Organize 365 Podcast (general)

You only have 24 hours a day. The only way to get more time is to eliminate tasks or get help doing them.

I know this is a hard concept for some to embrace. The idea of paying someone to do something you CAN do is a big mental mindset shift.

By PAYING for a task to be done by someone else you are saying.

  1. I can't do it ALL.
  2. This is important enough to me at this time to make sure it is done and done regularly.
  3. I am going to use that time that is freed up to do.....

What is it that you REALLY what to be spending your time doing? 

This blog post is a meaty one. https://organize365.com/care/ I share the 10 steps I go through when hiring help. 

How to hire help

  1. Make a job description. In your dream world what are ALL the things this person would do? When I hired babysitters for my daughter, I specifically looked for people who liked to cook and liked pets - 2 of my weaknesses and my daughter's strengths.
  2. Invite 10-20 people to look at your job description. Many people will not respond, so reach out to between 10 -20 potential good matches. When you get a yes... The LESS hours you need, the more candidates you will go through.
  3. Schedule an in person interview at your house on the day you want regular service. If you want a babysitter every Friday night, interview people on Friday night. If they can’t make the interview at that time... they won't be able to accept the job.
  4. Be flexible. The best employee/ employer relationship is a win -win. You win by getting the task done. Know what you want done - no matter what - and what would be a great addition, but not a deal breaker if it can't be done.
  5. Hire for a long time relationship not a one off task. Working in your home with your family is an intimate relationship. Trust your "gut feel" when interviewing and go for the candidate you feel most comfortable with.
  6. Remember this is a job. Don't get too chummy too fast. Maintain your role as employer and have safe boundaries.
  7. Negotiate. Be fair with what you are willing to pay. If you are wanting just a few hours or a specific day and time, be willing to pay a little for then to work around your schedule.
  8. Start with a trial. When you have picked your winner - start with a 30 day trial. Having a trial period of time allows you both to get to know each other and the expectations of the job. At the end of 30 days you will be able to clarify any tasks that need to be changed, modify hours, and solidify the agreement going forward.
  9. Be a good employer. I LOVE being an employer. Appreciate your hired help. Treat them like a valued member of your team. Remember important events in their lives. Pay them fairly and ethically. Pay the taxes you know you should.
  10. Enjoy your new found time! 

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Boys have fewer categories of “toys” but more pieces and parts than girls. The key to having an organized boy’s room is to buy organizers specifically designed for each of their precious collections. Understanding how boys go from toys to collections will also shed some light on the husbands and fathers in your life.

The blog post is full of Amazon links of the exact products I use when organizing boys Legos, video games, and card collections.https://organize365.com/organizing-boys/

Next Wednesday I will tackle how to organize sporting equipment for all ages.

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Our natural inclination is to want to organize someone else or dive deep into organizing our "passions."

The easiest way to actually GET ORGANIZED is to go through your home in a logical progression starting with one room and slowly working your way through the whole house.

But we get stopped by wanting to organize family members or jumping into the deep end with Passion Projects.

Everyone has 1-3 current Passion Projects. Passion Projects are hobbies, memory items or pursuits that we identify with and make us come alive. We over buy and over collect in these areas because our desire to know and do more is unquenchable.

Passion Projects are not necessarily a monetary investment. But they are always a huge emotional and time investment.

Because we are so passionate and invested in our hobbies, we naturally want to get those organized first. Which is always a bad idea.

Passion Projects are hard to explain to others. We do not have a rational reason why we are saving what we are saving, but we knew we "need" to.

I am totally cool with that, but overtime I want you to get down to 1-3 Passion Projects. You can't be passionate about everything...

In 2017 I am going to dive deep into organizing Passion Projects. For now, focus on decluttering and organizing any nonPassion Project space in your home.

Come join the discussion over on Facebook and tell me what your (and your family member's) Passion Projects are. 

Direct download: Org365-126.mp3
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Welcome to the NEW monthly Organize 365 Update post/ podcast.

As I have transitioned to sharing more timely content in the Organize 365 Facebook group and my weekly newsletter, I realized some of you who just listen to the podcasts or read blog posts were missing out.

The Organize 365 monthly update will be published on the blog and as a podcast the first Wednesday of each month. This will allow me to share with you what is new in the ETSY shop, any new program offerings I have, updates on the book tour and general monthly relevant seasonal organizing content.

So let's start with what you will likely want to organize THIS month.

November 2016 Organizing Focus

1. Master Closet

2. Kitchen

3. Holiday Planning

Etsy Store Updates

The 100 Day Home Organization Challenge is closed until mid-December.

NEW 21 Day Kitchen Organization & 21 Day Master Closet, Bedroom & Bath Sprints.

Order Signed copies of The Mindset of Organization in my Etsy Store.

View the full blog post 

Visit my Esty store

 

 

Direct download: Org365-125.mp3
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Today’s podcast came from a reader's submission, “Now that I no longer have kids' schedules dictating my time, I have no clue how to start planning MY time.”

I find this is SO true. When I have very little time, I manage my time and tasks well. When I feel like I have “all the time in the world,” I waste almost all of it.

In this podcast, I am diving deep into how we look at the time we have and how to make our own goals and deadlines to live the life we want.

I’d love to walk you through how to set and start your home organization plan in motion. Please join me in an upcoming webinar.

https://organize365.com/mindset-webinar/

You can view all the productivity podcasts here: https://organize365.com/productivity/

Direct download: Org365-124.mp3
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Basements and storage areas are the easiest places to hide treasures we aren’t sure if we still want and items we don’t know how to properly get rid of.

Today, I am revisiting this space with more ideas to help you tackle your storage monster.

And with the winter holidays just around the corner, I have a challenge for you and some tips on scaling back and organizing your holiday decorations.

You can find more storage organizing posts and podcasts here: https://organize365.com/home-storage-and-organization-ideas/

 

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This productivity series has me searching in the far recesses of my mind to piece together how I have become so productive over the years.

If I had to boil it down to just two things, I would say productivity is the refinement of planning and habits.

What I mean is this… small incremental tweaks in my daily habits and continually looking ahead to what I need and want to accomplish in the next day, week, and month have made me a VERY productive person.

Today, I am sharing how I spend my days. Specifically, what I do in the morning, how I plan the work portion of my day, and what I do at night.

While it felt weird to talk all about MY day, I know I love reading and listening to how people I follow use their time to get so much done. So after many requests, here is what I do.

Remember as you listen, I have been focused on organizing my house for almost 5 years. And I am definitely in Stage 3 of organizing... maintenance and refinement.

You will get there, too... one day at a time.

Enjoy!

You can view all the productivity podcasts here: https://organize365.com/productivity/

I’d LOVE for you to join the Organize 365 Newsletter List and take my reader survey: https://organize365.com/newsletter/

Direct download: Org365-122.mp3
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This summer, I took the 10 Weeks To An Organized Move blog series and organized it into a free eBook resource.

 
If you, or someone you know is moving, you can download the eBook here: https://organize365.com/moving
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Once you have your tasks divided out by type, then it’s time to find new pockets of time to accomplish your to-do list!

Here are 10 ways I have been able to find more time in the last 10 years:

  1. Watch less TV.
  2. Limit my time on social media.
  3. Turn off my phone notifications.
  4. Shorten the amount of time I spend straightening up in the morning.
  5. Smoosh household tasks together.
  6. Skip household tasks all together on one day each week.
  7. Get up early or stay up late.
  8. Hire help and use that time on your focused work.
  9. Trade a day with a friend or use dates to knock out to-do's.
  10. Work faster and accept that done is better than perfect.

Listen to this week’s podcast to hear how I did – or didn’t - use each of these strategies in different phases of my life.

For all links to all the posts in the productivity series go here: 

 

 

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Once you have streamlined and moved most of your household tasks to large chunks of time in your calendar, you can now start to use 5 minute snippets of time to knock off some of the repetitive routine tasks on your list. This opens up more valuable chunks of time to get done bigger - and more valuable - projects. 

 
I know it sounds kind of counterintuitive, but if you are always doing little tasks here and there, you never feel done. If you have a 4-hour time block set aside to do those tasks and can knock 30 minutes off during the week through six 5-minute chunks, you feel accomplished and organized!
 
Here are twenty tasks I do in 5-minute pockets of time to get you started thinking about what your twenty tasks will be:
  • Start a load of laundry
  • Empty the dishwasher
  • Fold a load of laundry
  • Clean off the kitchen counter
  • Do the dishes
  • Clean out a shelf in the pantry
  • Empty all the trash cans
  • Pick up toys in the family room
  • Collect all the towels and start the laundry
  • Vacuum a room
  • Delete email and voicemail from your phone
  • Change your furnace filter
  • Take items up or downstairs
  • Go through your mail and open it all
  • Write a thank you note
  • Book a doctor appointment
  • Refill soap dispensers
  • Clean out 1 drawer
  • Shred paper
  • Put 10 things away
Use those minutes you spend talking on the phone or waiting for people knocking off your repetitive tasks!

 

Direct download: Org365-119.mp3
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