While January was the month of goals and resolutions, February is the month for love. Valentine’s Day marks a special day for our loved ones. Let’s make the rest of the month about loving your home and your organizational systems.
What part of your home do you love the most? Why? Can you transfer some of that to other areas that you don’t love as much or are trouble spots? Is it the look, smell, decor? Go room to room, stand in the space for a few minutes and assess what it is you love and what you would like to improve. Make a written list, breaking down into small areas or tasks so you can work on it a little at a time.
Do you love your current time management systems, i.e. your calendar and to do list routines? There are SO many choices in these areas. It may or may not be electronic. Paper planners are still taking up an entire aisle in the office supply stores and Franklin Covey, Day Timer, Blue Sky are all still in business! Or maybe you need a hybrid of electronic and paper, which is what I do. My calendar and big ‘ole Master To Do list are in Outlook, but I print out my weekly and daily to do lists so I can write all over them, cross items off, add items as I think about them or when I’m at a red light, etc.
Ok, few people would say they love their paper management systems but give thought to this as well. Would you love to come home to not having paper cluttering up your kitchen counters and all other flat surfaces in your home? Gather them up and decide how you will handle incoming papers moving forward. Wall pockets for kids to easily empty papers from their backpacks are a great solution. A designated place for bills, follow up items and papers for your spouse is crucial. Again, options abound so give thought to color and decorative containers that you love! Which one of these looks do you prefer?
What activities do you enjoy? Do you routinely make room in your schedule for them? You should! Block it out and preserve it as though it were a doctor’s appointment. Do you need to set up an area in your home, i.e. a craft space, exercise room, music or reading corner? Commit to honoring this part of your life.
We can’t forget about your loved ones. Engage them in conversation, make organizing a game, reach compromises if necessary and resolve to work together as a family to reach organizational happiness under one roof.
May February be filled with all the people and things you love the most!