Parents - get organized in 30 minutes!

Written by: Jessica Schanberg

On a typical day parents are juggling many things: meals, activities, school, homework and keeping the house reasonably clean. In 30 minutes you can turn your home from a chaotic mess to something manageable.

All you need is a kitchen timer. Set it to 30 minutes, play some fun music and then…

#1.     Fill your kitchen sink with soapy water and gather all of the stray dishes and cups from around the house. Put them in the sink.

#2.     Get a laundry bag or trash bag and pick up all of the dirty clothes that are on the floor. You can sort them later.

#3.     Put away your clean laundry. At least the latest load.

#4.     Pick up toys and toss them in their bins.

#5.     Take old newspapers and junk mail and recycle it.

#6.     Make a pile of important bills in a place where you can see it.

#7.     Take out the trash and recycling.

#8.     In the bathroom get some multi-purpose spray and clean off faucets. Squirt some toilet bowl cleaner in the bowl and quickly swish that around. Let it sit. Wipe of the toilet seat and lid.

#9.     Go to the kitchen and quickly wipe down all surfaces, including the dining room table.

#10.   Look around. If anything is on the floor toss it in a reusable grocery bag and toss it in the closet to sort through later.

You may not finish everything on the first try, but it may motivate you to do a little bit, even in 5 minute intervals , if that’s all you’ve got.

This article is a guest post by Jessica Schanberg of Chicago based Pixel Peony. She is a computer savvy Personal Assistant and Personal Organizer/Graphic Designer. As an organizer, Jessica is adept at creating systems for her clients that help them to live better clutter-free lives in their environments.

Posted on April 03, 2013 at 6:54 PM