Outside In Organizer & Makeovers knows that being organized means improving all aspects of your life. Take out your 2012 calendar. Schedule your walks, runs, hikes, yoga class, session with your trainer, etc. for the entire year! The benefits of this task are measurable.
Outside In Organizer & Makeovers wants you to schedule your standing appointments for the entire year. Block out travel time to and from meetings that are off-site, and you will accurately visualize the time you have available for other projects and activities.
Here are some great ideas to start your new year in an organized fashion, check out these calendars: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/calendars-new-year-00000000050216/index.html?xid=df-12-28-2011
As 2012 approaches think about ways to organize your calendar. Write down all of the important occasions (birthdays and anniversaries) on your calendar for the entire year now. Buy cards for the entire month (always keep a few extra blank ones on hand). File them in your bill organizer each month (a week before the due date). You will never miss telling someone you care…on time!
My client is so motivated. Watch how we organize this drawer… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs8R3UwqiTk&feature=g-upl&context=G24999a0AUAAAAAAABAA
Living in San Diego is expensive so I am always looking to find ideas to save my organizing clients money… Do you clip coupons? Do you use them before they expire? Do you organize them in a way that makes them easy to use? Most important, do you have them with you when you need them? There are 3 tips for organizing your coupons: #1 – Purge all expired coupons immediately (do this once a month). #2 – Sort them into broad categories. Ex.: Food, Household, Toiletries #3 – File them into a coupon holder under the categories and put the holder in your car. You will always have them with you when you go shopping!
Don’t sabatoge your time. Plan to run errands at times when you are least likely to have to wait in lines. Too many excuses not to exercise? Do it first thing in the morning before you turn on the computer! Make difficult phone calls first & get them over with.
Establish a routine for accomplishing regular tasks. These might include: responding to email, paying bills, making phone calls, running errands. Set a day & time slot to do these tasks. For example, commit to some type of exercise every morning from 7-8 a.m. Check email 2x/day from 10-10:20 a.m. and 3-3:20 p.m. The benefit of a routine is to create blocks of time to work on more meaningful projects.
Most kids are on vacation for at least 2 weeks. No matter what their ages that’s a long time and planning some activities is in everyone’s best interest. TIPS: Use a calendar that is visible to the family & write down scheduled activities. Schedule time for reading (let them select the books) & mark due dates. Schedule time for them to do projects of their choice: clean their closet (bring donations to a local shelter), donate their toys (visit a children’s hospital), etc.
There are some basic tips for getting started that are easy to implement: TIP 1: Get rid of all clothing that is stained & torn. TIP 2: Get rid of all clothing that you have not worn in more than two (2) years. TIP 3: Get rid of clothing that does not fit you now…too tight, too loose, too short, etc.