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Every year I set out in the
weeks days before Christmas with the intention of organizing and cleaning our home from top to bottom so that I can wake up on Christmas day and completely relax and enjoy the Christmas present I gave myself: an organized home to start the new year with.
For years I have failed and my family enters yet another year with a pile of clutter here and there in every room.
After reading Cyrstal Paine’s “21 Days To a More Disciplined Life” this weekend I decided to make my annual organized home for Christmas quest my “Mega Project”.
Taking the wisdom of day 9 of Paine’s e-book “Break Your Goals Into Bite Sized Pieces” to heart I have decided to break down my home into 7 sections, and attack one area of our home a week.
I have left 1 week to deal with any straggling piles. (since I wrote this things got really busy for 2 weekends in a row so I altered the plan a bit)
Here is my room by room plan:
(each of these weeks will be linked to the update posts as I complete them)
Monday through Friday I plan to double up my normal 15 minute a day room of the week sessions to a minimum of 2 15 minute sessions or a maximum of 4 15 minute sessions.
I am practicing Paine’s wisdom from day 14 “Set Yourself Up for Success” with these small sessions, as I am working with “embracing my own uniqueness” (day 18). I know myself, I hate to clean and knowing I just have to face the mess for 15 minutes at a time will get me going.
I also know my day is full of interruptions and working at something for 15 minutes at a time is more workable than trying to squeeze in 1 hour all in one go.
These daily sessions should give me up to 5 hours in each room.
I left the weekends free for wiggle room. If I don’t complete the room tasks by Friday I will spend time Saturday completing them.
I am also going into this with a attitude of “looking for improvement and not perfection”, meaning if things are still not 100% organized by Christmas, I know at least I am going to be a lot closer than I am now and I am going to celebrate that step forward.
Any tips and suggestions for me, as I set out on my whole house organization project?
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