, the two most popular times of the year to get organized are the beginning of January and after Labor Day.
In a way they are both the start of a new year. In January it really is the start of a new year and after Labor Day is thought of as 'back to school' which for many moms is the start of a new year!
I'd like to help you get organized this year BEFORE the 'after Labor Day' get organized rush.
I'm going to give you 10 areas to organize in 30 days. That means you can make huge progress in the month of August and you only have to organize every 3rd day or so. Sound doable?!
I'm using the word 'throw' but please know I also mean recycle/shred/give away. By 'throw' I mean that it's good bye and out of your life in whatever fashion you choose.
- Use big black garbage bags
- Once you throw something away you may not 'dumpster dive' later. You made your decision; stick to it.
- Set a timer for 10 minutes and go for it. Don't do anything else. Stay focused.
- If after 10 minutes you're really in the swing of things and want to keep going my answer is "YES"!!!!
- Be ruthless. This is not the time to be namby-pamby.
Area #1: Makeup Drawer
Throw out 10 items that are empty or expired and/or give away 10 items that you don't like and someone else can use
Area #2: Fridge
Dump 10 items that are out of date or you'll never eat
Area #3: Sock Drawer
Throw out 10 unmatched socks.
Area #4: Junk Drawer
Throw out 10 keys or 10 items like dried up glue sticks, empty tape dispensers, dead pens, and broken items.
Area #5: Under the sink
Yes, I know this is a horrible area but there are lots of items hiding there you'll never use. Throw 10 items out.
Area #6: Your closet
I bet in 3 minutes you can find 10 items to give to someone else who would love to wear them and you haven't worn them in years.
Area #7: Kitchen counter
Throw or take care of 10 pieces of paper. Or, if you're feeling really industrious 10 piles of paper.
Area #8: Hot pad/dish towel drawer
Throw out 10 ratty hot pads and/or dish towels. You have my permission to buy pretty new ones.
Area #9: Laundry area
Throw out 10 of your lotions and potions that you never use. Look behind the washer.
Area #10: Magazine basket/area
Get rid of 10 magazines. You'll never read them; you have no time.
There, 10 areas in 30 days. I'm even giving you a calendar so you can keep track of your progress. Print it out, tape on a kitchen counter, and cross off areas as you complete them.
I'd love to take part in your journey! At my blog please post as you conquer each area. I can't wait to celebrate with you!
Love and confidence,