Clutter slows you down.
Think about it, when you can’t find your keys in the morning, then you’re late for work.
Sifting through piles of paperwork to find a bill that needs to be paid takes so much of your of time.
Clutter comes in many forms. The stuff we cram into our homes, activities that waste our time and even people can be considered clutter! Anything that distracts and doesn’t add value or purpose to our lives is clutter.
The biggest complaint we hear from clients is “I just don’t have the time to get organized.” Here’s the truth. We all have the same amount of time in the day. How do some people manage to get the most out of their 24 than the rest? They simply take charge of their day and manage their time. You can too. Here’s how to start:
What’s important to you? There’s probably obvious things that jump to your mind: family, friends, hobbies and work. Do you sometimes feel like that movie, “Groundhog Day”? Where every day is the same? Monotony can be draining. It’s no wonder we seek “time-sucks” to distract us from the blah-ness of our days. Here’s a great exercise if feel like you’re on the hamster wheel of life.
Take a piece of paper and write down these seven categories:
Now, for the fun part. Start jotting down goals for each area.
Home “Make a quiet space to read.”
Family “Eat dinner together three times per week.”
Career “Take a certification class to prepare for a promotion.”
Social/Hobby “Schedule a lunch date with someone who always makes me laugh. Or “Start planning a trip to Greece!”
Physical/Health “Make doctor’s appointment.” Or “Start working out for 15 minutes three times per week.”
You get the idea. Make it fun, challenge yourself and face some of those things you’ve been procrastinating on.
Think of your time the same as you think of your money and budget it! You’re given 24 hours in your day and how are you going to spend it? Start creating a daily routine to maximize every precious second. Begin with creating a “start” and “end” time to your day. If you have kids or a spouse try waking up at least 30 minutes before them to get a head start. Now start to create a daily routine.
Choose three daily tasks to keep your home tidy. (Making my bed, one load of laundry and cleaning the kitchen are my three dailies!)
Map out your day:
Planning For Your Day (Can be done either first thing in the morning or the night before.)
Starting Your Day (Get up and get yourself and family up and prepared for the day.)
Work/Errands/School (This is the bulk of your day. Add in your daily tasks, mark a time say, 15 minutes to spend on the budget as an example.)
Personal/Family (This is the most important part of the day meant to refuel and connect you to the people that matter the most in your life.)
Ending Your Day (List tasks that should be completed to prepare for tomorrow.)
Notice that I didn’t put time slots in there. Perhaps your Family/Personal time is first thing in the morning. Also, take a look back at your list of priorities. Fit in a couple of those items into your daily routine. You can have separate daily routines for weekdays and weekends. It’s your life. Customize it.
“Is what I’m doing at this moment moving me toward my goals?”
Or how about this statement, “Bored people live boring lives.” Yeah, I said it. Now get off your phone, turn off the tv and go work toward one of your goals.
We encourage using a timer to tackle the tough tasks. Whether it’s going through paperwork, exercising, or working on your taxes few people want to feel like they’re spending countless hours slaving away at life’s tedious tasks. Set a timer and when you’re timer dings put away the task and move on to something else.
I declutter my house weekly. I still have two of my three kiddos at home and stuff piles up quickly. Who am I kidding….??? My piles aren’t only from my kids….my husband and I are just as guilty! (Poor kids….always getting the blame!)
I sometimes look around and think, “Where the hell-O did all this crap come from?!” I don’t even shop as much as I used to!
To keep the clutter at bay, I MUST declutter constantly….and I’ve come to enjoy the process too!
I use the timer on my phone, set it from anywhere from 5-20 minutes, take two trash bags (one for TOSS and one for DONATE), turn on some music and go from room to room just getting rid of stuff.
No, I’m serious, it’s really that easy! Do this at least once a month (what we like to call our “Monthly Purge” sounds scary, but it’s not!) and you’ll truly start seeing a huge difference in the amount of clutter in your home.
That’s it for now. Stay tuned as we have some super fun printables coming that will help you map out your day, manage your time and clear the clutter!
Thanks for reading!