I am typically a very organized person. I’m simply one of those people who has a container for everything but I guarantee you that it does not come naturally. I do have to work for it. Practice makes us better. Renewing your mind in a couple of key areas will help you to overcome your natural tendencies.
- Do It Now
When you see that something needs to be done do it. If you are currently working on another project that requires completion then write the other task down on your daily to do list. Don’t let yourself get sidetracked. As soon as you are finished with the other task you can begin on other tasks. I had to learn how to stop procrastinating.
- Piles are Simply Unmade Decisions
If you are a piler like me (everything from papers and DVDs goes into a pile), then this is for you. The reason you have a pile is because you haven’t make a decision about what to do with that item. The way to prevent piles is to not put off making decisions. Write that date on your calendar now and toss the flier. Decide now whether or not your child will attend that camp. Call that ministry now to find out how you can help. Decide now to put those new scrapbook elements away. Refer to #1 Do it now!
- Minimize Your Home
While preparing to sell our home I began the task of sorting through things we had to have and things we could store away. All of the how-to guides I’ve read on home selling state that you have to remove most of your belongings to make your home appealing to buyers. What I discovered through the process of simplifying our home is that I prefer things this way. It is strange that the more appealing I made our home for potential buyers the more appealing it was to us. Some things simply aren’t needed. It is okay to have some things you want but when you dedicate entire rooms and cabinets to stuff you simply wanted then that could be too much. Simplifying is liberating. When you have less stuff then you have less to manage and care for.
- Set Up a Command Central
What is a command central you ask? It is a central location that houses most all necessary items and information for a particular task or event. We have a household binder that serves as our command central for all things related to paperwork, medical documents, and calendars. An organizing caddy stores all of my natural cleaners with supplies and I also have an organizing tote that keeps all of my bible study/prayer materials in one location. My favorite though is my travel tote. In it I keep my personal planner, office supplies, iPod, Kindle, headphones, notebook, and many other things that I can just grab and go when the need arises.
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Giveaway CLOSED: Black Happy Dot Organizing Utility Tote
This is great for organizing cleaning products, to use as a diaper bag or a mobile office. It has 8 pockets!
This Friday, April 20th is my birthday. The older I get the more simplified I want my life to be. I believe in some way we all want to simplify things. I’ve decided to celebrate my birthday week by hosting giveaways (from Oreck, TrueLemon, Lodge, Couponizer, Thrity-One Gifts, and many more) and sharing some posts on simplifying life. If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe because over the next week we’ll discuss:
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