in the home to get organized. This helps to break up the monumental task that is ahead of you into nice bite sized pieces that everyone can handle. Plus each person will have ownership in what was done and be more likely to keep their area clean and organized.
5. Schedule Time
Scheduling time to actually get the organizing done can be a bit tricky with everyone’s schedule, but you can just let each person put on a calendar a time and day they plan to tackle their area. You can also plan organizing with your family every weekend. It can even be on a Friday night for like an hour or two where everyone works on their area.This is a fun way to spend family time and to get your organizing done.
6. Setup Routine Maintenance
Once you have your areas organized you are going to have to set up regular maintenance in order to keep it that way. The good news is that this is the easy part. It doesn’t have to take a very long time to maintain an already organized area. As little as 15 minutes a day or about an hour a week and your on easy street. The key is to make sure whatever time you commit to that you follow through with it every day or week. This will instill a habit.
7. Enjoy a Stress Free Life
This is the best part of the steps. Once you have organized your home and you are keeping it maintained as a family you now have more time to enjoy your home and each other as a result. Instead of spending wasted time worrying about the mess you can focus your attention on more fun things, more peaceful things.
I hope that these steps will help you to become a more organized homemaker and that you see it doesn’t have to be overwhelming or confusing. With a little planning and help from your family and a little bit each day you can have a organized home.
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