ways to organize your life better

hello there!  a few weeks ago I mentioned my home|life organization system and I want to delve into it with more detail.

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Over a decade ago I read the Flylady book and immediately I created my plan and created my own control journal.  Although the flylady was my inspiration, I have very much adjusted it to fit my lifestyle and personality.  I do this across all aspects of my life, open to all suggestions & ideas but then adapting it to what I know works for me and my family.

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My control journal basically compiles all the to dos and lists of life into different segments.   I’m a {list} girl and I’m guessing many of you are too.  and  better than writing something down on a list, is crossing it off the list.  Right?  So I have created basic outlines of my daily, weekly, monthly and yearly routines.  Some are habits and I don’t really need reminders, while others are necessary reminders.

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§ daily
For my daily routines I have it broken down into to 3 main segments; 1} my morning, 2} dinner time and 3} bed time routines.  morning is pretty basic and the main focus is to start the day on the right foot; for me it is to get myself going and ready to then get Miss & Master Masterpieces ready and going on their day as well.  The dinner time routine use to be the hardest when the kids were younger & I called it the witching hour when everyone needed baths, dinner, homework, etc. done at the same time.  Now that I have a tween & teen it’s basically a logistics game making sure everyone gets to the appropriate activity|sport on time and I try to inject a family dinner as many evenings as possible.  I love the family dinner and so does the rest of the family.  That’s a good sign!  The bedtime routine once again is self explanatory and much easier now that the kids take care of their own routines.

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§ weekly 
Every day has specific tasks assigned to it so that by the end of the week everything should have been addressed and completed.  Of course there are times when you have to adjust it any given week depending on what’s going on in life but it sets the foundation and outline to remind me of what needs to get done.  Some examples of these tasks include menu planning & shopping for the food | household items or bill paying, laundry, cleaning the fridge, etc.  You get the idea.  These are things that need to be done every week and by having a plan it makes it easier to stay on top of it.

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§ monthly
Every month my entire house is designated into different segments so that throughout the month every room and area gets cleaned, organized, decluttered, fluffed etc.  The flylady calls these {zones} and this is probably the biggest portion of her plan that I use as per her tutelage.  Basically every week during the month certain areas are the focus of my attention.  Whether a room needs to be cleaned, redecorated or whatever it gets touched.  sometimes it’s as easy as cleaning out a closet and other times its rearranging furniture and shining light fixtures.  You decide, but this way your entire house gets touched one way or another any given month.

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 § yearly
This is what I call my seasonal plan.  This focuses more around holidays, celebrations and seasonal decor.  Yup, this is the fun stuff.  Except this sometimes is not fun or can be stressful if all the other stuff above isn’t done appropriately.  It’s not fun to decorate or entertain in a dirty and messy house.  So if I stay on track with everything else the seasonal plan is my reward.
Life is so much easier and enjoyable when you feel like all your ducks are in a row.  I know that when I can’t sleep at night it’s because something hasn’t gotten done or I have a fast approaching deadline that I have not addressed.  these routines and lists help me stay organized, which helps my overall wellness, which in turn benefits my entire family.
This is a broad stroke description of my organizational system and I’ll go into further detail in future posts where I’ll break down all the sub systems.
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Knowing all the necessary chores are getting done allows me to focus on some fun projects I will be sharing with you real soon.
Organization is the foundation to a fun & happy life !

sharing @:

shabbilicious friday @ shabby art boutique

feathered nest friday @ french country cottage

 morning cup of joe @ the cottage market

simple & sweet @ rooted in thyme

friday feature @ oh my heartsie girl

friday’s 5 features @ diy-vintage-chic

pinworthy projects @ my suburban kitchen

craft frenzy friday @ craft dictator

the creative collection @ the crafted sparrow

funtastic friday @ olives & okra

party palooza @ i heart naptime

saturday sparks @ pieced pastimes

share it one more time @ shabby fu fu

a bouquet of talent @ life on lakeshore drive

sundays at home @ love of home

creative corner @ curly crafty mom

dishing it digging it @ rustic & refined

amaze me monday @ dwellings- the heart of your home

show&share @ coastal charm

metamorphis monday @ bewteen naps on the porch

motivation monday @ making our life better

the scoop @ stonegable

make it pretty monday @ the dedicated house

inspire me monday @ my uncommon slice of suburbia

celebrate your story @ the sweet sensations

mmm @ keeping it simple

inspire me tuesday @ a stroll thru life

talk of the town @ the knick of time

the inspiration board @ carolyn’s homework

wake-up wednesday @ god’s growing garden

wow @ savvy southern style

sizzle into summer @ diy by design

vintage charm party @ charm bracelet diva

home&garden @ a delightsome life

syc @ have a daily cup of mrs. olson

home sweet home @ the charm home

share your style @ little farmstead

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4 Comments

  1. I follow the Flylady system too with varying degrees of success. Some rooms get all the attention every month (kitchen and laundry room) and some, only when they reach critical mass (my scrapbook room and umm, my bathroom). My solution to that is to have a housekeeper come do the things I hate doing: weekly vacuuming, mopping, bathrooms and windows. I rely on a system of lists and routines to get me through the week. I love checking off tasks! Meal planning has been the major time/money saver for me.

  2. hi evalyn- yes, i have a cleaning service that comes every other week. so this is more about staying tidy & organized and yes clean too of course. i love meal planning although our crazy schedules always throws me curve balls it still keeps me sane. ; ) xo- mj

  3. My to-do lists have been daily but I do see the need for long range planning. Where did you find the wooden bundle of pencils they are very unique.

  4. hi sandra, thanks so much for stopping by. i can’t remember exactly where i picked mine up but i’ve seen them in stores like marshalls|tjmaxx to small gift boutiques. i knew they would be great for staging and vignettes. xo- mj

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