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Table of Contents

-Did you know?
-Monthly Mission – Home Filing System
-What’s New on Plan-and-Organize-Life.com – Recent site additions
-Changing Habits


Welcome to April! Last month I talked about the One-Minute Rule… if something can be done in under a minute, just do it! Well, we’ve been at it for a month here and I have to say, old habits are hard to break. I completely see the value in this rule since I see that there are a million things we can do in under a minute! Just looking around me now, I can see several things that could be put away in under a minute, and that alone would make the house look a lot more clean and organized. The other challenge is getting the family to follow through with the plan. So, we’ll keep at it. Scroll down to read more about changing habits.

Did you know…

Here is a bookcase for those of us who have a really hard time letting go of books so that we don’t go beyond our allotted space. It’s the expandable bookcase! It splits down the center opening into a V-shaped bookcase. It’s not an April Fool’s joke, but I have to say, I’d be a little worried about it completely collapsing! Best to just keep with setting our space limits and sticking to them. Check out the expandable V bookcase here.

The Monthly Mission – Home Filing System

It’s tax time. Can you find all your papers? I keep a folder in my file drawer for this years tax papers. I drop them in whenever I get them. When tax time comes, everything is there. For more information on how to organize your daily paperwork, click here.

Recent Site Additions

Here are some of the more recently added pages to the website you may have missed.

How To Organize Books For Kids - A quick and simple way to organize kids books so they can actually access them and put them away when they're done.

Before and After Photos - If you enjoy seeing before and after photos of organizing projects, you can find them all right here.

Living Room Storage Make-over - See how we recently re-organized our living room (play room) with a new Ikea wall unit that's great for storing lots of stuff.

Adding A Closet Shelf - See how adding a quick and simple shelf to a closet can add functional space.

Spice Rack - See before and after photos of my spice storage including my new spice rack.

Garage Makeover - before and after photos of my personal garage makeover. See how we tackled the problems and ended up with a functional garage.

Streamline Your Morning Routine - Ideas to help you get out the door in the morning and be on time for work or school.

Bathroom Drawer Make Over - How to organize a bathroom drawer, an example with before and after photos.

Stop Clutter - Quick simple tips on how to stop the clutter from coming into your home in the first place.

Getting Organized Magazine - Wide Banner Ad

Changing Habits

As I mentioned above, starting the new habit of picking up after ourselves with the One-Minute rule is proving to be a bit more challenging than I first thought, even though the payoff would be significant. Therefore, it’s something worth working on to make it stick.

I did a little reading to find some tips to help make a new habit stick. Here’s what I found.

We are no stranger to habits. Possible habits could be having toast and coffee for breakfast, putting our keys in a dish when we walk in the house, or throwing our dirty clothes on the floor when we change (instead of using the hamper). Good or bad, a habit is a habit.

Studies have shown that it takes 21 days to form a habit. If you can do the new desired behavior for 21 days, it should become a natural habit. Of course, you will need to fight for this new habit, resist the urge to do your old habit, and nourish the new one. It’s especially hard to stop an old habit that you’ve been doing for a very long time!

One tip to help us get through that 21 days and not break the new habit is to only work on one habit at a time. Many of us want to change everything in a day, but it’s jut not realistic. We should focus on one new habit to help ensure its success. There is always time to learn more habits.

Another suggestion to help nurture your new habit is to connect it to a habit you already have. For example, if you unload/load your dishwasher every morning after breakfast, you can add the new habit of sweeping the kitchen floor right afterwards. The dishwasher chore will be your prompt to sweep the floor.

To help ensure you don’t forget to do your new habit, write it down on your daily to do list and schedule it for right after your chore that you’re using as a prompt to remember the new habit. (Unload/load dishwasher, sweep floor.) Eventually you won’t need to write these down every day because they’ll be a natural habit!

Of course, it doesn’t hurt to team up with a friend or family member to help make sure you both do your new habit without fail for 21 days. Make it fun! And there’s nothing wrong with rewarding yourself when you’ve reached your goal of doing the new habit for 21 days.

Let’s all pick one simple new habit that will make a positive impact on our home, our lifestyle or our selves. It could be as simple as choosing to make your bed, setting out clothing for tomorrow to make sure your mornings are easier, or remembering to floss your teeth. Good luck!

Until next time, happy organizing!

Tracy Greene

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