More About Organizing Systems
If you’ve read my two previous posts, you may be wondering how to set up your own organizing system. Here’s a step by step approach to systematic organizing. I’ll use the bathroom as an example: 1. Storage of makeup and other bathroom items: I have a storage cart that I purchased at the Container Store: It also helps to have something for makeup, to separate it: ...
Getting Ready For a Party = Clean House
I have about 12 ladies coming over for a clothing swap party today. Once I had my morning coffee, I got my system (see previous post) into gear. I set my timer for 30 minutes and turned on NPR. I started putting things in their appointed places. It’s amazing how fast things can get done when you have your tools nearby. Cleaning the bathroom, for example, ends up being simple and fast....
Organizing: Having a System
flickr When you have a lot of stuff, it gets messy sometimes. The cure for that mess is a system. Once you have a place for each category of things, it is much easier to clean up a bunch of clutter. In my home I have a place for my mail, my tools, art supplies, paper and so on. At the end of a busy week, it is much easier for me to tidy up when I know where everything goes. It ends up being...
A Tornado Hit My Apartment
Usually, I am very organized, but I spread my arts and crafts stuff all over the place in the last few days and the dishes piled up. I am turning up the tunes and I set my timer for 30 minutes. In 30 minutes I can: Pick everything up off the floor Do the dishes Put away my crafts Collect the trash and recyclables Start a new load of laundry Update: I’m almost done with the whole...
Do the Hardest Thing on Your To Do List
flickr The best advice I can give anyone trying to tackle a to do list is to do the hardest task first. Get it out of the way, so you can do other things. After you complete the very thing that is weighing on your mind, you’d be surprised how fast other stuff gets done. Today, going to the doctor was the hardest thing on my list. Once that was done, I felt much better and I felt freed up...
What do you do when you are at a standstill?
There are times when we all look around at our list of to dos and throw up our hands. It’s just too much and we don’t know where to start. It’s this mountain of stuff. TO DO LIST? AARGH. When I feel this way and my to do list is just enormous, I decide to do one thing. Usually I do the one thing that I dread doing the most. After I finish it I usually feel a sense of relief...
Getting things done…
Happy Mother’s Day, a kitchen timer and NPR
Put away your guilty slipper →
iainbroome: It’s amazing how the closer you get to a really important thing - event, deadline, or in my case wedding - all other things gradually grind to a halt. And that’s the way it has to be, of course. When something really matters, you have to get it right. All those other things, from getting a good…
Why NPR & My Kitchen Timer are My Best Friends
Every weekend, I take some time out to whip my house into tip top shape. It’s never that bad, but I’m really picky about organizing and that makes it more of a project. Cleaning can be boring without having friends helping you. In lieu of actual people, I use a kitchen timer and I listen to NPR. It really passes the time. I set the timer for 30 minute increments and then I go from...
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ebay is your friend when you declutter
Yesterday, I was looking through my closet and my wallet. There was too much stuff in my closet and not enough bills in my wallet. What I decided to do next was not only fun, but hopefully lucrative. I spent three hours taking photos and posting stuff for sale on ebay. “Boy”, you might say,”That sounds like such a bother!” Nevertheless, a little effort can garner you...
andraleigh asked: I have a bathroom space in dire need of organization help. Can I send you a picture and get your opinion?