I love having a task list, I am not as big on keeping a schedule, but having a working task list where I can check things off is my favorite thing! I create a new task list each morning, based on what I know I need to get done that day and what I want to do.
I include ways to reward myself each day; just simple things like taking a bath, doing a face mask, having a special meal, etc.
Now, the idea of an organizing schedule is to get the majority of your home organized and decluttered in 5 weeks or less, (depending on the size of your home).
I have created a customizable checklist template for you that you can download HERE.
Here’s how it works; each week focus on one area of your home. For instance, start with the kitchen. During the work-week spend 15 minutes in the morning on simple things like finding a home for stray items, making your bed (so good for a productive day), etc. Then in the evening just take 1/2 an hour to organize a couple kitchen drawers or a cabinet. The idea is to take the process in bite-size pieces so it’s not so overwhelming.
Be sure to set a timer, so you don’t end up overdoing it and reward yourself for a job well done!
Then on the weekends, preferably just on Saturday, you take on the big projects such as decluttering and organizing your pantry (here’s a video on that).
On Sundays, relax, play with your family! In the evening when you have a few minutes, set aside about 15 minutes, and organize your purse or your car. This a great way to cut down on the trash, clutter and little things that end up in our purses and cars and it will surprise you how much you can get done in just 15 minutes.
Keeping each week a “theme” like Kitchen for Week 1, Closets for Week 2, Storage/Basement for Week 3, etc. really breaks it down and helps you feel good about organizing, rather than ending up super overwhelmed. (here’s an article on how to decrease overwhelm when organizing).
Plus, the benefit of having a checklist really helps you stay more motivated and gives you the satisfaction of checking things off your list (Ahhh, love that feeling!)
Don’t forget to download your free checklist (with ideas) HERE.
If you ever have any questions about creating your organizing schedule, click HERE for a FREE 15 minute Making Magic Session with me!