I want to share a simple tip I’ve used to organize my entire house. Then I’ll give you some awesome reading I’ve found this week.
One Room at a Time
Your household can easily overwhelm you. There’s cleaning, organizing, sorting, and the list goes on. Of course, it would be ideal to downsize, but even that takes time. So how does it happen? One room at a time.
Perhaps you want to sort through a room to find donations. Perhaps you want to organize a room so that you actually know where things are. Maybe you just want to clean your house and you can’t find the time.
One room at a time.
I used this to clean my entire house in two weeks, without overwhelming myself. The first day, I cleaned the kitchen. The next day was the living room. Then the hall bathroom, followed by the office bathroom. Two weeks later, the entire house was spotless. Now I choose a different cabinet or drawer to sort each day.
This works for anything you need to do across your home and it allows you to work a little here and there. The most important rule that made this a success was this: don’t work on anything outside of the room of the day. This way you know exactly what you need to do each day – don’t do anything outside of that.
As for the links this week, they’re a little heavy on the finance side, but I’ve been posting a lot of productivity articles lately, so I’m evening things out:
Creating Financial Abundance [Steve Pavlina]
Steve is doing a 30-day water fast and a daily video lesson to go along with it. This is a good one, but they're all good, so go check out the other videos as well.
What To Do When All Your Productivity Hacks Fail You [Fast Company]
Awesome ways to handle it when you're feeling unmotivated, stressed or just simply feeling like you can't get anything done.
21 Small Ways to Make Life Simpler [The Positivity Blog]
I actually expected these to be really basic, obvious tips, but I read it anyways. They weren't basic at all. Some are great to learn, and others are great reminders.
10 Rules to Help You Live with Less Stuff [Be more With Less]
"We all know how to declutter, but knowing why will make it stick. Why do you want to live with less? Why are you making space — what are you making room for in your life?"
Frugal Tips: Hike More, Spend Less [The Frugal Farmer]
Hiking is my favorite form of exercise, hands down. We actually just went for a 12-mile family hike last weekend, and we're going again this weekend! It's a great way to spend time together, have quality conversation and see the most beautiful landscapes in the world, which are always on or near a mountain, in my opinion.
13 Things Baking Bread Has Taught Me About Life [Medium]
Life lessons are always more interesting when related directly to someone's passion. This is some interesting insight on life from a baker's perspective.
11 Money Hacks You Can Use to Get Ahead (and Stay There) [Club Thrifty]
These are some great ideas. Several are basic, but there are also some unique ideas. And you never know when you have been missing the mark of a basic tip, so don't shy away from them!
A Great Day with the Kids… on the Cheap [The Simple Dollar]
There are so many things we can do with our children for free or almost free. There's no reason to spend hundreds on entertainment! Not having enough money is no excuse to not have family time. These are some great tips.