I know you are excited to start getting the chaos in check. Start here with the Getting Started 2014 Get Organized post and make sure you create a game plan. This is the step that forces you to clarify exactly what you want to accomplish, prioritize where to start and what are the most important tasks for this project. If you skip this step you are going to likely be unfocused, lose valuable time and forget important tasks in the process. If this happens, you will not get the results you expect and quickly get overwhelmed. Once this happens, you will likely give up quickly out of frustration.
Once your plan is in place, it is time to start the Get Organized Challenge.
Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind:
- Utilize your smartphone to help you create your plan and stay on track
- Start by room and create mini-projects within each room by zone or category. Don’t think about cleaning your entire closet in 1 shot… start with your shoes or sweaters.
- Give yourself a relatively short period of time (15 – 30 minutes) and tackle your mini-project. Completing these mini-projects will give yoou a sense of accomplishment and give you the motivation to move forward.
- Start with the area that you see first, use most or causes you the most stress – it will have the biggest impact
- Get your kids to help
- If your sock drawer is full of unmatched socks, have your kids help match them up.
- Sort through a junk drawer by matching up similar items
- If you have items that don’t belong in the area you are tackling, have your kids transport those items where they do belong
If you have tips you’d like to share, leave a comment or tweet them and we’l be sure to add them to our list.
Create your plan with our 2014 Evernote Calendar templates