Organising You – You can do it, make the start

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Have you been struggling to know where to start?  TODAY is the day to start getting YOU organised, tidy the house, exercise, be social whatever your priority is… you can do it, don’t procrastinate, please just try.

you can do whatever you want

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Follow these steps:

  1. Print the weekly plannercalendar or get your diary and write in all your appointments for the month.
  2. List your priorities
  3. Determine what your weaknesses are
  4. Create a plan.  Use the Cleaning Checklist and gradually make your way to a cleaner home.  Use your planner, calendar or diary to create a cleaning routine for yourself. 

List your priorities and weaknesses

What are your priorities?  My priorities are:

  • exercise
  • balancing work and family
  • follow my cleaning routine
  • finding time to relax
My weaknesses
  • time, I don’t have enough
  • too much time on the computer while kids are at home
  • too much to do so I skipped the gym
  • I haven’t scrapbooked for a very long time
My plan

Each morning I make the kids and hubby’s lunches and ensure that washing is always on the line (I like to put it out the afternoon before), along with completing a few other chores.  While I have my breakfast I have 5 minutes computer time.  I take the kids to school and have now learnt to put me next.  Before, I would more than likely come home and blog or fluff around on the computer which can easily draw you in for a few hours.  Now I have prioritised, I am putting me first….

  1. As soon as I drop the kids at school I head to the gym
  2. Come home, shower
  3. Complete my cleaning tasks
  4. Make dinner (2 day’s a week I need to start during day as we have after school sports to attend) or do some baking.
  5. Then….it is my blogging/computer time or coffee with a friend, go shopping, attend appointments etc
  6. Pick the kids up from school.  Here I have also learnt to have computer free time between 3-7pm

You really can do whatever you want, set your mind to it and please at least try.

What are your priorities?

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Karen Whitehouse on Facebook February 2, 2012 - 5:58 AM

Great post – i love it 🙂

Lynne Stuart on Facebook February 2, 2012 - 6:17 AM

So true about the computer, it can very easily take over your precious time. Great post.

Veronica White on Facebook February 2, 2012 - 6:35 AM

Got a new “to do”note book, school starts tomorrow, planning in my head my new debt bustin strategy and about to email re aphotgraphy course to learn how to use my camera better, then I’m going to write a list of pages I need to scrap

Michelle Gunther on Facebook February 2, 2012 - 7:36 AM

Hey I just bought the cleaning checklist from you and for some reason it had for you to send to my postal address. Can I message you through my email address so you can just send it to there please?

Sherie February 2, 2012 - 9:33 AM

Love it, sounds just like me lol except I still have 2 littlies at home so even though it’s just over an hour i try and walk the kids to school, and home again unless it’s really hot. i just did my routine sheets the other day of the kids routines morning and afternoon, cleaning check lists, and my routine – but do need to change it a bit to put “me” in too 🙂

Michelle Gunther on Facebook February 2, 2012 - 9:58 AM

scrap that it’s there

The Communal Pantry on Facebook February 2, 2012 - 9:59 AM

Thanks for reminding us xo

Tellie C February 2, 2012 - 10:34 AM

Sounds great! This page is so inspiring! Well done Katrina! I now always make sure that after Ive dropped my eldest 3 to school and got the littlest to sleep, that I wash the breakfast dishes and then put a load of washing on and fold the clean laundry (Im still guilty of using the dryer to much) and then once those things are done, I can have a coffee and sit down on the computer until my little Miss wakes up, and I’m trying really hard to then, get off the computer, Ive even started turning it off. I don’t need to waste anymore time on the computer, when I could be spending it with her!
I am going to try and use my slow cooker a little more often too. The afternoon routine in our hosue is still really hectic. 3 big kids wanting/ needing to do homework and needing help, bathes and me trying to get dinner organised and cooked, all the while listening to my Bubby scream and whinge because she is weaning herself from and afternoon sleep, its really frustrating trying to help the big kids, while she is crying and then I need to attend to her, and can’t help them, then things need to be cooked for dinner and my partner isnt home until about 6.30pm…… so I’ll work on this routine abit more to make things as easy as possible in the afternoon’s/ early night!

Jodie Emerton on Facebook February 2, 2012 - 11:12 AM

Just love your blog and all the great, inspiring and motivational ideas and tips XX

Gayemurphy February 2, 2012 - 10:03 PM

I wrote out a routine for the kids – Morning, Afternoon & Evening, the morning one is the one they’ve practically nailed as we worked hard on getting it down pat last year… I’ve rearranged this years after school activities, so we’re still working on the afternoon routine & the evening routine is thrown into disarray when Daddy goes away for work… What I’ve been wanting to do is write my personal routine out, so that I keep on top of everything that needs to get done… As I ran out of time to get the “must do’s” done within a time frame so I missed out on coffee with a friend last week & card making this week… I’ve rescheduled the card making for next week & my girlfriend even said to me – make sure you write down everything that you “must do” within the time frame, so that we get to do this next week!… lol re-prioritising the importance of writing out a daily routine!

Melanie February 3, 2012 - 4:40 PM

So true Katrina – I was in a similar routine to you. I’d drop the kids at school and then “fluff around” on the computer and suddenly it was time to pick the kids up again. No housework done, no exercise, nothing really productive to account for my time spent that day.

So this year I’ve written up a weekly chore schedule, which includes housework/laundry chores and exercise to be completed each morning from when I get home after school drop-off. Then, and only then, do I allow myself computer time. It’s funny – at first I was craving it as it was my old routine, but now, it’s not so important that I can even skip a day!


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