January 3, 2010
I along with millions of others worldwide made resolutions to better myself in some way or another this year. And just like millions of others worldwide, this new found resolve to better myself with last for a solid couple of weeks until life gets in the way and I get too busy to stick with my resolutions. Does that sound familiar to you? Well guess what, if you stick with me I guarantee we will be able to keep a resolution for an entire year!! Does the thought of a year overwhelm you? Try to think of it as only 52 weeks…..that better?
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Organize Your OM! This blog will help you organize everything from your home to your OM in 2010! What does the word OM mean you ask? Well, OM (the O is long), represents the union of mind, body, and spirit. Let’s be honest, sometimes we need more help organizing our own personal sanity than our storage closet and I am here to help with it all. Am I Martha Stewart, NO WAY! While I love me some Martha, there are very few people in this world that could live in accordance with her standards. I like to think of myself as a sassy modern day 1950’s housewife who can bring home the bacon and fry it in a pan! In layman’s terms, I work, cook, clean, and try to do it all without smudging my lip gloss. This year I am going to help you do the same…..gentlemen, you can leave the lip gloss off (or keep it on if you prefer).
Here’s the deal, I am no expert. I learn by doing. Each year I promise myself I am going to get better organized. By normal standards I am a very organized person (for the most part). I am a total Type-A personality and I have no problems admitting it. Lists, symmetry, and order are musts in my life. But, like everyone who starts off the year with good intentions for their resolutions, I cannot seem to completely follow through with my resolution to get myself completely organized. This is where you come in. See, this venture of mine is quite selfish. I know if I put this out there and ask you to do it, I cannot just talk the talk. I must walk the walk. Now that I have laid my plan out there for all of you to see, I am accountable for sticking to my resolution. I invite you to take this challenge with me!
Let’s Organize Our OM together!! I promise it won’t hurt and it is going to be so much easier than you think. The problem with keeping most resolutions is that we aim too high too soon. Is it bad to make big goals, no way! The problem is that they often become so overwhelming to maintain that we give up. I say NO MORE! We are going to stick this out together. I have broken Organize Your OM in 52 weeks of tasks….I will not be using the words ”chores” or “homework” in this blog because those are often seen as ugly words. I am going to set some task goals for each week and you will have the entire week to finish the task. See, one task in 7 days, not so shabby right? I am going to start small and work my way up. Like I said, resolutions often get thrown by the wayside because they are too overwhelming, not this time! This week is going to have a few small tasks I need you to complete as we get ready to delve into our first project next week. Here is what I want you to do this week…..
Home: Create a weekly task list. Basically it is a chore list, but since I have designated the word chore as ugly, I am referring to it as a task list. I am sure some of you are thinking this is very juvenile, but one of the ways to ensure complete organization is establishing a routine. Cleaning and organizing should not feel like work, it should just be part of your daily routine. The more you stick to a routine, the fewer tasks you will seem to have because you are staying on top of things. This is why I need you to create a weekly schedule. Whether you purchase a planner, calendar, or print something off your computer (you can access free downloadable templates at http://www.pdfcalendar.com/monthly/), get something to write your schedule down on. What should you include on your task list? It is up to you, but here are some suggestions:
*Laundry Schedule: Schedule you clothes for once or twice a week depending on how many people you do laundry for. Also schedule time for your sheets, towels, etc.
* Bathroom cleaning schedule
*Vacuuming, dusting, floor washing, etc. schedule
*Grocery list/ meal planning: Having a meal plan for the week will make shopping much smoother and will lessen the potential for unnecessary items to end up in your cart.
*Bills: Whether you send in checks, pay online, or have automatic bill pay, make sure you schedule that into your task list to ensure all of your bills are paid on time.
*Exercise: This blog is not only about organizing your home, we must not forget about our OM! If we are out of whack, none of this other stuff will get done. It might sound silly, but unless you already have a designated time to go to the gym 3-5 days a week, you MUST schedule it in. This will be a major challenge for me because when it comes to working out I always find a reason to be too busy to schedule in a workout time. Not anymore. I also have a wedding to be ready for in 2 ½ months so it is crunch time….ha, get it “crunch” time. Ok, I promise to try and leave the corny jokes to a minimum.
For some of you simply writing in the tasks you need to complete on a certain day will be enough. For others, I would recommend that you also include a time to accomplish these tasks. Once you get used to a schedule, then you can be more flexible with the time.
I would like you to try and get this task list completed today, Sunday. My tasks for the week will always be posted on Sunday to give you the whole week to work on them. I will then follow-up throughout the week with any questions, comments, concerns, and updates on our progress. This week, I am going to ease you into everything. Remember, I said I am going to start small and work our way up. I want you to create your task list and STICK TO IT this week!
OM: Like I have mentioned a few times now, taking care of yourself is just as important (if not even more important) than taking care of the space around you. For your OM task this week, I want you to create a Sunday night ritual. I know I used to get the “Sunday Blues” a lot. It is very common. You have a great weekend filled with friends and family and then comes Sunday; the day your try to get all of the cleaning done and prepare for the week ahead. This can stress many people out as they begin to think of all of the work they have to do, errand to run, meetings to attend, etc. The work week hasn’t even started and you are already stressed out….and that is where the Sunday Blues come in. I say NO MORE! I want you to establish a Sunday night ritual. I want you to do whatever makes you calm and happy. For some it might be downloading new music, reading a book, going to a movie, or surfing the web. For me, I have a home spa night. I take a night hot shower or bath, give myself a facial, deep condition my hair, do my nails, all sorts of girly things. This is what is relaxing to me. I feel refreshed and ready to take on whatever the week may bring. I also try to get to bed early on Sunday’s to give myself some extra time to read a book or magazine. I want you to establish something on Sunday nights that makes you happy, feel refreshed, and ready to tackle the week ahead.
See, does that sound so bad? I think not! I am so excited to start this journey with all of you. If you have any ideas or questions about things you would like to see featured in this blog about organizing your home and your OM, let me know. We are in this together! I wish you a Happy New Year and good luck this week!