Hi sweet friends!
I get it....this beautifully chaotic world of ours can feel magical and also messy all at the same time. From household responsibilities, to commitment with friends & relatives, to events, to emotionally processing information, to running errands, to projects, to maintaining relationships, to rending to our OWN needs...and more...we house a lot of thoughts in our mind and it often feels like our "plate is full."
Follow the prompts below with the corresponding templates mentioned. Downloads are below.
A = Automate. What on this list can you set up on a recurring basis?
Ex: carpool, date night, babysitter, mow the lawn, pay a bill, call a relative, etc.
D = Delegate. What items on this list can you delegate to someone else?
Ex: Laundry folding goes to the oldest child, Organizing goes to TC Mobile Mommy, Washing the Dishes goes to the spouse, Planning the family reunion goes to the Cousin, etc.
E= Eliminate. What items on this list can you cross off and eliminate that does not bring you joy, causes overwhelm, is not the best time/season to prioritize, or may cost extra money/time?
Ex: repairing the shed, organizing the garage, replacing the trim, sorting through family photos.
Tips: Starting with a task that takes the shortest amount of time helps knock out the projects & fills your cup! OR starting with the tasks that bring you the MOST joy is a great way to work through your To-Do list. Of course, time sensitive tasks are also ones to consider sooner than later to eliminate anxiety or stress later on.
The "Success Jar" is my way of doing the Ta-Da list.
Any time I knock out a task or have a proud moment, I write it down on a slip of paper and put it in my success jar! Then at the end of the year, or sometimes every month, I'll take out the slips and read through all the awesome things I did!! I often forget how many small amazing moments I had, or the big incredible accomplishments I successfully did (or didn't succeed in but attempted).
If companies can do a "year in review" for their employees, why wouldn't we take some time to recognize OURSELVES? This is especially helpful if working through mental obstacles, setting high expectations for a project with multiple steps, if you experience low-points in your life, if you're wanting to create this for other household members, or if you want a more visual way of seeing you truly wonderful you are and how all you do has an impact.
Download and print the below templates to reference for the above activity
I'm PROUD OF YOU!
Remember to give yourself more grace.....and praise :)
Cuz you're doing a wonderful job!
20 things to tidy? Doesn't that sound insane?!
Where to even start?... + the dreadful sight of the chaos halfway through. Oh my-lanta! (DJ Tanner reference for all my Full House fans).
EXCEPT.... it's totally doable with our method.
Not to mention your TA-DA list will look FAB! 💕
Give these 20 tasks a whirl.
Aim for 1 per day, or even 1 per week.
No need to overwhelm yourself.
Let us in on the magic by posting a Before & After pic.
Be sure to tag us #TC20toTidy so we can celebrate with you!
And if you just don't want to deal with any of this...give us a call :)
First thing is first.
We can easily spend hours decluttering, cleaning, organizing, looking for missing pieces of toys & gadgets, and immerse ourselves looking through photo albums we stumble across. No thank you!
SO.... to keep things short & moving along to complete the mission, your task will be to set a timer for 20 minutes for each of the below areas to tidy. Don’t go beyond that time! If you need or want more time on a particular area, make it a point to come back to that project on another day. The goal is to chizzle away at the visual chaos without getting trapped by taking everything apart and having it turn it into a 3-day mess-fest.
Once the timer is up, stop the task and move on to another one or go on with your day. Progress....not perfection! Just start.
Here we go:⠀
1) Set timer for 20 minutes⠀
2) For enclosed spaces: take the items out, spend 10 minutes on sorting through what you LOVE & want to keep, what to toss, what to donate/sell. ⠀
3) Wipe down surface⠀
4) Place items back in a new organized format.⠀
TIP: it looks much easier on the eyes + easier to access belongings when you can take items out of its original packaging & use a clear container/basket/bin.
We all know what’s coming! It has already started to creep up on us...the colder temperatures, shorter days & soon enough the snow that gives us the name “Minnesnowta.”
We have had a wonderful Fall with the beautiful foliage, apple orchard outings, and now pretty soon we can cozy in as the holidays approach.
If you've been, like us, a little too optimistic for the sunny 60 degree day made one more appearance, you might have been holding out on putting away your patio set. Sadly, at this point it doesn't look too likely, so we might as well try to avoid any rusty furniture and Summer gear & plan to store the remaining equipment and toys while we can still see the grass.
Here is our suggested check-list to help get you prepped for the Winter: