Make a home for each family member to store their coats, bags, and shoes.

Divide your to-do list into four actions:

  • around house - do
  • phone = call
  • at computer = write
  • in car = buy

Consistency is key. Do things on the same day at the same time. Make a routine.

Create a brain clutter list

Set aside 20-30 minutes of interrupted time where you write down everything in your brain. Then assign tasks and put them on your to-do list.

Does neglecting it bring public embarassement?

Does neglecting it hurt organizational morale?

Is it significant as far as making a visual impresion?

Does the detail serve to inspire you?

If the detail is not part of a larger organizational plan, it is not a priority.

  • Does the detail hold up organizational flow?
  • Does neglect cause chronic stress?
  • Is detail part of the larger picture?

Household Cleaning Tips

Clearing a surface makes a huge difference.

Start on the floor, clear everything. Put the stuff away, then move up to the next highest surface, work until it is clear, repeat until you reach the counters. On a counter, start right and move left.

Remove everything not needed in the room.

Take a photo of a clean bathroom and add to it a list of cleaning chores. Likewise, make a list of things that make the house look dirty. Do this list everyday. Also, map out the rooms of your house on a chart of 1-5 where 1 is well organized and 5 is needs lots of organizing.

Make a WHATZIT box for random stuff we need.

Toys not in their area, go to jail. If never rescued, it leaves the house. To get the toy out of jail, the child must do a good deed.

Keep creative toys, ones with multiple uses.

Good Habits

Do four things in the morning.

Do four things at night.

If you get it out, put it away.

Look, really look at your surroundings.

Recommended Books

Taming the Paper Tiger at Home - Barbara Hemphill

The Organized Parent - Christina Tinglof

http://www.lillianvernon.com

http://www.organize-it.com

http://www.onlineorganizing.com

http://www.messies.com

http://www.30daygourmet.com

Bibliographical Information

Smart Organizing

By Sandra Felton

2005, Revell Books, Grand Rapids MI

0-8007-5978-8 and 978-0-8007-5978-0

These are notes I made after reading this book. See more book notes