Reorganizing during your time off
When you have time off from the daily grind, your first thought may be to simply relax. After all, you can use a break. However, time off is also good for reorganizing so that you can not only better enjoy your downtime (guilt-free) but also feel less frazzled once you return to your regular schedule. Keep in mind that you don’t have to totally redo your home to make progress. Sometimes it’s the little changes that make the most significant difference. Try the following on your day off:
- Get the kids involved. Having a family just seems to go hand in hand with having clutter. Enlist their help with paring down by getting rid of toys, clothing, books, games, and movies they no longer want or use. Of course, you may face a lot of groaning and complaining when you mention what you want to do. Make it more exciting by allowing your kids to help organize a garage or yard sale. Let them sell the things they no longer need and spend the money they earn on a coveted treat.
- Spend some time on your closet. If you spend too much time rifling through your closet for something to wear, it may be time to go through your closet and get rid of things that no longer fit, no longer fit well, or should never see the light of day again. Toss the truly unmentionable and give other items to charity or sell them. This type of reorganization can shave minutes off the time it takes you to get ready each morning. As a bonus, you’ll have room for that new outfit you’ve been eyeing!
- Improve your living spaces. Use your time off to make life easier on a daily basis. Ready for some ideas?
1. Declutter your home office.
2. Reorganize your kitchen to put the things you need most often within easy reach, store away the things you use only occasionally, and get rid of all those worn-out and never-used kitchen items.
3. Does your mail get out of hand? Now is a good time to set up a station in which you can quickly sort the mail. Set up separate bins or files for mail you have to keep and respond to, junk that can go straight to the recycling bin, and items you have to shred. If you don’t put off the shredding and recycling, your mail won’t pile up and become a true mess.
4. Detangle power cords and reorganize DVD, book, and CD collections. If your family plays board and card games, organize them to ensure that they are easy to find and intact, with all of the pieces ready to go. You might even consider rearranging the furniture in your living, family, and/or recreational rooms to make conversation and game-playing times more intimate and television watching and video gaming more fun.
Then, when it’s all done, sit back and enjoy your hard work with a nice glass of wine with coupons from one of our many wine retailers.
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