Over the last month, our boot camp has been focused on organizing kitchens, tax records, handbags, and kids’ activity or play spaces. You had the opportunity to devote serious time to these areas. This week, I am encouraging you to catch up on the projects you have not yet tackled or finished and/or those requiring a tune-up or regular maintenance.
Some maintenance ideas to consider:
- Peek into your pantry and tidy things up.
- Identify ingredients for at least 2 meals this week using items only from your pantry and/or fridge/freezer. The goal is to use what you already have at your disposal.
- Do you have paper clutter building up on a kitchen counter? Deal with it this week or it will only get worse!
- How do you store handbags you do not currently use? I clean mine, stuff them with tissue paper to retain a nice shape, and line them up on the top shelf in my closet so that I can see them clearly.
- This week, switch out your purses just for fun. Transfer the contents to a different purse just to force yourself to keep things simple and organized.
- Have you made an appointment with your accountant? Bought software to do your own tax return? Schedule yourself to take care of these items.
- Are there end-of-year tax forms you have not yet received? Think of investments, child care receipts, charitable donations, free lancing income, etc.
- What is going on with your prior years’ tax return records? Are you saving more than 7 years worth of returns? Either scan them and save as electronic files or shred tax file documents which are more than 7 years old.
- Everything related to what and where kids do things requires consistent maintenance.
- Practice tidy routines daily with the kids BEFORE dinner rather than after. It is a simple MUST do that I learned from Leslie of Organizing McKee Organizing Services.
- Take a pic of the organized space in its ideal condition and show the kids what you expect it to look like at the end of each day.
- Make sure there is a trash can and/or a paper recycling unit in the kids’ activity space to make clean up even faster.
Maintenance is key to any program. Make the time and identify reasons to keep up the organization you create.
What daily/weekly organizing maintenance routines do you practice?
Previously on Order Matters’ Organizing Boot Camp: