Today we have a guest poster – Alana of Our Taylor Made Home. I met Alana over at my favorite blog – The SITS girls and I was supposed to feature her on Monday, but I messed up the dates (yeah, good thing I’m an expert on organizing!). She was kind enough to feature me on her blog as well. Here is a link to my “A Clean House Equals Money in the Bank” post.
Anyway, here’s a little bit about Alana – Alana is a wife, mother of one, and lover of all things home. She thrives on organizing and believes that learning this skill can improve ALL areas of your life. Although her blog started out as just a creative outlet, it is quickly becoming her passion as it allows her to help women effectively manage their busy lives.
I love her post here because I think it’s so true. Most “messies” seem to think that they have it easy, but actually it’s more work to be intermittently messy than it is to be consistently clean.
Organized People are Lazy
Think about some other situations in which acting on a task now can decrease your work load later:
- When your evening routine includes laying clothes out, preparing lunches, and setting the table for breakfast, you are doing your part to make sure your morning runs smoothly.
- When you create a menu plan, clip coupons, and write out a grocery list, you are ensuring a pleasant trip to the store with as little impact on your wallet as possible.
- When you designate a well lit place in your home for your kids to study and you also provide them with a “Homework Kit” filled with paper, pencils, markers, scissors, and anything else they need to get the job done, you are decreasing the chance of an I-don’t-wanna-do-my-homework meltdown later on.
How can I be more productive with my time?
- Option #1 – Load up the hubby and kids. Drive around to 5 different stores, looking for the best deal. Realize the best choice was at store #1. Drive back. All the while enduring the I’m-tired-can-we-go-now whines and the I’m-hungry-when’s-dinner cries (and sometimes joining in because, face it, you’re tired and hungry too).
- Option #2 – While the kids are napping, you log on to your trusty computer and search for the best deals. You may even make a few phone calls to have some questions answered, all while hanging out in the comfort of your own home (maybe even in your pjs). Once you decide on the best choice for your family and your wallet, you load up the kids, drive to the store, and make your purchase. Then you drive home in plenty of time to whip up a homemade pizza and enjoy your favorite show or movie.
What about this?: Do you ever get distracted while cleaning your house? Me too. I’ll start wiping down our coffee table only to realize our end tables are cluttered. So, I set down my cloth and cleaner so that I can return items to their proper home. While returning items to my bedroom, I notice that I forgot to make the bed. As I begin to make the bed, I see a pile of my hubby’s clothes on the bathroom floor.
The problem with the above situation is that I never finished wiping down the coffee table, putting items in their proper place, or making our bed. All tasks remain unfinished even though I was running around the house like a mad woman in an attempt to clean. This isn’t good use of my time. Instead, I could place sticky notes on items that need my attention. (Forgot where I read this idea. Sorry.) If I had done so, here’s how the above story would have changed:
I start wiping down our coffee table only to realize our end tables are cluttered. I put a sticky note on the end table that reads “Declutter” and continue wiping down the coffee table. When I finish wiping it down, I remove the sticky note from the end table and take things back to their proper homes. While returning items to my bedroom I notice that I forgot to make the bed. I place a sticky note on top of the bed that says “Make” and continue putting things away. Once all things are returned, I go back to my bedroom, remove the sticky note, and begin to make the bed. I then see a pile of my hubby’s clothes on the bathroom floor. I place a sticky note on top of the pile that says “Pick Up” and go back to making the bed.
In this case, the coffee table was wiped down, the end table was decluttered, items were returned to their proper homes, the bed got made… things were accomplished! It may sound silly to keep a stash of sticky notes in your cleaning caddy but it may be just what you need to keep from getting distracted while cleaning, thus making the most of your time!
Another Tip: Use the computer to pay bills, schedule a post office pick up, and shop for gifts. Not only does it make the best use of your time, it also saves money because you’re not using up gas by driving around to take care of these errands.
So, when you think of getting more organized, think about ways to become “lazier”. Ask yourself if there is anyting you can do now to keep you from working harder later and how you can be more productive with your time.
What’s your favorite productive and time saving tip?
If you’d like to view other organizing posts, just click on the Clutterbugs link below for a complete list.