7 Organizing Tips for the Busy Mom

7 Organizing Tips for the Busy Mom

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.

3. Plan

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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Surefire Computer Organizing Tips

Computer Organizing Tips

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If you are like most of my clients then not only is your physical paper files out of control, but so are your computer files. Go ahead and admit it. You have about 500 icons sitting on your desktop and you have files on your hard drive that you have no idea where it came from. You are not alone.

We all suffer from having a disorganized computer. There is just so much to keep up with, even online. Bookmarks can get out of control quickly.

With all of the clutter that can stack up on your computer I want to share with you some quick tips that I use to keep my computer in check when it comes to organizing. Hopefully you will find these useful and will be able to implement them into your organizing journey.

  • The first step is to get rid of old files. This may take you several days to do but is well worth it. You can go folder by folder if need be.
  • You then want to get rid of any programs you no longer use. We all have programs that we have tried, but never return to it. Kind of like clothing.
  • Once you do that then you need to get in the habit of creating folders on your computer by topic. You then want to put files that you save in those relevant folders to keep them organized.

On my computer I have a system set up where I have folders for my businesses and then I have folders for my personal things set up like a real file cabinet. Then within those general folders are sub-folders that are a bit more specific. I break things down by year and some things by month.

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A glimpse of my organizing system on my computer. File skeleton setup idea courtesy of Tracey Axcell at http://www.officiallyorganized.com/.

The key is to have a folder for everything. You want to name folders what you will think of when you get ready to file something or to look for something. It is just like you would do with a physical file cabinet with files.

  • Another thing to do is clean off your desktop. I use a program called Fences to corral all the icons into groups and then to hide the desktop all together.
  • It is a good idea to take at least an hour once a month to clean off your computer and make sure everything is up to date. And as always keep a backup.

I hope these tips help you to get your computer files in order and to keep it organized.

Bonus tip: Use programs like Evernote to keep notes and entire documents to keep from having a bunch of text files on your computer.