5 Ways To Organize5 Ways To Organize

Summer is upon us and it is a great time of year to organize your home, especially with the kids out of school. Getting organized in one of the most common goals, so if it is one of yours as well, here are 5 ways to organize.

Top Organizing Tips

Create A Cleaning Schedule

Everyone likes a clean home but very few people like a huge cleaning project. Build a schedule which allows you to clean as you go – daily tasks which are quick and easy to accomplish as part of the routine. Get the kids involved with a 20 minute clean up challenge each week, with a reward at the end of the week, such as a favorite family movie, pizza night or putt putt golf tickets.

Pull Out The Crock Pot

Planning meals are so much easier with a crock pot. Start your evening meal before you leave for work or you run out the door to do errands for the afternoon, and you won’t have to make that dreaded stop at the grocery story after a long day. Is there anything better than walking through the door and smelling dinner ready to eat. Let the kids pick a meal each week that you can put in the crock pot for easy cooking.

Enlist Help

Everyone in the household can help out with daily tasks. Create a fun and colorful calendar and assign each household member with tasks that best suit their interests or skill level. If you have a gamer on your hands, assign them the room the TV is in. Perhaps you have someone who loves shooting hoops in the backyard, who could be assigned to clean up after the pets, pick up toys and sweep off the patio. Have someone who loves folding things? Sounds like laundry duty may be the ticket.

Set Goals

Create manageable and quantifiable goals and measure the achievement weekly. This is where that fun and colorful calendar can come into play. There is no rule that the entire house has to be cleaned in one day. Break up the tasks a bit such as bathrooms on Monday, laundry on Tuesday, the great room on Wednesday, etc. Next thing you know, the house is cleaned and picked up and it is the weekend, so you can enjoy some time to yourself or as a family.

Prioritize

The most important way to organize your life is to set priorities. Not everything has to be accomplished all at once. Be realistic and start small. Set goals based on what’s most important. How often do the floors need to be cleaned, the garage and patio floors swept, laundry done, grocery shopping completed. Make things manageable in what can be done in 10-15 minutes, instead of trying to find time to set aside 3 or 4 or 5 hours to organize.