I hope you didn’t read the title of this post and decide not to read on! Maybe it’s just me but I think life runs more smoothly when you have an organized home with systems in place…you know, ‘everything has a place and there’s a place for everything.’ My life has been getting busier lately: chasing around a toddler 24/7, working (part time), keeping a reasonably clean house, combatting the mountain of endless laundry and putting supper on the table. Those are just the things I have to do…I still want to have time for enjoying family and friends, Bible study, running/exercise and relaxing to name a few. So that’s why I’m a big believer in having systems in place that keep you organized.
I enjoy reading and learning from others about what works for them and I’ve found a book that has been helpful to me. You may have heard of it, it’s called Totally Together: Shortcuts to an Organized Life by Stephanie O’Dea. It’s about the size of a small agenda book so it’s very handy. In the first part of the book she discusses how she cleans less and plays more using her “Daily 7 Tasks for a Highly Successful Household.” I’m not going to give them all away…you’ll just have to read it for yourself, but they are common sense things like making the beds first thing and having a 10 minute clean up before bed that the whole family participates in.
Other great information Stephanie includes is her method for decluttering a room or closet, lists of age-appropriate chores for children, tips on meal planning and how to plan ahead to avoid the stress of the busyness of the Christmas season.
The last part of the book is a week-by-week planner for the entire year and she gives specific tasks for you to complete that week to help you get more and more organized. The pages are un-dated so you can copy them and use them every year if you’d like.
The year will be over before we know it (can you even believe that?!) and my goal is to start 2012 even more organized and work towards being “totally together.” Who’s with me?