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The Organizette!, Issue #51 -- Planning in 2013
January 03, 2013
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We just had a very nice Christmas. I love the excitement the kids bring to the holiday. But soon after it’s over I get that surge of energy and a strong desire to clean everything up, put things away and reclaim my home! I love that clean fresh start after taking down the decorations. The house seems so much larger and, well, clean, to help with that fresh start of the new year.
I have also sat down to think about my intentions for 2013. It’s more of a giant “to do” list of things I’d like to finish doing, start doing, or doing better at. Just a list to remind me what I want to focus on. However, I was looking back at my 2012 intentions and it seems that I sort of got side-tracked because I didn’t get to a lot of the things on that to do list! So, I intend to keep my list hanging in a visible spot this year to make sure I don’t forget what I plan to accomplish this year. For example, I have a list of books I’d like to read, so when I get spare time, I can look at that list and see what I’d like to tackle next, instead of wandering aimlessly doing nonsense, which can be easy to do.
One thing I’m still trying to get under control is email. The new method I started a couple months back seemed to work somewhat, but I’m still falling behind and I don’t like the idea of undone stuff hanging over my head. Urgent stuff is read and done, not so urgent stuff seems to be forgotten, so maybe it just isn’t all that important.
Here’s to a productive 2013. May we all get better organized, use our time more efficiently, and have more fun and laughter, because it’s good medicine, for whatever challenges us.
Did you know…
According to a 2003 study by Real Simple magazine, American women spend 55.2 minutes per day looking for misplaced items. That comes to 14 days a year! Two weeks! That’s a lot of time to be looking for stuff!
The Monthly Mission – Living room
Being that it’s the start of the new year, and January is also Get Organized Month, I suggest you make a list of things you’d like to get organized this year… a particular room, a closet, your kitchen table, a drawer, you name it. Keep this master list out and handy so you can refer to it and decide which project you want to tackle next. Break down larger tasks into smaller ones so you’re not overwhelmed or run out of time (ex. “Clean off coffee table”, “purge magazine rack”, etc. instead of simply saying “organize living room”.)
This month’s mission is to get your living room tidied up and working for you and your family’s needs. To read the monthly mission for January,
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Getting organized isn’t just about putting things neatly away. It also has to do with stream lining systems in your home to save time, ease stress and keep messes from starting in the first place.
One of the biggest time savers I can think of is to do meal planning. I know there are many people that when 5 pm comes around, they ask the question “what’s for dinner?” In a panic, they look through their fridge and cabinets to see what they can put together. Oops, they’re missing an ingredient to make that, so they either have to find another option, or scurry off to the store. I understand that some people go to the grocery store several times a week. I do not like to be there any more than I have to. Once a week is it!
Meal planning doesn’t have to take a lot of time or effort. Here’s the basic idea:
That’s it! And now, you know what you’re having on each day of the week and you won’t have to make last minute trips to the grocery store. You can still be flexible too, if something should change, you can swap meal days because you still have all the ingredients. Think of all the extra time you’ll have and less stress because you’ll be going to the store only once a week, which is especially nice if you have to bring fussy kids along each time!
Now, once you get that routine down, you can fine tune it. Use your weekly grocery flyer to plan your meals around what’s on sale at the store. Or plan meals from what you have on hand that you need to use up.
For more details on meal planning, time saving, shopping tips and coupons, head on over to our
Daily Time Savers page.
Until next time, happy organizing!
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