Simple Rules of Home Organization

Organizing Square JewelsSimple Rules of Home Organization

Let’s be honest.

Nobody likes rules.

But the thing is, if you’re serious about home organization, then there are some specific rules you’ll want to follow.

You’ll see how much easier organization will be by taking the following simple steps…

Home Organizing Rule #1:

“Touch it Once!”

This is a form of procrastination and it causes piles because something is being put off until later. It could be a little laziness, but more often it’s due to lack of time.

The thing is, this rule will save you time.

For everything you put off until later, you’re touching it twice when it should be just once. You (or someone you live with) is procrastinating and putting things off until later.

Why?

To save a couple of seconds today, you’re wasting five minutes tomorrow.

For example…

You come home, throw the shirt on the bed because you’re going to hang it up or throw it in the laundry basket later.

Or you shove it on a shelf in the closet and will hang it later.

No good.

This is two steps when it should be one. Common sense? Of course.

But few practice this simple rule of home organizing.

Touch it once. The coffee cup goes in the dishwasher, not on the counter and into the dishwasher later.

The mail coming in the house should be dealt with immediately…not added to a pile where you touch it more than once for no reason at all other than procrastination.

Home Organizing Rule #2:

Keep things together that belong together.

Sweaters with sweaters. Shirts with shirts. One shelf for snacks and a shelf for cans.

Take a look around a fancy clothing store.

They’re designed to help you (the customer) find exactly what you need.

Wouldn’t it be nice to find whatever it is you’re looking for in a matter of seconds?

Same goes for a grocery store. If these shelves weren’t organized, these stores would go broke because nobody would be able to find a thing.

Home Organizing Rule #3 – Organize ONLY one space at a time.

Work on one small space at a time in set increments and try and do it every single day. It might only be for fifteen or twenty minutes, but the key is to get something organized everyday and make it consistent.

If you try and tackle too much at once, you won’t get done because of an already hectic schedule. Incomplete tasks are discouraging and you might just give up.

The smaller the task, the easier to complete

And the better you’ll feel.

Often organizing something as small as a junk drawer or even your wallet can give you the boost in motivation to “step it up” into a bigger project.

If you have to do the junk drawer over a two day period, big deal.

Take two days to do it.

Getting it done is the key.

One small step at a time.

Balance Work and Life During the Holidays

Holiday CCBalancing Work and Life During the Holidays

 

 

Preparation + Schedule + Self Care = Balance and enjoyment during the holiday season

The stores are ready to sell you items months in advance but are you ready to start planning that early? If you were to follow their lead and prepare yourself for a fun and enjoyable holiday season you would need to follow these simple tips.

  • Prepare by using an organized system year after year for gifts and card sending. By creating a gift giving template or spreadsheet with the headers Name/Gift 2015/Gift 2016/etc. you can list the people you need to buy for and what you purchased them year after year. For your Holiday card you could use the system that I use, SendOutCards. The system keeps your contacts in a group; Holiday Card, and you simply create your 2015 Holiday card with photos and text and select the group to send it to and the company will print, stuff, stamp, and mail it to all of your contacts in that group!
  • Schedule your parties and events on your calendar and include the address and what you are bringing and wearing to the event. Saturday morning of each week, while enjoying a cup of coffee, look over the upcoming week and make sure your outfits and accessories are all set to go and add any items to your weekly shopping list so you are prepared with the gifts and necessary meals.
  • Self Care ~ What do you need to do for yourself in order to stay happy and healthy during the overwhelming holiday season? Make a list of your favorite healthy foods, purchase some bubble bath, your favorite tea, schedule time for exercise and meditation, coffee and lunch with girlfriends, and make sure to have a couple of your favorite movies on hand. Do what you need to do to nurture yourself during this time.

Jewels Muller, wife, mother of twins, full time traveler, CEO and Founder of Chicks Connect Mastermind Support Network Connecting women globally in Action, Accountability, Personal and Professional growth and development all built on a foundation of Love, Fun, Friendship, Service and Support!

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5 Steps to Office Organization ~ Step 1 of 5 ~ Prepare!

Organizing Book cover5 Steps to Office Organization ~ Step 1 of 5 ~ Prepare!

The Easy Way to Organize: How to Get Rid of the Mess Without the Stress

Visualize how you want your office to look and function before you start your organizing project.  See yourself creating the space you desire with ease.  Affirm that this project will go smoothly and that you will be able to quickly make decisions on what to keep and what to pass on.  See yourself meeting clients in this newly created organized space and feeling confident that you will close the deal.
You know where all of your client files are located, you can quickly create a marketing packet for the networking meeting in 15 minutes, you know that all of your supplies are ready within arm’s reach and you know that the support you need is in place to carry out the process.  You move like water in a river; flowing over and around obstacles with great ease.  You know right where everything is and you know just what to do.  With this vision in mind you are ready to get started.  You now have the mental picture of your office and you may want to take time to actually draw a picture if you are a visual learner.  This will help keep you on track if you start to feel overwhelmed with the process.
Organizing can be physically tasking on a body as well.  If you have heavy furniture that needs to be moved, you need to ask for help.  You also need to prepare yourself physically by drinking a lot of water and eating throughout the process.  You can quickly deplete your energy if you are not careful and if you push yourself too hard.  Take frequent breaks to close your eyes and see that end result, drink some water and eat a snack.
Congratulate yourself during your process as well.  Celebrate in the success that you are creating for yourself.  Your commitment to getting organized is an amazing step in the right direction for your business and for you personally.

Ask yourself, Who uses the space that is to be organized?  Make sure that they are on board with your organizing efforts and work together to create a plan for your space.  How much time can we dedicate to this project?  When starting to organize a physical space, you will quickly become overwhelmed if you don’t set some parameters at the beginning of the project.
When taking everything out of the space and sorting each item, we create massive piles that seem even more disorganized than when we had everything hidden behind doors and drawers.  You need to designate an amount of time and make sure to only work in one section at a time so that everything can be put back at the end of your session.  Typically, you can sort an office in 4-6 hours.  If you only have 2 hour chunks of time, I suggest that you just focus on zones in your office. The Easy Way to Organize: How to Get Rid of the Mess Without the Stress

For example; start with the horizontal surfaces first.  Clear those into your sorting tubs and then on the next section do the upper cabinets, then lower cabinets, saving the file cabinets for last.  I talked about sorting tubs.  You want to make sure that you have all of the organizing supplies that you will need in order to be successful in your efforts.  Tubs or totes, garbage cans, labels, timer, and help.

We have 4 week Group Organizing Accountability Coaching programs dedicated to supporting you with your organizing efforts. You can also join a supportive mastermind team with Chicks Connect to keep you accountable and celebrate with you along the way.

Jewels Muller
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Chicks Connect CEO and Founder
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