A huge part of my business happens in the fall when moms everywhere realize that their plan for getting organized during the summer didn’t happen as planned. School is out this week where I live, so I’m offering up this 10-week strategy for getting organized. The idea is that you tackle one manageable topic each week, and you find yourself a bit more organized at the end of the summer, but you still have time to enjoy yourself, guilt-free!
I’d love to hear how this works out for you. Please post a comment and let me know if this plan helps you. Happy summer!
Week 1: summer calendar, backpacks and sports gear
During this week, ensure that all summer activities, camps, vacations, babysitter time-off, and travel is on the same calendar to avoid overlaps and gaps. Also, unpack backpacks and sports bags coming home from school to avoid lost items and fuzzy green sandwich remains surfacing in the fall.
Week 2: summer clothes
During this week, cull through all family members clothing to ensure everyone is covered, so to speak.
Week 3: fitness routine
During this week, if you’ve let your own fitness routine slip, look at ways to incorporate fitness, healthy eating, or other healthy habits back into your day. Take a class or enlist a buddy to help make it stick.
Week 4: kid artwork and paperwork
During this week, get each kid to review last year’s treasures and masterpieces with you, and decide on the best items to archive. Then order Dynamic Frames to help organize next year’s works effortlessly and beautifully.
Week 5: an unfinished project of your choice
Choose something you’ve been meaning to get done and tackle it, whatever it is. Refinishing a piece of furniture, organizing the garage, having a contractor make repairs, or even making that long overdue doctor’s appointment for yourself deserves your attention this week.
Week 6: household paperwork
Yep, you knew this was coming. Devote just 30 minutes each day this week to clearing off counters, desks and tables. If you need to set up or tweak your filing system, challenge yourself to do this in under an hour. Ensure there is a mail handling station you can live with.
Week 7: mom’s closet
Earmark one day this week to cull through your closet for items to donate. Anything that is to small, too big, stained, ripped, hopelessly out of date or ill-fitting needs to go. Then, and here’s the fun part, make a list of items you want to add to your wardrobe, and go shopping for good quality staples.
Week 8: school clothes
This is the week you tackle the kid’s clothes. Get in there with your kids, and get an idea of what is in good shape and what needs to be replaced. The stores will be having back to school sales by now, and going armed with a list of what’s needed will save you money at the registers.
Week 9: school supplies
Ditto last week. Take a day early in the week to clear out the junk drawer and desk drawers, lightly organizing, before hitting the office supply stores.
Week 10: new routine (dry run)
This week, take pride in the fact that you’ve accomplished so much this summer. Then write down your new routine and run it by each member of the family. Get agreement on activities, house rules, curfews, and morning routines. Do a daily dry run the week before school starts, and you’ll have less whining and more smiles come fall.