A couple of months ago, I wrote about attending an organizing workshop, and I listed 3 goals I wanted to complete: 1) make a master list of favorite meals to aid my menu planning, 2) use the START method to better organize my son's clothes and 3) do a walk-through organizing assessment of our home.
I completed the first two tasks pretty quickly. The master list is just a handwritten draft, but it's now the cover page of my recipe notebook, and I've been consulting it often as I decide what's for dinner.
As for my son's clothes, I updated his clothing inventory, which has been a wonderful tool as I'm out shopping. I just consult my index cards and I know what we need and don't need in each size.
I saved the biggest job for last. In fact, I had completely forgotten about it until another organizer came to our MOPS meeting last week to talk about cleaning our closets. Well, that got me motivated again to do the assessment. I grabbed a notebook and pen, and walked through each room in our home. Anytime I saw an area (a closet or even a particular shelf) that needed attention, I wrote it down under that room's heading.
Before writing all of this down, I was feeling overwhelmed. But putting each task on paper really helped me see what needs to be done. Now that it's recorded, I don't need to keep thinking about it, and I can always add to the list as more problem areas catch my eye. I came up with 27 (!) drawers, cabinets, etc. that need sorting, and I dove right in that same morning. I clipped the lists to a clipboard, and will consult it as I have time. As we anticipate moving in a couple months, this is my version of spring cleaning.
I'm so glad I got STARTed, and I hope I keep it up! Almost half of the tasks have been completed in this first week--hooray!