For the past few days, I’ve been addressing questions & concerns from our Biblical Homemaking Facebook Party. I’ve saved what I consider the biggest issue to last. If you can’t keep your home organized, it’s hard to do a good job in homeschooling or find time to enjoy your kids. When my home is not organized or clean, I can’t seem to get anything done. Can you relate?
Since “how to organize your home” is of particular interest to most stay at home moms, here are 10 home organization tips to help you be better organized in your home. As I made my list, it was interesting to see that many of these tips are the same tips I give for homeschooling.
This post ended up being way too long, so I’ve chopped it into 3 posts to make it easier to implement.
God is the ONLY one who can help you be successful in keeping your home organized. It may seem silly to pray about organizing your home, but God already knows your frustration. God knows your strengths & weaknesses, so go ahead and talk to Him about it.
If you still think it’s silly to pray about home organization, I’ll let you in on a little secret. This past week I spent all morning praying that my website would not have any technical issues during our Biblical Homemaking Facebook Party. I know the only one who could see me through my tech problems is God.
He’s the only one who can help you get organized. He’s the only one who can give you the focus to get organized. He’s the only one who can give you the strength to stay organized. So, fall on your knees and ask for His guidance as you get organized this coming week.
Spend time writing down where you need to get organized for the next week. Just one week! Don’t get ahead of yourself. Start with your weekly jobs and add one-time jobs later, after you get a routine going.
For example, here’s what I need to do next week:
- Clean kitchen
- Clean bathrooms
- Sort bags of clothes to send to SHIP
- Plan meals
- Grocery Shop
- Guests for Monday night dinner
- Sweep/Mom/Vacuum – depending on room
- Finish bookkeeping to send to accountant
Take your list and mark items that must be done this week. Put a day of the week next to each item. Since I do laundry on Mondays & Thursdays, I know what I need to do when I get up on each of those days. Start the laundry. I go grocery shopping on Tuesdays. If you spread out your tasks over the week, it will make it much easier.
Next mark the ones you’d like to get done this week. Each day you’ll know what MUST be done and what you can do if you have an extra 15 minutes in the afternoon.
I use google calendar once I prioritize my tasks. All of my items are in blue; all of Steve’s appointments are in red. When our kids had activities, we color coded them so we all knew whose activity it was. One calendar for the entire family. Put your home organization tasks on the calendar too. It will help you remember what needs to be done that day. Use one color for MUST get done & another color for LIKE to get done.
Project Organize Your Entire Life divides her tasks into daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly & infrequently. If that works for you, go for it. Stephanie Morgan gives her system for planning & prioritizing in Project Organize Your Entire Life. Regardless of whose system you use, find a planning/priority system that works for your personality and stick with it.
As you probably already know, Project Organize Your Entire Life is part of The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. This bundle is outstanding in helping me get organized. Even though I’m an organized person, I picked up some tips. I’ll be sharing those in the next couple posts. Take a look at the books that could help you with the 3 P’s (praying, planning & prioritizing).
If you want to read the other 10 Home Organization Tips, here they are:
.Question: What are your home organization tips? You can leave a comment by clicking here.