It’s Back To School time and despite Hurricane Irene that knocked Northeast PA out of power for 6 days, the kids still returned to school (albeit a couple days delayed!)
With summer almost over, now is a great time to review your Sanity Dimensions: your SPACES, your SYSTEMS, your SELF, and your SUPPORT to create more sanity this year!
Today’s post will help you clear your SPACE to create more sanity!
I don’t know about you, but when my kids are home for the summer – it seems that every space becomes their domain! I’m constantly picking up and putting things back where they belong. Now that my boys are back on their school schedule, it’s inspired me to share some great tips to keep in mind while whipping your Space back into shape:
- Create or Refresh Your Drop & Go Zone – For your home and family to run successfully it’s best to set up a place nearest the most-used entrance where your whole family can park their gear as they enter your home. If you’re lucky, you have a mudroom, but if you don’t have that luxury – you can turn any incoming area of your home into a drop & go zone with some quick and easy accommodations. Our drop and go zone accommodates shoes, coats, backpacks, hats, sunglasses (or winter hats and gloves), keys and various other items.
- Give All Items A Home – If you have a bunch of miscellaneous items kicking around your family and communal spaces – gather them together and see if you can categorize them. Are they papers missing files? Are they toys missing a location? Do you have magazines that are never put away? Whatever seems to be gathering may need an official home assigned to the category so that your whole family can return things to where they belong.
- Clear Your Clutter Collection Areas – If you look around your home and see where clutter tends to collect, that is likely an area that needs some improvement. I play a game with my clients that I call the “Archaeology Dig”. We identify an area that always seems to collect clutter, figure out what’s landing there, and then find a better home by answering these questions:
- What is this item?
Determine what the item is. IF you don’t know, find out or toss it!
- Why is it here?
It is likely there because someone placed it there due to limited time, lack of a system or home, or because they thought it was the right place for it to land. IF it’s not the right place
- To whom does it belong?
Zeroing in on who the item belongs to will help you manage the clutterbug that is contributing to the problem.
- Is there an existing location for it already?
If so, return it to it’s home. If no, determine the most USEFUL place for the item to live to encourage its ease of use. For efficiency, locate items functionally (near where they will be used most often).
This post is 1 of 4 in a series: Fixes To Create Back To School Sanity for your Spaces, Systems, Self & Support.
Want to check the sanity of your current space? Here’s a great DIY handbook to get you started! It even has a checklist and tool-list to help get you organized once and for all!