February, 2014

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Organize In Small, Manageable Pieces!

This post is long overdue, and I already shared the website, Home Storage Solutions, on my Facebook page. In case you missed it, they came up with a fantastic organization calendar for FREE that helps you organize your home in small, manageable chunks. In just 15 minutes a day, you can have an organized home by the end of the year! But wait, there’s more!

I signed up for the email list, printed out the calendar, and started working on it to see just how manageable it is. I have found that many areas I could already cross off because I already keep them organized (my kitchen is already pretty well-organized). But there are still some places that need organizing in my own home. I admit that I cheated because I enjoy organizing, so I spent more than 15 minutes and crossed off a few more days off the calendar.

One thing that did strike me as odd was the suggestion to keep a pantry inventory. I disagree. If your pantry is organized in a way that you know where to find things, you don’t need to keep an inventory. When you run out of something (or come close to it), add it to your shopping list. I would find it more difficult to maintain an inventory – crossing things off as they’re used and adding as they’re purchased – than to just keep my pantry organized. But everyone is different; perhaps that will help you.

I am excited about weekly meal planning. If you read my other blog, Diet Slowly, you can see that meal planning is my biggest weakness. My husband and I are working through that, and I will likely try one of the websites mentioned in Week 8: Healthy Meal Planning to help keep us on plan. This week seems to be going well.

Have you printed out the organization calendar yet? How has it helped you? Is there anything I can help you work through?