Happy New Year! The organizing nerd in me loves this time of year. After the relative chaos of the holiday season, however fun and magical it may be, I find it cathartic to put things back in their place once all the Christmas decor is taken down. Similar to the start of a new school year, the beginning of the new calendar year seems like the perfect time to get organized. It’s also a great time to make plans for the year.
I’ve been reading a lot about setting goals lately. I’ve always liked making resolutions at the start of a new year, but I have a hard time following through because a resolution is simply a starting point. Goal-setting is like making a plan of action for turning a resolution into reality.
One of my favorite bloggers, Abby, from Just A Girl and Her Blog, has some fantastic posts about how to set and accomplish your goals. One of her best suggestions in this post is to start with big picture goals and then narrow them down into monthly, weekly and even daily steps. She even created a goal-oriented printable planner for 2016 called The Intentional Life Planner. I’m a little embarrassed to say how excited I was to print it out and start filling it in.
I love the feeling that the week is a blank slate… even though it is quickly filled with the kids’ activities and all sorts of grownup responsibilities. #itshardtobeanadult There are two sizes available and I chose the smaller option so I could fit it in my bag easily.
In addition to my planner, I have a household binder that I use to keep track of bills, school info, and my cleaning schedule. I found the printables I use at Organizing Homelife. There are several that I use in my binder and there are many more to choose from.
I use a plastic sheet protector so that I can check things off without having to reprint them each week. Am I the only one who loves to check items off a list?? TIP: You can use a sharpie on plastic sheet protectors and it comes off easily with rubbing alcohol.
The daily tasks are basic housekeeping chores, while the weekly list maps out which area of the house gets cleaned on which day. This might seem incredibly anal to some people, but it’s so much easier for me to ensure that all rooms get cleaned regularly. I don’t follow this schedule to a tee, but checking things off gives me an idea of not only what needs to be done, but how much cleaning I might need to do on a given day.
The weekly chore list helps me maintain a clean home for my family. The monthly zone list takes cleaning up a notch so that all the different areas of our home get a thorough deep-cleaning once a month. For example, I vacuum our living room often because we have two young children and a dog. I only vacuum behind the sofa once a month.
I use my planner to jot down the cleaning tasks I need to do so that time for cleaning is part of my daily schedule. This gives you an idea of how I’m making my goal to be more organized in 2016 party of my daily schedule.
What tricks or tips do you have for achieving your goals??