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                   January Organizing Tips


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                           Multi-tasking Your Way Through Your Day

Happy New Year! Although people often set grand resolutions at the beginning of the year, I can totally relate if that seems like too much to handle. Instead, I’ve provided a few tips here on how you can chip away at little to-do’s by multi-tasking your way through your day.  I’m not a huge fan of multi-tasking when it comes to mental undertakings, but when it’s a mindless chore, it can be a big time saver! So, if you’re the type of person who thinks you need to have a lot of time on your schedule to get anything done, these examples can demonstrate how you can accomplish more than you thought possible in little bits of time.

This morning was a perfect example for me.  I was getting ready to head out the door but still had a couple minutes to wait while my tea was steeping in the thermos.  My refrigerator is pretty empty because I’m due to hit the store for groceries, so I decided to take advantage of that time and wipe down a couple refrigerator shelves that had gotten really gunky after the onslaught of holiday dishes.

Here’s another idea for you. I typically make my bed in the morning while I’m brushing my teeth. I figure only one hand is needed to straighten the bedding so I might as well make the most of my free hand until my electric tooth brush turns off. 

Why not turn the tables on a bedtime routine with your kids. If you tend to be the story teller or book reader as they’re settling down to sleep, why not turn the tables? Have them read you a book or tell you a story instead and you can sit quietly and fold the laundry while you’re listening. It’ll have the double benefit of getting something done while your kids are improving their reading or creative skills.

I have two sets of stairs in my house, so I’m continually moving items up or down a level to put them away. When something needs to be moved to another level, I just set the item on the steps. I’ve made a commitment that I don’t travel up or down without taking one of those items with me and putting it away. It only takes 10-15 seconds to get the item where it belongs so there’s no excuse not to do it, and then it keeps items from piling up too much in between. 

Finally, when you’re cooking dinner at night, it’s easy to multitask with some mail. Most everyone tends to set the daily mail on the kitchen counter when they come in from the day, and it can accumulate in a hurry. But much of what sits in the pile are items you eventually recycle. So while you’re waiting for the pasta water to boil or the casserole to bake, why not sort through the pile and get those recycling items removed and open what remains so you can catch anything important early on.

Those are my ideas; what are yours? If you’d like to brainstorm ideas for making the most of your time, contact me today!