maandag 25 november 2013

52 Weeks To An Organized Home: (Overig)

Do you want an organized home? Most people do, but they go about it in the wrong way expecting overnight success. Let's instead do it the right way, together, with the 52 Week Challenge.

Click here to sign up if you're already ready to join for free!

Why Does It Take 52 Weeks? Why Can't I Get Organized Over Night?

You cannot expect to get your home completely organized over night, even though that would be wonderful. It just won't realistically happen for most of us because we have too many areas in our homes that we need to address.

Plus, even if a whole crew came in and organized everything right now, like they do on some of those television shows, you most likely don't have the habits in place to maintain that organization yet.

However, you can get organized slowly, over time. That is where The 52 Week Organized Home Challenge comes in. Each week we focus on a different challenge area in our homes and make steady forward progress.
The idea is that at the end of the 52 weeks you will have an organized home. Plus. your life and your home will run more smoothly, plus you'll have gained the knowledge, skills, habits and routines necessary to actually keep it that way!

Trust me, maintaining the organization you put in place can be just as much of a challenge as getting there in the first place, so those skills and discipline are very much needed!

When Does The Organized Home Challenge Start? Am I Too Late To Begin?

This challenge is ongoing. You don't have to wait until January 1st or any other arbitrary time to begin. Instead just jump in wherever we are right now and take off from there.

How Do I Keep Up With The 52 Weeks To An Organized Home Challenges?

Each Monday I will put up a new challenge on the site that we will all work on during the week (including me -- I'm doing the challenge right along with you). You can just check the site each week for the new challenge if you want.

However, I know that it can be hard to remember to check something on the web each week, so I am also going to send out the challenge each week as part of the free email updates and newsletter for the site. If you want these free emails to come to your home, along with additional organizational tips and hints, sign up below.
Here's A List Of The 52 Challenges In The Organized Home Series

Below is a list of the 52 challenges that are part of the Organized Home series (I've also listed these in a PDF document you can print -- click here). As you can see, I haven't created all of them yet so many of the topics are not yet clickable. The series will begin for the first time on October 31, 2011, and then run continuously from then forward. (You see, even I'm just jumping in where the year is, and going from there too!)
Week 1: Kitchen organization: countertops and sink (January 2, 2012)
Week 2: Kitchen drawers and kitchen cabinet organization (January 9, 2012)
Week 3: Organize pantry, spices and food storage areas (January 16, 2012)
Week 4: Organizing refrigerator and freezer (January 23, 2012)
Week 5: Organize recipes and cookbooks (January 30, 2012)
Week 6: Create a home recycling center (plus dealing with trash) (February 6, 2012)
Week 7: Organize coupons (February 13, 2012)
Week 8: Healthy meal planning and creating grocery shopping list (February 20, 2012)
Week 9: Create simple address book and organize contact information (February 27, 2012)
Week 10: Create a home mail organizer center (March 5, 2012)
Week 11: Organize bills (March 12, 2012)
Week 12: Create a personal tax organizer system and organize receipts (March 19, 2012)
Week 13: Organize files and create home filing system (March 26, 2012)
Week 14: Organizing magazines, newspapers and catalogs (April 2, 20120
Week 15: Organize passwords, manuals and warranties (April 9, 2012)
Week 16: Home office organization (April 16, 2012)
Week 17: Create a house cleaning schedule and organize cleaning supplies (April 23, 2012)
Week 18: Bathroom organization (April 30, 2012)
Week 19: Create a first aid and medicine organizer center (May 7, 2012)
Week 20: Entryway / mud room (May 14, 2012)
Week 21: Living room / family room (May 21, 2012)
Week 22: Dining room / kitchen eating area (May 28, 2012)
Week 23: Laundry room (June 4, 2012)
Week 24: Laundry baskets and hampers (June 11, 2012)
Week 25: Purses / briefcases (June 18, 2012)
Week 26: Books (June 25, 2012)
Week 27: CDs and DVDs (July 2, 2012)
Week 28: Photos (July 9, 2012)
Week 29: Crafts (July 16, 2012)
Week 30: Vehicles (July 23, 2012)
Week 31: Pets (July 30, 2012)
Week 32: Yard / garden (August 6, 2012)
Week 33: Basement (August 13, 2012)
Week 34: Attic (August 20, 2012)
Week 35: Garage (August 27, 2012)
Week 36: Homework area / launching pad (September 3, 2012)
Week 37: Linen closet (September 10, 2012)
Week 38: Master bedroom closet (September 17, 2012)
Week 39: Seasonal clothing switch (September 24, 2012)
Week 40: Master bedroom (October 1, 2012)
Week 41: Jewelry / accessories (October 8, 2012)
Week 42: Shoes (October 15, 2012)
Week 43: Makeup / cosmetics (October 22, 2012)
Week 44: Organizing closet space for your kids (October 31, 2011) (and then October 29, 2012)
Week 45: Kids' bedroom organizing challenge (November 7, 2011) (and then November 5, 2012)
Week 46: Organize toys and games (November 14, 2011) (and then November 12, 2012)
Week 47: Create personal home inventory (November 21, 2011) (and then November 19, 2012)
Week 48: Storage for china, glassware and crystal (November 28, 2011) (and then November 26, 2012)
Week 49: Storing silver properly to inhibit tarnishing (December 5, 2011) (and then December 3, 2012)
Week 50: Christmas decoration storage and organization (December 12, 2011) (and then December 10, 2012)
Week 51: Organize wrapping paper and gift bags (December 19, 2011) (and then December 17, 2012)
Week 52: Keep a family calendar (December 26, 2011) (and then December 24, 2012)

You Can Report Your Own Progress On The Wall Of Fame

I want people to participate in this challenge, and to be able to show off what they've accomplished since it feels so good when you get something positive done in your home!

If you do even one of the challenges, whether while it is running that week or anytime you get around to it, and want to show off your accomplishments I would be happy to publish your before and after pictures, or story about what you did here on the site. Just for this purpose I've created a "Creative Storage Solutions And Home Organization Wall Of Fame." I'll also be sharing my own progress, week by week, in this section of the site too so you can track my progress (or see my stumbling blocks) toward my own organized home.

In addition, if you have your own blog and share your accomplishments there instead you can send me a link to your blog post and I will link to it from the "Wall Of Fame" if you allow me to use a picture and share a brief synopsis, plus add a link to the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge from your blog post.

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