I have yet to encounter a fitness athlete who did not enforce organization in their life. It is simply a must to make it all happen.
Laundry, cooking, dishes, cleaning….and that’s just after a full day’s work, gym, church music practice, QT, meeting up with friends. I want to make sure I have time to get it all in, but spending time with my husband is my top prio, so sometimes a few or all of these things can take the sidelines.
Of course, the next thing would be to lecture on “cutting back” or “learning to say ‘No'”, but I am going to skip all that. We’ve heard it before. We’re down to the bare necessities now, so …the question still stands…HOW DO I MAKE IT ALL WORK LIKE A WELL OILED MACHINE?!
For my personality, “systems” work best. Routines.
The Ready, Set, Go
- I bought small rectangular baskets for my shelves (to organize bath products, hand towels, toilet paper, everything…)
- purged my closet of items and put into categories:
- to be donated
- to be junked
- to be stored
- purged my bathroom and laundry closets
- expired products that are definitely unusable
- excess items I don’t need or can be donated
- purged and re-organized dressers
Laundry: as soon as it is done, we fold. No more leaving it for later.
Clutter Prevention: If we touch it, we trash it, deal with it, or put it aside with a definite time of when we WILL handle it. This includes mail.
Week day meals: Food prep is done on the weekends so I can whip any dinner up in about 10-20 minutes tops. Lean enchiladas, Clean stir fry, Pad Thai, ginger soy salmon, stuffed herb chicken, you name it. Things like boiling chicken in bulk and/or portioning meat (by quantity needed for a meal) help greatly reduce the stress of weeknight cooking. I keep a couple days worth in the fridge and the rest goes to freezer to be used later in the week. I only prep a week’s worth at a time so nothing ever gets freezer burn taste PLUS…no sense spending all day in the kitchen prepping a year’s worth of food :P. Take-out? No thank you!
We’ll see how this goes…currently on week 2 of the newly-revised organized Keith household.
How do you stay organized? Any tips you care to share?