What should Organized Living do for me ?

Organized living means clearing out the clutter from our lives, in terms of time, money, and psychological space, so that those things that are the highest priority are ensured a place of importance.

It means living purposely, not getting caught up in the call of the urgent but rather learning to keep our eyes on a pre-determined goal.

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No more food for thought … Your meal plan ….. on an index card.

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I often get asked which book or website I recommend for meal plans. Hear this one ladies – get an index card, the last thing you need is a website to give you more choices.

Step away from the cook books, websites and from the notion of perfect.

Think back to the past few suppers you felt proud of, weren’t too time consuming and everyone ate. Add a starch, soup and salad

Write them on the index card along with the name of the protein. So Monday might be Fish : Breaded salmon, pasta, broccoli & lentil soup.

Keep your protein topics as your golden rule, so from now on Monday nights is fish night. Have tilapia next week if you want a change. Just limit your choice of choices and stop making decisions, just focus on the issue at hand which is getting the supplies in advance, cooking the food and carrying on with the rest of your day.

Yes you can bulk cook, yes you should use your crock pot, sure you can change your supper if you have the time to make some herb crusted fancy fish your husband loves. Just remember – it’s the decision making that is stalling you – it’s paralysis by analysis.

Refer back to your index card each Sunday and get ahead ….. now that’s food for thought !

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Keep One Pen Continued …

For the past two weeks I have been urging you to keep one pen in a fixed place and return it there again and again.

A table set for two people.

I promised that there was a method to my madness … so here it is.

Essentially having one pen and taking the 4 steps of :

1) finding it a good location
2) retrieving it
3) using it
4) returning it

is fundamental to running a streamlined home or office.

By using an item again and again but knowing where it’s ‘home is’ enables us to live with less and be even more functional with our items that those who have many items.

Think it through. Now, I urge you to look around your home and keep an eye out for clutter.
All clutter is is items that are not following the above system.
Look at the item and decide if it is worth your time investment, if it does, then repeat the 4 steps above. It’s not as fun as leaving items around the house, but it is a highly sought after habit.

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