So how are all of you doing? Are you set for 2008? What are some of your goals?
By the way, have you downloaded your Organise your Life e-book yet? It's free!
You can teach your children to be organised. The earlier you start, the earlier you can delegate :)
While they're organising, they're learning valuable life skills. They can learn to sort, to return toys to their homes, to make decisions while decluttering.
What to use
clear shoe bags
wastepaper baskets - for tall, thin items like swords, cricket and baseball bats, etc.
ziploc bags -for puzzle pieces, legos, etc
Make things easy. If you use a basket without a lid, it is easier to put things away.
Label clearly with pictures.
For smaller children, use the bottom bookshelves and free-standing storage bins on the floor.
Declutter regularly. Now is the perfect time right after Christmas to go through those rooms and get rid of the old stuff :)
How do you stay organised with your children's toys?
Remember the organising your craft contest I announced last Friday?
Well, the winner is Laura from Laura Williams' Musings for her excellent post on using plastic sleeves to organise your scrapping.
I have already emailed Laura her gift code to spend R100 in my store so she can get something to help organise or improve her life!
Well done, Laura :)
I finished writing and putting together a new e-course to help you organise your home, step-by-step, for 12 weeks.
I haven't launched it yet because I'm waiting for January so imagine what a lovely surprise I got when someone already bought it from the store.
That's when you know something is needed, isn't it?
Menu Plan Monday
Well, we are still on holiday in Port Elizabeth.
The weather messed us around yesterday because there is a thing here called Art-in-the-Park. It's in St. Georges Park next to the cricket grounds where our boys will play the West Indies today. It is lovely and crafty because everything has to be handmade. We love going because we shop and eat lots!
Anyway, we'd planned to go after church but when we exited the church, it was raining buckets and continued in that vein the whole day. Of course, AITP is automatically cancelled and we're not here next Sunday to go! Grrr - on the bright side, I've saved money, right?!
Roti & curry (my sister made some for us)
Out to eat at Narai Siam - Thai place we went to on Saturday. We loved it so much
Wholewheat pitas with beef & stir-fried veggies
Angelo's - Italian place with the most DIVINE pasta ever!
Plane food - we'll be flying back to Jhb around supper time
Please pray for my friend, Elizabeth Hagen's daughter, Abby. She is ill in Houston! I told Elizabeth that I'd be praying; will you join me?
Have a great week everybody. Next week is Christmas!!!
Don't forget the organising crafts contest otherwise Laura is going to be one really happy crafter!
It is a normal wastepaper basket which uses the vertical space beautifully under my bookshelf (in fact, all that space was unused when we moved in here and we got those bookshelves built in)
I store the bows and ribbons in ziploc bags. Each bag has a separate type of gift-wrapping accessory :)From top to bottom...
I'm very curious. How do you store your gift-wrap and accessories?
So I made a list of things I don't really need to do but would like to and that's what I tackled today.
1. I decluttered about 20 of the web links in my favourites and organised those that were left into 3 categories - time management (that's the main subject I coach on), blogging and other business resources.
2. I went through my 34 sub-folders in my inbox and decluttered those down to 15. Sometimes we get stuck into one way of doing things. When things change, we need to change our way of doing things.
For instance, when they first contacted me about writing for Clutter Control Freak ---->> I kept all those emails agreeing to this and that, the how-tos and so on. Now that I know what I'm doing, I don't need that folder. See?
here is my after
What do you need to get rid of that you're holding onto?
3. I went through 234 emails in my Sent Items and decluttered those right down to....... not 150....... not 50..... but 13!
If you're wondering, I have 3 emails in my inbox (it is usually empty-ish like that so I don't have to declutter that very often)
I'd love to know how many emails, favourites and subfolders you have. Go on - share in the comments.
1. Did you see the contest on my blog?
I'm calling anyone who crafts to come help me with solutions.
2. Suzanne is also holding an Organizational Brilliance contest on her blog and ONE commenter will win a bag of organising goodies from your three favourite organisers - Suzanne (the computer & email whiz), Ariane (the ADD and ADHD specialist) and me (office and paper queen)!
Do you have any tips on organizing my craft stuff? I'll go thru your archives to check. I mostly have quilting, scrapping, and stamping collections...............
If you have old business cards lying around your home or office and they're blank at the back, use them to jot down your tasks.
This works very well if you're a visual person like me (you'll learn about your organising personality in 7 easy steps) and if you like to recycle stuff.
Here are some pictures that I took from **Angela's post on all the planners she's ever used (by the way, Angela, I loved this post).