We have a confession to make. We are not pros at being organized. Between our crazy schedules, two of us being moms, one of us running around the city teaching yoga, and with all of us blogging every single day, it’s surprising we get anything accomplished! But somehow we do. The TSP sisters are a work in progress and are always looking for little tricks to make the day go smoother. Here are our best tips to trying to stay organized.
Everything needs its own place. Halp! I tend to be a bit of a clutter bug. Not in a knicky knack sort of way though, I just don’t put things away. Why? Because I have no where to put them. I am going to make a concerted effort to create spaces and homes with a container or box or something. You know what they say. “A cluttered house is a cluttered mind.” Not no mo honey!
Wake up before everyone else. On the days that I start my day to my kids nudging me, sitting an inch from my face, poking me say, “mom, can you get up now?” Those are the days I am most frazzled and out of sorts. Insert phrase, “running around like a chicken with their head cut off.” There is something to be said for getting a head start, even if it is a 15 minuted stint to have a cup of coffee and mentally prepare for the goings on of the day.
Store bed sheets in an under bed storage container. I live in a modest 100 year old home with NO storage space, no nooks and crannies and definitely no linen closets. The worst. I recently read a tip that suggested places a storage container under beds for the soul purpose of sheets and linens. I absolutely love this idea and intend on heading to my favorite store, Shmarget.
Put laundry away immediately after folding. Laundry is my nemesis. I don’t mind separating it, washing it or folding it, but I have some sort of mental issue with putting it away. It is like there is some magnetic force field pulling me away from distribution of said items. Perhaps, if I am sending my kids up with a handful of items rather than an overflowing basket with three weeks worth of laundry, it the task won’t be so daunting and everybody wins.
Use your phone alarm as a reminder tool. This is such a simple, accessible change I can make that would aid me in remembering things. In this day and age, we have our phones on our person in some fashion. Whether it is in a pocket, or a purse, it has this tool that if used would help tremendously. I need to do this.
Have a call log. This is a necessity. I have one. Keep a going record of calls/texts/emails you need to return with a note of the date and time as well as a little reminder of what it is regarding. Basically, be your own secretary.
Write it down when you think of it. Keep a pad of paper in the kitchen and write down what needs replenishing when it runs out or when you are in the kitchen and you realize you need something you don’t have. This makes grocery shopping less of a scavenger hunt.
Start the day on empty. Start the day with an empty dishwasher. Throughout the day fill ‘er up and be sure to run the washer right before you go to bed. Empty the dishwasher first thing in the morning. This may seem like no biggie but let me tell you. This little organizational tip I received from Michelle has changed my life.
Stop being a hot mess. Put things away as soon as you are done using them! I have a difficult time with this one. I am a mover and a shaker. I am constantly going at a fast pace. Being more conscious about putting things away when I am done with them would save me a ton of time and would definitely take away some stress and anxiety.
Make your bed every single day. This is my go to for starting the day off on the right foot. I know it sounds silly and lame, but if I don’t make my bed, I can feel it. It totally gets to me and I know I will lose my phone, purse, yoga pants or even husband in it. It’s a great daily ritual and it keeps me from losing my belongings and my sanity.
Put on your to do list, to write a to do list. It’s the best way in my opinion to get things done. Whether it’s in a notebook or in my reminder app on my iPhone, I have a list that always needs checking off. I’ll admit, somethings stay on the list longer than they should, but there is nothing like checking off that one nagging to do item. #bestfeelingever
Have bags within your bags. I remember going to the car as a kid and it would take my mom 15 minutes to find her car keys. Sometimes the contents of her purse were spewed all over the hood in hopes of finding that mini van key. However, the lady did raise and keep track of five cool kids though! I think that helped me with the idea of having little make up bags and pouches to hold my stuff so my purse isn’t a catch all. I have one for make up and another for my hand lotion, eye drops, mints and more. I also try (keyword “try”) to keep my keys in the same purse pocket every time so I don’t need to go searching. Plus, it’s a good safety precaution especially when walking to your car or front door at night.
Cornichon! Where are you?
We mentioned earlier we need some assistance in the organizational department. TSP is hiring an intern! Sonja Morgan had Pickles. We love Pickles. She was the best intern ever. TSP is in search of their very own “Pickles”. Cornichon will be the next addiction to The Sister Project and we cannot wait until we find her! And by the way, a cornichon is a tiny, little French pickle.
Here are all of our Little Cornichons requirements:
-must be 18 or older
-must have a background in writing and editing
-must have great organizational skills
-must be super savvy with social media
-must live in the Chicagoland area. However, Nicole is willing to put an air mattress in her master if Cornichon is from out of state.
-must be fashion savvy
-must have a good sense of humor
-must be ok with us calling her Cornichon
-must be willing to have one of the greatest internships of ALL TIME!
If you are interested in this internship please email The Sister Project: ContactUs@thesisterproject.com
We are lost without you, Cornichon. We love you and cannot wait until you join our crazy family of sisterhood!
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