Monday, October 25, 2010

Getting Organized

One of my goals now that I'm finished with the subway quilt is to get a bit more organized.  I'm a reasonably organized person, but there are certainly areas I'd like to improve on.  My first place to tackle is the kitchen.  I'm trying to tame the clutter while also making things a bit more streamlined.  One problem area is around the microwave.  We tend to stack stuff there that needs to be done such as mail to deal with.  I also have a couple lists tacked to the fridge of things that need done as well as a shopping list that I add to throughout the week.  I have decided to combine everything onto one clipboard.  If I have mail that needs dealt with such as a bill or my mail-in ballot for voting next week, I'll just stick in on the clipboard.  When I have a few free minutes, I'll sit down and go through everything at once, and it will all be in the same place.

I also put together two lists to keep on this clipboard--a shopping list and a to do list.

The shopping list is already divided in order based on the store where I normally shop.  When I realize I need something from the store, I'll add it to the list, but instead of it being in random order like it usually is, it will be ready to grab for a shopping trip.  No rewriting required.

I'm constantly forgetting to make phone calls or follow-up on things because I'm not good at writing down reminders of when I need to get things done.  Here is a simple list I can add to each week when there are certain things I need to do.  I have already included the cleaning I'd like to accomplish that day on top of my normal 1-2 loads of laundry, sweeping, vacuuming and normal kitchen cleanup.  Most of them are 10-20 minute jobs that I frequently just overlook, but drive me crazy, like washing the fingerprints off the kitchen and living room windows.  We'll see how it goes and if this helps me feel a little more on top of my life again. 


  1. You are one of my organizing heroes. I aspire to be half as good as you are one day. Great idea with the clipboard. I might steal it. Also, the subway quilt turned out so well. I am sure you are ecstatic to have it completed.

  2. Great ideas! A couple months back I made a list of all the chores that need to be done around here (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.) in the hopes of actually getting some cleaning done when I'd rather be sewing. I need to come up with a good solution for my kitchen too. I'm sick of my counter always having piles of to-dos.

  3. That's a great idea! My husband and I have a similar whiteboard system next to our family calendar.

  4. Great lists. I always have random lists and then have to reorganize before I head out the door.