Yesterday I was able to take part in a small seminar. We didn’t learn new kitchen tips or exercise moves, but I was still fascinated. The topic at hand?
Type A ladies, rejoice!
When I hear home organization, I immediately picture a Pottery Barn Catalog.
But does anyone really live like that? If so, I commend you. Actually, I envy you. I thrive on organization, but don’t always know the best way to achieve it. We talked about our definitions of organization before we were told the ‘correct’ definition.
Organization is knowing what you have and where to find it.
I like that definition, BUT according to that definition, I am ‘organized’ if I know that Hubbs’ brown belt is in the living room, under Koda’s bed and with a stray black winter mitten.
Somehow knowing where an item is among the chaos doesn’t make me feel organized, so we continued.
We discussed how, as women, that we are almost always the CEO’s of our home. Whether you are single, married, married with kids or empty nesters, there are distinct categories that require thought and organization when running your life and home.
- Home and Property (The space you live in and what you own)
- Food (Menus & meals)
- Family & Friends (Your relationships)
- Special Events (Anything not in the day to day- cook outs, parties, etc)
- Time & Scheduling
- Self Management (Time for you)
I liked the idea of breaking things down into categories because I could easily identify my strengths and weaknesses.
Strengths: Food (duh). Time & Scheduling. Special Events. Self Management.
Weaknesses: Family & Friends (I don’t do as well at staying in touch via phone as I’d like to. Thank goodness for the internet) Home & Property. (I would love more organization in our bonus rooms, garage, kitchen and storage).
What are you strengths and weaknesses?
We discussed the categories among each other and it was fun to hear what people were good at and their tips. It’s so helpful to learn from others. I talked about the importance of menu planning for the week and keeping emergency meal staples on hand at all times (pasta, sauce, turkey meatballs, frozen veggies).
I learned from others about the importance of a 5-minute pick up, where at the end of the day, everyone takes 5 minutes to put ‘stuff’ back where it belongs. Blankets get folded, not draped over the couch, cabinets closed, mail filed. I liked that tip because it means I would wake up in the morning feeling a bit more like my home was put together.
To wrap things up, our speaker revealed to us the 4 minimum daily requirements that if you do, you’re house will never be completely out of wack. She had my attention.
- Unload the dishwasher. Run it every night and unload it in the morning before breakfast. This is vital (especially if you live with anyone else other than yourself) because an empty dishwasher means that dishes won’t pile up in the sink or on the counter, and we all know how frazzled that feeling is.
- Do one load of laundry everyday. I REALLY liked this one. Sundays are usually laundry days at our house and I dread going in to separate the clothes and start the whole day process of washing, drying and folding. Do one load everyday. And see it through (meaning that clean clothes don’t sit in the dryer- they get folded and put away)
- Prep for dinner. This can be done on Sunday if you have the time- plan out your whole week! But guess what- dinner comes everyday and if you get home from work everyday with that dreaded question –UGH what’s for dinner?? – in the back of your head, you’re going to cause yourself a lot of unnecessary stress. Have a plan.
- Guest bathroom. She explained that this is important in case you have the unexpected guest drop by. Take 3 minutes each day to wipe down the toilet and sink with a Clorox wipe, spray in some bowl cleaner (no need to scrub) and fluff the hand towel.
She explained that by achieving these 4 daily minimum requirements, at the very least, you and your family will always have a clean counter space, something to wear, something to eat and the stress of knowing that if someone stops by, you can relax.
I realize this post was lengthy, but organization is something I strive for in my home, work and personal life. I feel it’s a subject I handle well, but could always learn more about.
Now, let’s learn from each other! What is your best organization tip?