I must admit, I don’t usually start to organize my house until the spring, but when things starting falling out of my closets I knew I had to do something! So I decided to write this blog” How-To Organize Your House” a little earlier than expected! I thought you might want to see the way I use my bujo to organize the process.
This past week I kept opening closets thinking how did it get so cluttered, and how was I going to make room for the Christmas presents coming soon? Do you have the same anxiety? I started making mental notes to organize the house before the holidays, but where should I start first? Did I really have the time? So I knew I had to write down what I needed to do in each room first. The other decision was should I start with the rooms with the most clutter and the most to-do? Or should I start with the rooms with the smaller to-do list? I would feel motivated by getting so many rooms done if I started with the rooms with the smaller to-do list! This is how my crazy mind works-it’s hard for my family to follow sometimes!
The Process of How to Organize Your Home:
I grabbed a cup of tea and sat down with my bujo to put all of this on paper. I was on a mission, and I just needed to sit and think about each room. So I didn’t really want to take the time to make this page “pretty”. I do love that I have this page in my bujo, and now I can schedule when I’m going to tackle these tasks! More importantly, you can see how I break down this big goal into smaller actionable steps, and actual achieve it. You will hear me say this a lot: breaking down larger ideas into small actionable steps is the key to productivity! You also know how I love to add color to my pages; I added the rooms and bullets in color. I could never do this list in a “normal” planner – I love the flexibility!
The Solution to Organizing Your Home:
I started with Jimmy’s room because it’s upstairs at the end of the hall way. Mentally, I went through his room and listed things I needed to go through. I also wrote down what I was going to do with the unwanted things in his room (i.e.: donation or sell). I mentally walked down the hallway, listed each room and what needed to be done, including tasks I’ve procreated on. Then I asked Tom, my husband, what he thought and he added some of his to-do items to the list. Since writing this list, I have completed the kitchen, office and some of the basement! I am going to do the hall closet, and both upstairs bathrooms this weekend.
The Alternative Layouts:
Since then I came across some awesome layouts on organizing your home on Pinterest:
Bujos are a journal of lists, events, appointments, to-do’s, notes, and whatever you want or need it to be. The thought of putting lists like these in your planner with your appointments might be new to you, but if you have never checked out the “official” website you should www.bulletjournal.com. I think with all of the creativity I love to emphasize, I sometimes tend to overthink things. My bujo sometimes becomes something that needs to look pretty and colorful, but it’s real beauty is in the simplicity. My bujo makes my life easier, and every page does not need to look like perfect. I need to keep that perspective with the holidays coming up too. I will be posting some pretty fun pages about getting organized for the holidays, fitness layouts and cleaning pages for after the celebrations!
Supplies I used for How-To Organize Your House: