It’s Time to Organize! These Five Steps will Jumpstart your Home Organization
Happy New Year!
The holiday parties are over, and the slate is clean. It’s time to get back to your routine, and that means a chance to get back on track with home organization. The energy you spent on cards and parties last month you can put into getting your home in order now.
If you’re in the same hemisphere as we are here at Time Timer, it’s probably COLD. Wouldn’t you rather get things organized now, before school ends, the pool opens up, the summer concert series begins and your gardening is calling your name? If you’re lucky enough to live where it’s warm right now, lucky you. It’s probably time to tackle the after-holiday organizing, though, right?
We’re here to help, with these five steps to jumpstart your home organization process.
1. Make a plan and stick to it. Remember that you can’t change your habits overnight, and to make organizational systems last, they must become a habit. Try this 52-week plan to tackle your home room by room, clutter zone by clutter zone.
2. Try a timer, like this Time Timer Watch Plus. You can set multiple, recurring timers, and you don’t have to worry about taking it with you. So, if you’re organizing the basement, and going up and down the stairs with your trash and donate items, you won’t lose track. Not only that, but you can also get an idea of how much time you’ve spent at a glance. I love timers because they give me a goal--and a deadline. If I can make it 30 minutes cleaning, I can quit. Once I convince myself to start, I can go longer. But setting a manageable time on my Time Timer Watch Plus gives me the momentum I need.
3. Start with small steps, like setting up a paper recycling station near the door, so you can handle all of the bills, flyers, and school papers before they take over your home. My recycling bin is in my garage, so most of the paper clutter never makes it inside. I also really like this idea for using plastic bins as pull-out drawers in your kitchen cabinets.
4. Tackle one big project you can feel good about. What’s driving you crazy? Is your refrigerator a hot spot after the holidays? Try these hints for organizing the fridge. Is the paper clutter out of control for the mail you need to keep? Set up a household filing system, and be sure you are using the same naming conventions. Do your auto insurance bills go under “Car” or “Insurance?” Be consistent--and label.
5. Reward yourself for a job well done! Buy some fun file folders, or something totally unrelated to your organizing project, like a movie night or a new pair of shoes. I’d suggest small rewards along the way, with a big reward (weekend away?) to look forward to at the end.
8 Ways the Dry Erase Board Gives You a Clean Slate for Productivity in 2017It’s a new year. The hecticness of the holidays has passed, and it’s time to gear up to meet your objectives in 2017. We’ve got just the tool to help you get started: The Time Timer ® Dry Erase Board.
The Dry Erase Board pairs with the Time Timer MOD® and helps you keep your to-do list and urgent tasks on track. A convenient caddy on the back helps you keep supplies like dry erase markers, erasers and other supplies. To help you jumpstart your productivity in 2017, we’re offering a 25% discount off the Dry Erase Board (valid from January 9 - 22, 2017. MOD sold separately). Not sure how to use the Dry Erase Board? Here are 8 top ways customers are using it.
Thank you, MOMCON2016
We recently returned from MOMCON in Milwaukee, where we shared the Time Timer ® with moms from the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International.
As a family-based company, all of us at Time Timer ® loved being a part of this year’s celebration of inspiration and faith for moms. Before it was a household name, the original Time Timer ® was founded in an everyday household in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jan Rogers struggled to help her daughter, Loran, keep track of time. She wasn’t old enough to read clocks and often missed the bus. So, mom Jan invented Time Timer, which features a patented red disk that shows elapsed time.
Five Ways A Timer Can Hack your Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning is a ritual for many, a way to welcome the warmer weather by purging our households of dirt and clutter. But while the end result—a sparkling, clean home—is enjoyable, the process of cleaning may be anything but fun. Here are five ways using a timer can help you with your spring cleaning tasks.
1. Get the kids to help by making it a game.
Spring cleaning is a great time to teach your children responsibility for their own spaces by having them clean their rooms. You can make it a game by setting a timer (like the Time Timer ® ) for an appropriate amount of time and encouraging them to have their entire room cleaned up before time runs out. Reward them with a treat, such as 30 minutes of screen time, when they complete the task.
- Keep track of your cleaning process.
Have a cleaner, such as a soap scum remover, that needs to set for 10-15 minutes before you can start scrubbing? Use a timer to help you keep track of the time, and get the best results from all of your cleaning products.
- Break up the day by timing each activity.
Set the timer for the amount of time it should take you to complete each activity—30 minutes for dusting, 20 for vacuuming, etc. Are you the competitive type? See if you can even beat the clock if you need a challenge.
- Give yourself a break!
After you’ve spent an hour working, take a short break. Set the timer, grab a drink and a snack, check Facebook, relax. Or, just make sure your kids are still alive.
- Maintain your newly clean house with weekly cleaning.
Each week after spring cleaning, set the timer for one hour, and have the whole family pitch in to clean the house. Even young kids can sort socks, or empty trash cans. Divide up the tasks, and make it a true team effort.
Need the timer to get through your spring cleaning? The Time Timer MOD is the perfect fit—available in new colors at timetimer.com/mod.
Dr. DClutter and the Ten-Minute Tidy
Dr Darnita L. Payden, aka "Dr DClutter™," is a gifted Life Management Specialist.
You may have seen her on Hoarders, The Diane Rehm Show or Costco Connection Magazine.
With a PhD in counseling psychology, Dr Payden helps clients understand the "how" and "why" of their own unique organizational struggles as they begin to create sustainable change.
Read Dr. Payden's story and try her Ten-Minute Tidy™ with your Time Timer at home!
By Dr. Darnita L. Payden:
Say goodbye to stopwatches and kitchen timers -- and hello the Time Timer! What an awesome, deceptively simple time management tool. I've been using two different sizes ~ the 3" and the 12".
Because I always use a product before I ask my clients to trust me about its usefulness or effectiveness, I spent three months discovering how many ways I could use the Time Timer in my professional and personal daily life.
Professionally, I use the 3" and 12" Time Timer for:
- Timing my free telephone consultations with prospective clients.
- Helping me stay on track in meetings.
- Delivering presentations. It sure beats a sign held up in the back of the room with a minute countdown!
- It's great in helping manage my time on the computer, especially while checking and responding to emails and checking social media. Set it for 30 minutes and go!!