daily thought from real simple:
“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” ―A. A. Milne
one question i received in a comment was from christin, and she said “i have loved reading your blog – it is just fabulous and so much fun to look at since you love to organize, i would love to see a blog post about some of your favorite tools or items you use to help you stay so put together(i.e. a planner you can’t live without, post it notes you use for reminders, etc.)…keep up the amazing work!”
i got really excited when reading this comment because it’s true, organization is really important to me. i am a firm believer that every gift God gives us should be handled with the best stewardship we can offer. i think staying organized is a great way to honor the Lord and be good stewards of every area of our lives! so here are the 3 areas of my life that require my organization. i have included what i think are the most important organization tips.
1. i buy organization tools that i love. namely, my calendar/planner. it takes me quite a while to pick out a planner that suits me. then i decorate it with quotes and photographs that keep me inspired.
2. i routinely clean out the drawers i use/access the most.
3. baskets! i love baskets. there are 4 in the top of my closet, 3 under our sink, 2 in our linen closet… they are cute & effective organizers.
4. have a place for everything, and keep everything in it’s place.
my basic strategies i live by to keep my house in order:
1. i make my bed every morning.
2. clean sinks! flylady shares some great tips on why this clears your home and mind.
3. quick clean-ups. i either tackle one room at a time, or clean the entire apartment while timing myself.
4. nightly kitchen cleaning. no dirty dishes are allowed in my sink or on the counters before going to bed! i’m a little ocd about this one.
5. keep all drawers, cabinets, and closet doors closed. it simply looks neat.
6. make regular trips to goodwill and/or the consignment store.
7. stay on a budget. this is the best clutter-reducer out there. (best resource for becoming debt-free and staying on a budget: dave ramsey)
(many of these came from the lovely blog the inspired room… but i added a few myself.)
1. keep my inbox at zero. it is super hard, and i don’t succeed every day. but i know it’s a priority, and i also know that no one gets left out this way. everyone deserves to get a response, and a quick one if possible.
2. regularly back up work and keep the computer hard drives clear.
3. place all lenses, cords, chargers, batteries, etc. back in their place immediately after a session or wedding. when i return home, all i do is carry the bags inside and put the bags in their delegated place. the only thing i will then be handling is the CF cards, and i put them back as soon as they are backed up and cleared.
4. things. a great program to keep my to do’s in order!
5. keep your long term goals in the front of your mind. this will help you make financial decisions, booking decisions, & photography decisions in general. always be working toward the vision of who you want to become.
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