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January 2006: Top Ten Organizing Part 1

It’s 2006 and it’s time for many of us to make good on those New Year’s resolutions! How many of you have made getting organized your New Year’s resolution? Are you tired of tripping over boxes and not being able to find what to wear in the morning? Are you sick of the piles of papers and magazines scattered all over the place? Well, if so, you have come to the right place! I am going to help you get organized once and for all!

I am going to share with you some of my top organizing tips:

1. Prioritize and Set Goals: - Make a list of things you must do and do the most important ones first. Then put a timeline – if they don’t get done – carry over to the next day then they become a priority for that day. Set SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely).

2. See the big picture – take time to look around and see what other people see when they come to your house! Scan the room and oops – there is a box of junk on the floor over there – let’s take that right away and put it where it belongs – not in the dining room! Oops the laundry basket doesn’t need to be on the stair landing!

3. Do one thing at a time – don’t try and get involved in organizing other rooms when you are trying to clear your kitchen counters or your dining room table. If something belongs in another room, create a pile or box and then take it to where it belongs when you have finished the task at hand. I’m sure you have heard this one before but with good reason – if you take it to the basement for example – you may end up reorganizing the toy cupboard and starting a whole new project (mess) and never complete the kitchen counters!

4. Don’t waste time – we all have the same 24 hours a day yet I hear it daily “I don’t have time!” We must make time for certain things! You would be surprised how much you can get done in 5 or 10 minutes if you need to! If you have a specific goal in mind and keep to it without interruption, you will see what I mean. Try it sometime. Since my children were small I used to tell them that – when they were waiting for a friend to come and the time seemed so long – I would say – don’t waste it waiting – get busy and before you know it they will be here. I practice what I preach and so if someone tells me they are coming over – I keep busy until the doorbell rings!