Attention Readers, This is your Captain Speaking.
Today is September 6th, Labor Day. Enjoy it because tomorrow we get cracking. If you have been in Hobby Lobby any time over the last 8 weeks you know Christmas is just around the corner. In 60 days we will be in the month of November. That gives us precisely 2 months to Bless Our Homes and get them in organized, working, cleaned out, sparkling order so the months of November, December & January can be spent indoors. Enjoying our families. Enjoying having friends over. Baking. Sitting by a lit tree. Playing cheerful music in our homes. And world peace.
Take a good look at this picture. It is the epitome of warmth and coziness. You don't have to live in your dream home with your dream furnishings to enjoy it. We are going to start with clearing out what we don't love and shining the rest up so sparkles and shines.
The best starting point I know of is FLYLADY. Love her, hate her, I know you have an opinion but I'm telling you, her systems work. Just don't sign up for her daily emails or you'll be freaking out. One day you'll mosey on over to your inbox and think you've won the popularity contest because you have 47 new messages waiting on you. Nope. It'll just be a gazillion things you accidentally signed up for on her page. Don't go there. The best things you want to check out on her page are: GETTING STARTED, DECLUTTERING, CONTROL JOURNAL, ZONEWORK, DAILY MISSIONS. Do you read me? Good.
A control journal is a high tech word for a place you put all your routines and systems so they don't accumulate in a stash in your husband's underwear drawer because you did a mad stash and dash before company came.
This is what my TOC looks like. The Emergency Numbers page is awesome. Mine is outdated by, oh I don't know, 6 years or so when we lived in another city. BUT, that will be fixed soon enough. It's where you can list the Fire Dept, Po Po, Electric Company, Sanitation Dept, Poison Control, Plumber, Electrician etc... It is a lifesaver for those situation when your kid flushes an entire roll of toilet paper down the hatch and you need a Plumber ASAP.