Use the Delay Feature on your washing machine to have a load of clothes washed when you get up. All you need to do then is put in the dryer!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Family Meetings

Last night we held our very first family meeting. We talked about school, our holiday plans for this year, work, and anything else that popped into our minds. It felt good to sit on the couch, with our cup of tea or glass of wine and talk as a family unit. We were able to communicate openly what was going on with us as individuals and what we were internally planning for the next months to come.

Keeping your home organized and open communication go hand in hand. What is important to you in life? Family is number one on my list. What about you?

My family needs someone to lead them through each day, and I can do that only when I am calm and at peace with myself. It helps that they know what to expect from me and what I can expect from each member of our family.

In view of that, let's start with a plan for your homes. We will start at the beginning to eliminate clutter and improve family relations. Have a family meeting this week and make a plan. Get a journal or notebook and write down goals for the family, for your home, for you. Keep a list of your accomplishments so you can visualize where you started and see how far you have progressed. This will be a great opportunity to track your growth over the coming months.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Personal Space

Today I am feeling ready to go. I look around my bedroom, which is always one of the first rooms to get in order. There is a sense of peace and calmness in my room. I usually tackle this room a few times a day (uh husband remember?) so that things can stay in order.

First thing that I do is put away all clothes - clear the floor. Dirty clothes go into the laundry room. Sort them right away, why put off what you can easily do in a few moments? Next, hang and fold all clean clothes. That should semi clean the floor up. Do this every single day.

Make your bed. I do this every morning. My 6 year old daughter makes her own bed as well. My husband, well not so much. I chalk that up to that he's married to me! There should already be some order in your bedroom. Clear the night stands - if there are glasses from water or tea cups, they belong in the kitchen so go put them there. If there is garbage anywhere place in the trash can. Again this is an every day event.

Dusting is not my favorite thing to do. In fact, I really don't care for it too much at all. However, I like the furniture to be dust free - take a damp cloth and wipe it down. Cleaning products are great, however too much product and you will have a build up of it on your furniture. Do this 2-3 times a month, depending on how much dust there is. Vacuum every week. Not so hard and if you are really into cleaning like I am, it can help you unload some stress. Have older kids? Get them to help. There may be complaining at first but what 10 year old doesn't?

My room is done - there is nothing under my bed except for my yoga mat. I pull that out to use it constantly, so to me thats ok. There should be nothing under your bed too.

Now when you are home from work, or pop into your room for a minute during the day and you see the clear room, a sense of peace may wash over you too. I have one more item that I use in my room alot - its an essential oil diffuser. I can change the oils that I diffuse depending on my mood or what I want the room to smell like. Today it is lemon which is fresh, clean and invigorating. A good energy is in the room and inspires me to move onto my next project.

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Beginning...

Welcome to my Blog. Everthing about how I live is organized. My childrens lives are scheduled and structured. My husband is too, although he may not admit first. I have just launched a new career as a Professional Organizer & Consultant and it seems fitting to begin a blog as I embark on this new journey of my life.

Life to me is supposed to be organized. I find when things are not in their place and chaos is all around the house, I in turn have turmoil going on inside of me. From what I have observed over the past years this is true for so many people. The first step seems obvious to me: just get the stuff under control in your house and clean up.

But where to start?

Look around your house. Choose a room or a closet. Take a close look in the closet. Most likely at least half of what is in there is not needed. Items that were bought on a whim, or to fill a void in your heart. Hmmm... There is a connection between how you feel about yourself and where you are in your life and how your home looks.

What I am going to talk about in my blog is this connection and why our emotions play a role in organization. I will also offer my advice and tips for helping you organize your home. I can't wait to get started.