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Do you feel disorganized in the morning? Is there a better way for you and your family to make the evening and mornings less hectic? Well, it is possible to fix all this with proper planning and preparation.
1. Start With the Basics
The jumble in your life doesn’t necessarily require an organization expert—the first step is to have an extraordinary meeting to cover the basics as a family. Suppose you are worried about your family productivity and weekly organization problems, its good to hold a family meeting before school starts.
In terms of productivity, Susan Pons, the vice president of Clear Concept, is one of the best-organized robots with very well-behaved children. However, she also admits that her children personally reject her strategies. So don’t take it at heart when your kids do it. Give them time.
Pons further admits that having a to-do list during a meeting and having a casual-bu-firm tone is a sure fix. When everyone works on the same game plan, it will automatically turn into a success. Since kids are involved, it’s good to start with simple questions like “What are family goals?” to questions like “what chores do I have to do before I get out of the house?” When you’re done, you can now create a tight timetable for the entire family.
2. Sync Up and Time Management
As a family head, you need to develop a better way to keep track of lessons, appointments, and shopping schedules. As much as this is an excellent way to keep track of events and social activities, chores and work around the house also need proper management.
Pons says that using a digital calendar can be an essential step in getting things done around the house. It is wise to have a “time budget.” The time allocation allows every family member to know where they need to be at a particular time. Time allocation reduces shared chores syncing done at the right time.
This overtime becomes essential since the family prioritizes schoolwork, jobs, chores, and fun time. Time allocation reduces chaos in a household from time to time. You can also get a functional family operating system to assist everyone.
3. Organize and Sort Things in the house
It’s crucial to begin on a clean slate weekly if possible. Sorting means that you and your household members need to purge, sort, donate and arrange things around the house. It’s easier said than done, but in the long run, it yields perfect results.
It’s important to realize that going through your belongings to rearrange them can be overwhelming. Still, your efforts will bear fruits since this provides you with a chance to tackle issues one by one; it’s essential to get specific. As you sort your things, it is essential to differentiate if you donate or recycle, save, throw away or keep.
4. Only Get the Essentials
Now that you have rearranged everything, it’s now time to stock up. Things that will keep your household disorganized are failing to get the essential needs. Target to get essentials for your family such as:
- Office supplies: Printer ink, printing paper, envelopes, Pencils, Pens, Greeting Cards, and Stamps.
- Household items: Toilet paper, paper towels, Tissues, Batteries, and cleaning supplies
- Bathroom supplies: Conditioner, Shampoo, soap toothpaste, electric toothbrush heads, dental floss, body wash, Moisturizer, Sunscreen, shaving cream, and razors.
- Nonperishable food: Food items like Snacks, Cereal, and favorite freezer foods.
- Baby/Kid items: Wipes, Diapers, Medicines, Band-Aids, art supplies, Hair clips.
5. Create A Space for Everything
After rearranging everything, it’s essential to keep everything back where it logically should be. Please resist the urge to take items back and stuff them in one corner. Group-specific items together and ensure that they have designated storage space.
A good idea for this is to have storage bins or containers. The storage bins can individually separate items like nail polish, batteries, sewing/repair kits, shoe cleaning supplies, and other things. Storage bins will automatically place everything in a place where you can easily access them.
6. If You Don’t Need It, Put it Away
Now that the house became organized as you wanted, you have to maintain it that way. Since we already discussed how to train your family on chore time schedules. It’s a simple way to keep things organized when you put things back when you do not need them. It can be as simple as placing your hairbrush back to where it was.
Disciplined returning of items to their designated spaces can develop into a family culture when observed. Teach your children about this simple trait, and you won’t worry about clutter in your house.