Managing Schedules

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Having a schedule is one of the most important parts of time management. Without a schedule, everything ends up in a chaotic mess of random activity. You already use a schedule mentally, figuring how long it will take you to get ready before you go out, when you’ll eat, when you’ll sleep, and so forth. If your life is moving along smoothly with a mental schedule, great! If you find yourself always running behind, forgetting things, getting backed-up or side-tracked, losing track of time, and so forth, you need to sit down and make a…

The Laws of Saving Time

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Have a place for everything, and keep everything in it’s place for quick retrieval. Looking for misplaced items is a huge waste of time. Avoid going through this by organizing your home, office, backpack, locker, … to ensure that everything has a place. Put everything into centers or stations (e.g. media center, household workstation, craft center, etc.), and put those centers where they will most likely be used (a craft center in your bedroom is useless if you do all of your crafts in the family room and tend to leave your projects and supplies…

Deciding Where to Put Everything

Content Updated October 3, 2007 An organized home has a place for everything and everything is put in its place, but where should everything go? Planning Centers Remember how your kindergarten teacher had the “imaginative play center,” the “art center,” the “blocks center,” the “reading center,” and so forth. This is exactly the way you should organize your home (and you just thought you learned about the alphabet in kindergarten). First, figure out what centers you will have in your home, yard, and garage. Here are some center ideas to stimulate your brain: Home workstation center (visit Making a Home…

Getting Rid of Clutter

Content Updated October 3, 2007 If you have a hard time keeping your home clean, you may just have too much stuff. It takes time to clean clutter. The more you have, the more you have to clean. Plus, a cluttered home, no matter how much you clean it, always tends to look messy. So start de-cluttering your world. Pick a place to de-clutter Closets, junk drawers, and bookshelves are usually the easiest place to start, but if you are more concerned about a more prominent area (such as your living room) it may be best to start there. Don’t…

How to Organize Your Kitchen

Content Updated October 3, 2007 When your kitchen is organized, cooking is fun. Food Preparation Center Clear Counter Space You need a very big section of counter space with no clutter on it for rolling out dough and other tasks that take up so much room. Also, having less clutter makes cleanup much easier. If you tend to roll out cookies, knead bread dough, or make candy frequently, you may want to make sure that your counter space in this area is smooth. If you can’t replace your countertop, try getting a big, smooth, stone slab. Sink for Food Only…

Is It Clutter or Treasure?

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Take a good look at EVERYTHING you own. Do you own your stuff, or does your stuff own you? We are brought up in a culture that suggests that “more is more,” but we forget to ask “more is more of what?” More time spent cleaning your stuff? More money spent maintaining your stuff? More space for storing your stuff? More work moving your stuff? More anxiety protecting your stuff? All of this stuff clutters our space, our time, and our focus. It drains our energy, our minds, and our savings accounts. The best way…

Creating Storage Space

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Buy or build furniture that is functional for everyday use but also has built in storage. Even if your current furniture is perfectly fine, if you’re not attached to it, and it doesn’t add to your storage space, you may want to consider replacing it. Always buy tables (end tables, nightstands, coffee tables) with drawers or cabinets or at least a shelf or two. Buy bunk beds with built in bookshelves, drawers, and cubbies for your kids. Consider buying armoires instead of open bookshelves, so you have a place to hide your clutter, or buy…

Making the Household Organizer: How to Put a Household Notebook / Organizer Together

Content Updated on October 14, 2007 Once you get your supplies (see Supplies You Need for a Household Notebook), you’ll need to assemble everything. Set Up Your Dividers Be Logical Set up your sections in a logical way, so other family members won’t have to fumble through the notebook to find what they needs. It’s best to put frequently used and important sections (e.g. emergency information) closer to the front, so they can be found quickly. Group Things Together Don’t try to make a section for every little thing. For example, I’ve seen people make one section for “daily chores,”…