Welcome to our first week of the Momof6 Get Your Life Organized Boot Camp! Are you ready to make some real changes in how you do things so that you can feel more in control of your busy life and open up time to do the things that you want to do? Then let's get this boot camp started!
Set Up Some Stations!
This week is all about creating different stations around the home. Part of the reason that you feel unorganized is that you don't have a place for everything, and the ability to find everything in its place. So over the course of this week we are going to talk about establishing stations for different areas of your life to help you gain some control.
One of the biggest areas of concern for most people is the constant influx of paperwork that comes into our home- the bills, the school fliers, forms that need to be completed- the stream is almost endless. Too often all of that paperwork ends up in piles all over the kitchen counter, the dining room table and any other available surface because we don't make the time to sort through it, or just aren't sure what to keep around and what to recycle or toss in the trash. So we are going to target this paper flow first, and the way we are going to do, is to create a paperwork station.
How to Create A Paperwork Station
I thought it would be easiest to share my tips on using stations in this short (6 1/2 minute) video…. (and I apologize in advance for the buggy focus issues…. apparently my camera has a mind of its own!)
Ready to jump in and get started?
I've created this handout for you highlighting some of the tips I covered in the video to help you get started in creating a station or two to handle paperwork.
Some Additional Creative Inspiration
What I've done with a counter-top station and a paperwork wall station is only one approach. There are tons of fantastic command centers featured on blogs throughout the web (proving what a great tool a station / command center is in an organized home!) so I created this Pinterest Pin Board to showcase some of these other great ideas…. and I hope that these inspire you to get started.
So It's Time for a Little Homework:
This week I want you to create one command center for your home which will be the place where all paperwork will be accumulated. Use the tips from the video and the handout to get your started, and check out the Pin Board above for some additional creative inspiration. Once you've created the station, it is time to eliminate the piles of papers throughout your kitchen or desk or dining room using the “touch it once” principal. Set your timer for 30 minutes at least once per day until you sort through all of that paperwork and make a decision- to take care of the task, to file the paper, to add an item to your to-do list, or to recycle the paper.
Taking the Challenge?
Join our Boot Camp Bloggers who are Getting Their Lives Organized by taking this Boot Camp Challenge- and are writing about their experiences! On Wednesday I will be hosting a link-up- and you can share your progress with the Momof6 readers, right alongside all of these fabulous Boot Camp Bloggers!
So I would love to hear from you…. do you think that setting up a paperwork station will help you to become more organized?