Monday, May 11, 2009

Mission Organization

I am heading off a week long computer and TV fast. (with the exception of American Idol) The purpose is to catch up on some much needed organization projects that have been taunting me for months. I have a plan to get everything done! Wanna hear it? Sure you do! That is why you are here right?


Ok so some of you know that I took a Marie Ricks House of Order class a year or so ago and LOVED it. She had some great ideas that I have been wanting to try. I am not going to be stubborn or lazy any more! I am going to get what I can done this week. Here is a list of what I want to accomplish (many of the ideas came from the House of Order book)


#1 Make a plan for each room. What I want to accomplish and the ideas I have for organization.


#2 In each room get rid of close to half of the stuff. This means throwing it away, giving it away or storing it away. The philosophy behind this is the less stuff I have the less cluttered my house will be.


#3 Make small, easy and cheap adjustments to my organization or for the little things that annoy me. For example, I am pretty tired of the kids getting out of the bath and trowing their wet bath towel just anywhere. We don't have a place in the bathroom for them to each hang their own towel (thanks to my sister's family they each got the most adorable towel with their names embroidered on it for their birthdays!) I have a plan to hang hooks on the back of the door for them to be able to hang them up.


#4 Set up a system in each room that will best suit the needs of that room. This is to cut down on the time that is spent in that room. Marie ricks did an awesome presentation of this in her class. Let me do it for you now. First start by drawing a picture of your kitchen. Then take your pen and trace your steps in making a meal. If you have something that looks like this...

There are changes that need to be made. It could be as simple of relocating your pots and pans, or the utensils that you use when cooking. Maybe moving the spices closer to the stove. I plan on looking at every room to see if there is something that can be changed.

#5 Revising my "Brain Box" (again from Marie Ricks) My "brain box" is a box that holds every chore that needs to be done around the house. This includes things that are done daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly. It is a system to help you keep on top of things. Every day you go pull out the cards that are to be done that day and do them. The bathrooms get cleaned once a week, laundry gets done every day, the ceiling fans gets dusted once a month, and so on. If I could not be lazy and actually do it, it would be a great system. I am determined to make it work!

So there you have it guys! My plan. This is why I won't be around for a week. But for your entertainment I will be setting a post of some crazy things that have happened to us in the last little bit. One of which includes a little girl catching her hair on fire!

See you next week!

6 comments:

Becky said...

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ROCK!!! I think I might have to take notes!!!! I've been TRYING to get a few things done before school is out because once summer gets here, my time and focus switches a wee bit. Can't wait to hear back and see how it all goes!!!

Holly | Reed Photographic said...

Good luck! We've been doing similar revamping of our routines - but in different areas. It can be very rewarding!

Aubrey Anne said...

WOW! I might be copying you as I unpack my house this week!! :)

RaCeNMoMmY said...

good luck. I've been working on getting my house organized too. it's gotten out of hand. see you next week!

Robin and Stephenie said...

k when you are done come to my house and show me what to do. I need some help like that. I am going crazy I can't seem to keep my house clean GRRRRR have a good week.

Kim said...

This sounds like a good idea, I will remember it next time I clean my entire house...which won't be for awhile...