We know you want an organized home. (Who doesn’t?) So, this week, we’re launching our Step-by-Step Home Organizing Party at LearnDoBecome.
The Vision: I would love for each of you to feel calm and organized. We want to help you create a generally clean home (not perfect!) that is an ideal environment for building a strong family, doing your most important work, and thriving in all areas. That way, your space will lift and support you as you face all the things that life throws at you!
So if you are feeling overwhelmed–or if you’re just excited to get things more organized–and you would love support for creating an uplifting environment, we are here to help you! Listen in to hear the nine foundations of an organized life. We’ll be diving into each lesson more in-depth during future podcasts, so stay tuned for those as well!
1. Create Your Ideal Family Routine
We want you to have time for focused work and flexible activities–time to organize and time to replenish. The idea behind this first lesson is to help you create the structure you need; that way, when you decide you want to take on a big project (like organizing the house), you aren’t simply adding it to the piles of other “to-dos.” Here’s the schedule we outlined for our family this past week!
2. Put Out the Fires (and Take Care of YOU)
When we have serious things going on that are overwhelming us, it’s incredibly difficult to think about the future projects and goals we would like to accomplish. Projects like getting the closet organized don’t really seem like a priority when we are feeling as though life is crumbling around us.
This means we need to put out those fires first–the ones that demand our immediate attention–before we have the ability to dive into the other projects and establish an organizational system.
3. Determine Your Highest-Value Activities
Everyone has goals–whether or not they are written down. When we identify those main goals, it is vital to also take the time and identify activities that will best help us meet those goals. We can then engage in those high-value activities and effectively make progress. Otherwise, we may find ourselves weighed down by miscellaneous tasks that ultimately get us nowhere in terms of our goals.
4. Map Out Your Home and Life Organizing Plan
This is where we will use David Allen’s Natural Planning Model to 1) create purpose and principles, 2) outline an outcome vision, and 3) brainstorm, organize and create Next Actions. We’ll take the areas of your life–mental, physical, and digital–and help you create a life map that is personalized for you.
5. Implement the 3-Box Method
When I first learned to declutter, these are the principles that worked for me. You can dive in and learn more about this in our previously-recorded podcast–linked in the resources below!
6. Extract, Establish, and Execute Your Next Actions
All of us could improve at identifying Next Actions and making them happen. Any time a task is sitting on our list–or we are procrastinating moving forward on something important, it is typically because we don’t have the Next Action properly identified or written down. When this happens, it is then time to re-evaluate and find the true Next Action that will motivate us to keep going on our project.
7. Master the Art of Essentialism
The basic principle of essentialism is helping us recognize that we can’t do everything. We place a crushing mental load on ourselves when we try to do too much. Learning to apply the art of essentialism–and put down the debilitating mental load–has changed my life!
8. Learn to Successfully Organize as a Family
Family-centered productivity is really important to me. Frequently, productivity principles are taught in the context of the corporate field. It is a completely different story to move a business or project forward in the context of family life. When we are trying to organizing our homes, being able to work in tandem with our children is not only going to give us the opportunity to model how to do these things; it is also where we will build lasting, meaningful relationships.
9. Keep the Party Going with a STEP Command Central
In this lesson, I will be showing you some basics of processing incoming papers and information effectively. In doing so, I will also show you how a STEP Command Central can change your life.
Want to Join the Party?
If this sounds like your kind of party, you can sign up at LearnDoBecome.com/party to gain access to each lesson as they are published and celebrate alongside us as you progress through the nine lessons! We’ve already got links and resources ready for you there! Also, if you know of anyone who would benefit from these lessons, be sure to invite them to the party by sharing that link with them–the more, the merrier.
If you’re looking for a simple, step-by-step process to streamline your “stuff,” this is an incredibly doable way to get started.
In this podcast, I shared specifically how I had gotten “stuck” with some picture frames, and worked through to identify the Next Action I needed to move forward in putting them away.
We’re going to be providing even more support and coaching for this Organizing Party in our Steps to Everyday Productivity (STEP) Mastery Facebook group. So if you’ve been thinking about joining STEP Mastery, now is such a good time to join! Come learn more in our free class!