I hear you! There are not enough hours in the day to have our homes feel completely finished, especially when it comes to organizing. Life is always changing, other people are involved, and you’re…. tired. I get it! So in today’s episode, I’m going to bring you our best tips from our most popular episodes to date to give you guidance on what to do when you don’t have enough time to organize or maintain your home.
We’re going to dive right in with our most popular episode from April 25: How to Start Organizing When You Feel Overwhelmed. In this episode, we walk through the steps to working toward your organization goals and what actions you can quickly take that make getting started SO much easier. Here are two of the biggest tips we give to people who are overwhelmed!
Step 3: Start in the corner
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In our episode from May 9: How to Create Organized and Functional Stations Within Your Home, we walk through how to think less about the space itself and more about the function of the tools within that space and their workflow to be more organized overall. Take a listen.
“I would recommend starting any station by doing a mental dress rehearsal of the tasks that I complete during my time in that station—and I like to plan backwards. I usually do this with paper and pencil or a whiteboard to get these steps firmly in order. When I bake cookies, my favorite thing to bake, I know that my end step of the process is going to be putting the cookies into a container once they’ve cooled. Working backward from that step, I have
From January 5: These Three Categories Can Help You Conquer Mail Clutter for GOOD, I provide you with the ONLY three categories of mail you ever need to consider—and if you really want to navigate your paper efficiently, these categories align perfectly with maintaining the Pile to File system, found in our eBook and linked in the show notes. Here they are:
“After years of struggling with major mail purge systems, I finally realized that mail falls into three categories. That's it! It's simple. Three categories is TOTALLY manageable! And so I started managing it.
Finally, in our episode from June 13: The Cyclical Impact of Major Life Changes and Being Organized, we talk about the cyclical impact that major life changes and being organized have on each other—and a few actionable steps you can take to manage overwhelm in these major life moments. This is my favorite actionable step to date and what I anchor in as a literal mantra during busy seasons.
“I heard this tip on the Sorta Awesome podcast a few years ago, and it has been life changing for me. When we’re in a season of overwhelm, letting everything go except dinner, dishes, and dirty laundry is okay. I want to flip that and encourage you to pick one of these fundamental chores that you hate doing and determine if you can streamline your system and organize it 1% better. Perhaps that means organizing your pantry by food group, putting your laundry products in the order that you use them, or setting “bussing bins” in each of the kids’ rooms for them to empty any dirty dishes from around the house after dinner into the sink. Don’t try and fix the whole thing—just make one part of your organizing system a little bit better.”
Well friends, I hope these tips have been helpful for you! If you only take ONE of these nuggets of organizing wisdom and apply it to your home today, can you make your space just a tiny bit more functional for you? I would love to hear which tips resonate most with you and work in your home! Let me know by sending me an email at email@example.com.
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