It’s here, it is here! The very last day of our challenge. Day thirty-one has arrived and I am so proud of you for hanging in and getting your Home Organized the Frugal Way!
Today we are going to talk about how to STAY ORGANIZED. The good news is, you are half way done forming the habit of home organization. According to a research study done by Phillippa Lally, a health psychology researcher at University College London. It takes on average more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic. In Dr. Lally’s study, it took participants anywhere from 18 to 254 days to form a new habit. By this standard, you are well on your way!
“Because certain mental habitudes
once set up,
their nature is to go on for ever unless they
should be displaced by other habits.”
Before we go on to the last challenge, let’s take a look at the 5 principles that were the foundation of Organize your Home in 31 Days the Frugal Way. In order to continue to keep yourself, your family and your home organized you are going to have to embrace and even memorize these principles. Some people have naturally organized brains but if you are like me and are naturally disorganized then memorizing these steps will help you internalize and live out these new habits and at the same time you will be saving money to put toward more important priorities.
Organize from the inside out
Start small and gradually get bigger
Use what you have
Give things away
Group like things together
It is always helpful to see where you started at the beginning of a journey. Take a moment and think about all that you have accomplished. If I were standing next to you at this very moment I would throw my arms around you and say “Well Done”! “I am so proud of you”! You have worked hard and will now reap the rewards!
PRAY Start your day by praying, if you only accomplish this one tip you will have a high success rate. Put the five principles on your prayer list and daily ask God to help you accomplish these things.
TOUCH IT ONCE Make sure that when you are handling any item in your house that you apply the one-touch rule. For example, when sorting daily mail. Make sure to put each piece where it belongs. The trash, the bill drawer or the coupon container. Same with things like cooking utensils and folding laundry.
TIMER The timer is a tool that I have recently implemented into my own daily organization routine. It makes things fun and I am able to accomplish tasks that I would normally avoid in a timely manner. Put some music on, call the kids and get some order in your home. You would be amazed at what you can accomplish in just 15 minutes. Laughter always accompanies this task at our home.
BRING IN TAKE OUT This is an easy one. If you bring something in make sure you bless someone else with what you no longer need. Make a bin in the basement or entrance area for items you would like to give away.
UPDATE Update your “To Do List” and “Calendar” on a daily basis and you can stop carrying all that mental baggage! Simplify your life by inserting this task into your daily schedule.
What tips do you have to stay organized on a budget?
Janelle Esker is the grateful wife of Michael and homeschooling mother of six amazing children. She lives with her family, 4 cats, 1 dog, 3 ducks and 12 chickens in scenic Ohio. Janelle received her B.A. in Education from Ohio Northern University. She is the author of CHOSEN: One Family’s Journey with Autism.