52 Weeks of Organizing was a series I ran each week in 2011. I’m leaving it up and accessible for anyone wanting to follow along at their own pace in the future. All the posts related to this series are listed below for your convenience.
I’d like to challenge you to create a list of 52 organizing projects or habits that need to be done or developed around your home…dressers, drawers, closet, toys, paper, you name it. Having a plan is a great first step! Tackle one a week or more.
Looking for a place to start? My book has 101 organizing tips in it giving you plenty of projects to pick and choose from. Even if you only accomplish 52 of them this year you’ll be well on your way to living an organized life in no time.
If you’d like I’ve created a simple sheet to help you keep track of your 52 projects. Keeping track of your accomplishments will motivate you to continue but remember don’t go crazy and put down “organize office” as one project. Try breaking it down into manageable bite size steps instead, listing them all separately. One shelf, drawer, closet, surface space at a time (unless of course you are feeling really motivated than by all means fly at it!) Click on the link below to print your copy.
After all, organizing isn’t a means to an end, it’s an ongoing process that involves all sorts of habits, disciplines and maintenance. It can also be extremely rewarding and addicting. Oh yes it can and I want all of you to experience that high! I’m a pusher what can I say :)
In addition, if you have an iPhone or iPad and would prefer to track your success that way, I now have an app that you can use to list your 52 weeks of organizing tasks out to monitor your progress. Be sure to check it out by clicking on the button below:
52 Weeks: Introduction
Week #1 Where will you start?
Week #2 Follow the PROCESS and free printable
Week #3 Identify the Piles
Week #4 Making Decisions
Week #5 Why do you want to get organized?
Week #6 Negative Conversations
Week #7 Purge until it fits
Week #8 Keep Flat Surfaces Cleared
Week #9 What is your good enough?
Week #10 Tips for cluttered surfaces
Week #11 Consolidate & Conquer
Week #12 Daily Maintenance
Week #13 Purge magazine backlogs
Week #14 Does your system need a change?
Week #15 Organizing Closets
Week #16 Getting those drawers under control
Week #17 Seasonal clothes switch out
Week #18 Functional vs. Fabulous
Week #19 No Mom Jeans or Expired Medications
Week #20 Take Back Your Linen Closet
Week #21 Embrace the Empty Space
Week #22 What’s the Big Deal about Labels?
Week #23 Command Center Necessity
Week #24 Finish What You Start
Week #25 Don’t Just Think About It
Week #26 How Much is Enough?
Week #27 Get Your Kids Involved
Week #28 Your Way is Not Wrong If…
Week #29 Celebrate Your Accomplishments
Week #30 Organizing School Papers
Week #31 What Does Simplify Mean to You?
Week #32 Hiring a Professional Organizer
Week #33 Using Weekly Planner Pages for Organizing
Week #34 Setting Boundaries and Limits
Week #35 Find an Organizing Partner
Week #36 Finding a System That Works
Week #37 Bringing Together Like with Like
Week #38 Put It Back!
Week #39 Fighting Procrastination
Week #40 Create an I’m Outta Here Shelf
Week #41 Best Organizing Advice
Week #42 Taking Control of Your Holiday Decorations
Week #43 Prioritize Your Daily Top Three To-Dos
Week #44 Consumed by Clutter
Week #45 Let Go Of The Dream
Week #46 Where To Donate Your Stuff
Week #47 Organize While Watching TV
Week #48 Organize! With My New App!
Week #49 Say No To Scattered and Unfocused Organizing
Week #50 Go Vertical for Storage
Week #51 8 Daily Habits for Keeping Your House Under Control
Week #52 Congratulations and Planning for the New Year
While some of the weeks above provide practical organizing tasks, the majority of the tasks were intentionally created to teach basic organizing skills. So as a supplement to this first list, I’ve created a second list of 52 Weeks of Organizing Tasks that lists a practical task for each week to help you get your home in order over the course of an entire year. I hope to have this list added to my organizing app for those that have been requesting a practical list on there. I’ll keep you posted on when that happens but in the meantime you can always manually add the list under the “all tasks” section. Click the link below to download.
Keep me posted as to how you make out!