Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Thursday 13....number four

I was trying to think of something to do. I have a natural gift of organizing pretty much anything. So here are some of my best tips:

My best organizing tips:
1. Everything should have a home and everyone in the house should know where that home is. You can't put something away if you don't know where it goes.
2. Make a menu and use it.
3. Lay out your clothes the night before, down to shoes and accessories.
4. Clean up your spot where everything gets dumped BEFORE you go to bed. If it is too much do 15 minutes at a time.
5. Use a calendar. Mine has colored dots for which kid needs to be where for each activity.
6. Clean my sink every night. I shine it with Windex after it is cleaned.
7. Teach the kids routines (mine call them maps) and there is so much less stress in the morning and going to bed.
8. Make lunches the night before.
9. Set the table as I unload the dishwasher.
10. Put out non-perishable items for the next day's meal next to cookbook stand with recipe or cookbook. (the menu is stored there as well.)
11. Make my bed every day. It makes the room look so much cleaner since it is such a large piece.
12. Do one load of laundry every day.
13. Be good to myself at least once a day. (Like a little glass of vino while blogging!)
Happy Thursday.


Toni said...

Thanks for the tips! Mine is up at Being An Air Force Wife

Christine said...

Wow! Could you come to my house and organize my life. I'm truly impressed.

I'm all about phobias this time round on my TT.

tommiea said...

toni- so welcome.

christine- If I could, I would. I do it for free now for my friends and family!

Samantha Lucas said...

OMG I love you, I love you, I love you!

I am soooo organizationally challenged I can not begin to tell you. Even after my big April organization month, I'm still lagging. lol This is a great list! :)

Dewey said...

The one about setting the table when you unload the dishwasher is brilliant! Saves a step. Why didn't I ever think of that?

tulipmom said...

You sound like a professional organizer! If I followed just half your tips, my life would be so much easier. That's it! I've decided I'm going to pick 3 and try to stick to them for a whole week. I'll let you know how it goes.

angeleque said...

This came at a great time for me. Thanks for the tips.

Haley-O said...

Omigosh, you are SOOOOO organized. I can't even believe you do all this! GREAT tips. I should at least try one of them! ;)

Di said...

Can you just come to my house and do all that stuff for me?

tommiea said...

Samantha-please let me know which ones you try..

dewey- I am just looking for shortcuts to make my life easier!

tulipmom- let me know which ones you try, the best ones I would do are the ones to make the morning easier.

angeleque-you are so welcome.....welcome to my madness

haley-you should try one!

di-I would, but I can't even get to your blog!

tongue in cheek said...

I think you and my Mother are cut from the same organzitional pattern!

great tips.

Especially the glass of wine!

KatBliss said...

I've decided to try your list, but I'm just going to start with one thing at a time... and I'm going to start with number 13 first. :)

tommiea said...

katbliss- you are my kind of girl! white or red....we stock both?

Ingrid said...

great list!!! i could definitely use some of those on the list. thanks for sharing!!

JD's Rose said...

Ok, I thought I was organised until I read that!

Do you want to move in?!

MommyBa said...

Cleaning the sink - you're a FLYLady aren't you?

I'm still trying to get a good grasp of that thing but it has surely helped me a lot in more ways than one.

Great organizing tips! Very helpful :D

Happy Thursday!

patti_cake said...

OMG do I EVER need you to come in and organize my life. You would flip your lid if you lived with me. This is GREAT advice. I'm going to try, really try to take at least some of it.
Baby steps. Baby steps.

sisters with style said...

I totally agree with the making your bed every morning. It just makes things look so much nicer.

I'm very impressed with your organizations tips. Maybe you should start a little business on the side.

Heather said...

I am going to try your list out. I am pretty organized, but tend to get lazy. I'm going to start with number 11. You are so right about that.

Crimson Wife said...

I'm so NOT an organized person. I took the Myers-Briggs Personality test when I was in college and came out way on the spontaneous "Perceiving" end of the scale.

Head Hen said...

These are GREAT! You are soooo FLYing. I'm linking to your blog on my blog b/c no one should miss these.

I'm going to TRY to do these things---you set a high bench mark. Your Hubby should be SO very proud of you and how you manage everything while he's out there keeping the world safe.

Kerry said...

Hey... I hear you have a great packing list! Will you post it?

Biddy said...

will you come clean my house?! wait, it's so messy you might have a heart attack just seeing it.