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20 Ideas for Staying Organized

20 Ideas for Staying OrganizedToday we are constantly hit with streaming, flashing, fast-paced content that tends to leave us distracted and anything but organized. Discipline is one key to staying organized.

There is also another side that we don’t often consider when we think “organized” — that of fullness. Discipline without the fullness of life boils down to drudgery.

So with this list we try to offer up ideas that move us toward discipline, but not at the expense of the fullness of life — something many homeschool moms find themselves giving up in order to keep up!

Part of being organized is taking those things that we know we should be doing, and those things we wholeheartedly want to do, and finding a way to nip away at them. Since those things lie in many different areas, you’ll find this list a bit eclectic. Primarily they deal with focusing on relationships, maintaining our home, staying healthy, growing/learning, and getting it all done.

And, you’ll want to take this list and bend it to make it your own. Consider those areas where you know you need to be more organized or disciplined and make a plan to reach your goals in that area. You also know those things that your heart yearns to find time for! Make a way to incorporate them into your day.

By the way, these principles will also hold true for our children. Bring them along with you!

You’ll find forms, free eBooks, and other helps below.

  1. Spiritually refill.
    There IS no organization when we are running on empty. Make time to charge your batteries. Memorize Scripture, start a new devotional, read the Bible through in a year.
  2. Set goals.
    Want to get somewhere? Know where you are going.
  3. Prioritize.
    Focus on priorities and don’t give way to the insistent urgent. Create a list of those things that must have your attention — your areas of responsibility. Then when you are asked to take on a new project consult your list. If the new project is not in your area of responsibility, it will likely not need urgent attention.
  4. Declutter.
    Find a place for everything and keep everything in its place. Make a list of areas to work on. Focus on one at a time — or for those too-large projects, one bite at a time.
  5. Fix it up.
    Look. Notice things that need fixed around the house. Add them to a to-do list. Tackle (or delegate) something on the list each day.
  6. Be thankful.
    Develop an attitude of gratitude. Make a list of the things you are thankful for — even if you can find only one thing each day.
  7. Think positive.
    For every negative thing you think or say, find a positive thing to say or think.
  8. Enjoy you.
    What is that pet project you have put off until the children are older? Don’t! They will be richer for you being you. Write down a list of things you enjoy doing. Set aside time to spend on one thing from the list at least once a week.
  9. Enjoy husband.
    Write down a list of things you can do for your husband that he would enjoy. Make it a point to incorporate at least one thing from the list each week.
  10. Enjoy children.
    Write down a list of things your children enjoy. Choose one thing from the list to do with them at least once a week. It is also helpful to spend one-on-one time with each child each day. Let the giggles begin.
  11. Read.
    Write down a list of books you would like to read. Schedule a “reading time” and read each day.
  12. Learn.
    Learn one new thing each day. Find a word-of-the-day app, or follow a news site. Check out websites that teach you something or expand your knowledge. Make a list of things you’ve always wanted to learn. Tackle one thing each week or month.
  13. Fix habits.
    Make a list of habits you need to break or create. Work on each habit in order, not moving on until the last one is relatively consistent.

    We ought to think of other people’s convenience more than some of us do. The home is the place where this thoughtfulness ought to begin and be cultivated.

    J.R. Miller, Bits of Pasture

  14. Pare back.
    Find and eliminate schedule busters. Set aside a specific amount of time for those you are unwilling to give up. When that amount of time is up — move on!
  15. Stay fit.
    Begin and keep to an exercise regime, working out in some form no less than three days each week. Staying organized is easier when we have more energy.
  16. Eat well.
    Make a list of healthy meals to fix your family. Include one new healthy meal each week or month. We aren’t usually very organized when our batteries are running low.
  17. Start right.
    Get up in the morning at the same time each day. Determine how much sleep you need and be sure to go to bed the minute you feel tired. No one is very organized after a late start to their day.
  18. Get outside.
    I know what you are thinking. WHEN? Think of this as a twofer — exercise outside (walk or run), have fun with your children outside (nature studies or play), spend time with your hubby outside (walk together — a threefer! — or enjoy one of his outdoor hobbies), read outdoors, or enjoy one of your outdoor passions (drawing, photography, or gardening). Another way to stay energized.
  19. Beautify.
    What can you do to beautify your living area? Inside? Outside? Office? Bedroom? Children’s rooms? School area? Keep it simple. Make a list. Tackle it.
  20. Give.
    A healthy focus on others will prevent an all-too-easy focus on self. We can’t clearly see what needs to be organized if our eyes are constantly on ourselves.
Bonus Idea

Schedule it. Now that you have this great list of ideas, make them happen. Nothing will happen if you don’t set aside time for it.

 

Additional Resources

Summer School for Mom: Setting GoalsSummer School for Mom: Set Goals
Know where you are going.

Time-Saving DevicesTime-Saving Devices
It starts with prioritizing.

Decluttering
Tips from the Fly Lady.

On Being Thankful…and a Freebie
Ideas on being thankful along with link to a free foldable for listing things you are thankful for each day.

Elisabeth Elliot on Marriage {Free eBook}Elizabeth Elliot on Marriage — Free eBook
Many ideas about what a husband might find helpful!

9 Ways to Encourage a Lifelong Reading Habit
Read and set the example.

A Homeschooled Mom
Always learning.

Smooth and Easy Days — Free eBook on Habits
Not only for our children!

Nature
Lots of ideas for getting outside at our DIYHomeschooler site.

Managers of Their HomesManagers of Their Homes
Whether you decide to schedule your home exactly like this or not, you’ll find many essential concepts for getting it all done!

10 Tips for Staying Well-Rounded10 Tips for Staying Well-Rounded
Many overlaps, as staying organized helps us have time to stay well-rounded!