Greetings and welcome to Mama’s first installment of Organizational Skills for Little Squirrels. I’ve decided that I might as well share some of the stuph I’ve been doing lately to help stay organized. We’ll start simple.
But before we start, I need to get something off my chest. Why the fuck is it that every goddamn time I go looking for images to use to create my cute little banners and shit I end up with at least one picture of someone’s tits? For fuck sake, I didn’t ask for that shit! What part of “organizational clip art” equals “tits?” I have a pair, I don’t really care what anyone elses look like, because honestly, they essentially all look the same. So hey, internet, knock that shit the fuck off already.
Where were we? Ah yes, organizing shit.
Here are some tips that I find useful when starting any kind of organizing or even cleaning project.
- Make a list of what you’d like to accomplish, and be specific. “Clean the kitchen” is great, but it probably consists of smaller things like “load the dishwasher” and “wipe out the microwave” and other awesome things. If you’re like me, and a big ol’ list with lots of shit crossed off makes you giddy, be specific.
- I tend to start with the smaller things and then work up. If a task feels too big, I work for a little while – 20 minutes or so – and then take a 5 minute break. This helps keep me charged up longer.
- Realize that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and as such, you might not get everything done in one sitting. That’s perfectly ok.
Now, on to the goodies. This week we’ll focus on what Josh usually refers to as “life hacks” – not necessarily pure organizational tips, but things I do to help simplify the chaos.
- Put stuph where you are most likely to use it. For example, I realized that I rarely remember to take my morning pills if I leave them up in the bathroom because they upset my stomach if I have them before food. Now I bring my morning tray to work on Monday morning, set it on my desk, and then take my pills after breakfast.
- And yes, use pill trays if you take pills on a regular basis. It streamlines the process and it’s very easy to see if you took them or not. Added bonus – you’ll find out several days in advance if you’re going to need a refill.
- Going back to my first suggestion, I keep my folders o’ shit on top of my desk in a file tree at work because that’s the stuff I get into most often. Everything else isn’t worth printing out, generally speaking. I use the file cabinet for storing snacks. At home I have a mail rack mounted to the side of the hutch on top of my desk. Bills that need to be paid, correspondence that needs to be dealt with, etc. lives in there until it gets filed – and that stuph goes into the file drawer. This way nothing gets lost in that proverbial shuffle.
- Plan ahead. If you’re not a morning person, do as much as you can to get ready for the morning before you go to bed. Josh makes his coffee and lunch the night before. I usually either put together what I’m taking for lunch or concoct something to eat at the same time. We both get our clothes out. I pick out my jewelry and put it in a little dish and set out the shoes I’m going to wear. I make sure that my work bag is packed with the things that don’t require refrigeration and that my phone is charged. Honestly, anything you can do ahead of time, do it.
- Thinking of laundry – if you have room for it, have a separate hamper or laundry basket for the different kinds of loads you run. For example, we have one hamper for the hot water things, one hamper for warm water, and a smaller basket for my dressy stuph that I wash on cold. This saves time because everything is already sorted when I go to start laundry AND because Josh knows what gets washed how so he can start running the laundry for me if I’m busy doing other things. (and to stay the hell away from that little basket for fear of death)
Good enough for this week, methinks. I’ll try to make this a regular Monday feature. Lawd knows I’ve got plenty more where this came from.
What about you all – what kind of “life hacks” do you do?