Last night my good friend Cara from The Household Helper held a seminar about getting your home organized once and for all. As someone with Attention Deficit Disorder, I’ve always struggled with keeping my house clean and organized.
Cara had a lot of great tips to share – I took pages of notes! Here are a couple of my favorites:
Organizing your bills:
Have a place and a container for all of your bills, and a binder for keeping track of paid bills.
Each day when you get the mail, sort through it, throw out any junk, and add the bills to your container.
Designate one day a week to handle the bills. (This is the part I always used to get stuck on. I could put the bills away, but remembering to deal with them in a timely manner was sometimes a challenge. I solved that problem. See here for details.)
When you pay the bill, note the date, amount paid, and check number on the bill. Use a 3 hole punch on the bill so that you can insert it into your binder (or use those plastic sheet protectors).
When you pay the same bill the following month, you can discard the previous month’s copy, unless you need it for tax purposes.
Where to begin:
If you’ve got Attention Deficit Disorder, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by a disorderly home. You want to get organized, but you don’t know where to begin. Here’s what Cara says:
Pick the area of the home that’s causing the most stress and begin there. If your kitchen is a mess and you can barely prepare meals without aggravation, that’s the place to start.
Pick an easy to do task first. Some people need immediate success in order to stay motivated, and a small start is just the thing for that. Find a small area that you see every day that bothers you because it’s so messy. It could be as simple as a table top. Clear it off and keep it that way. It will motivate you to do more.
- If you just don’t know where to begin, Cara suggests that catching up on the laundry is a great place to start. Laundry is certainly one of my stress points, so I can agree with her on that!
If you’d like to know more about Cara’s ideas for organizing, she’s got a special going right now. You can buy her “Household Helper’s Guide to Home Organization” for just $8.97 and also get “Organizing the Kids” for free! Click the image below for more information.