We have finally made it to the last day of the "21 Days to a More Organized Home" Challenge! Are you as excited as me? I sure hope so!
If you haven't finished all of the projects by now, don't worry. Keep working as hard and as often as you can until it gets done. I know organizing takes time and can be, well, difficult physically, mentally, and emotionally, especially when you are experiencing a significant change in your life. Don't give up. Keep working hard and you'll get there! I promise!
DAY 21: Staying Organized
Now that you have completely (or almost) organized your home, you need to stay organized. Just because you finished the hard work, doesn't mean you get to take a break. Organization takes practice and maintenance long after you have finished your initial organization. Here are 10 easy tips to keep you organized!
1. Utilize lists and your planner!
I didn't ask you to put together a planner for nothing! Use it! Make lists of everything you want and need to do and start planning times to do it. This will help you stay on top of clutter and up keep around your home because you have a designated time to do it!
2. Keep your planner updated.
Make sure ALL appointments, events, dates, and everything else is written down. This will help you schedule times to work on keeping up with your house and schedule time for you to reward yourself.
3. Menu plan.
I know I haven't touched on this before, but planning your menus for each day reduced MENTAL clutter. Mental clutter often manifests itself into physical clutter if not dealt with. Manage your mental clutter by planning meals and utilizing your planner and lists.
4. Never leave a room empty handed.
We tend to bring things into a room that doesn't belong there several times a day. When you leave a room, bring that item (or another) with you that doesn't belong and put it back. I make a pile at the end of the stairs for items that need to be returned upstairs and bring several items with me each time I go up.
5. Assign chores.
Don't have kids? It doesn't matter. Assign your husband or wife chores or anyone else living with you. The burden is not yours alone. The entire family needs to be involved in maintaining your organization.
6. Create a donation box.
Keep this box somewhere out of the way, but assessable. Every week place a couple items in the box. Sometimes we don't realize we don't need an item until we start utilizing new systems. Having a box allows you to remove the item from the original location and doesn't clutter other areas. Donate the items once a month or sell them.
7. Create a "Gone" box.
This box will be for items that need to leave the house immediately but is not trash. This will include items you need to return to a friend, mailed, or returned. Add items as needed.
8. Do a 10 minute pick up everyday.
Time doesn't matter, but the end of the day is best. Pick up and return items out of place for 10 minutes every day to maintain clutter.
9. Adjust your attitude.
Don't beat yourself up if things get a little out of control. Life happens! Its okay!
10. Reward yourself.
Need I say more?
I hope this series has been helpful. I know I have had fun doing it and I look forward to running the series again next year. If you have any comments, suggestions, or advice please send them my way. I would love to hear from my readers!
<3The Mortician's Wife
Day 1: Welcome
Day 2: Time Management
Day 3: Using Your Planner
Day 4, Part 1: Mail Clutter
Day 4, Part 2: An Action File
Day 5: Other Paper Clutter
Pin It! Organized Home Edition 1
Day 6: Magazine Clutter
Day 7: Attacking your Fridge
Day 8: Finishing Off the Freezer
Day 9: An Organized Pantry
Pin It! Organized Home Edition 2
Day 10: Decluttering Cabinets
Day 11 & 12: The Laundry Monster and the Bathroom Sink
Day 13 & 14: Bedrooms and Closets
Pin It! Organized Home Edition 3
Day 15: Your Living Space Clutter
Day 16 & 17: The Closet Monster
Day 18 & 19: The Monster Called a Garage
Pin It! Organized Home Edition 4
Day 20: Organizing Your Basement