March 8, 2011 § 5 Comments
Just in time for your spring cleaning urges— a worksheet you can follow step-by-step throughout your house. This is the order in which I clean, which is by task. For example, I do all the bathrooms at the same time and move in phases throughout my house. It seems to go faster this way because I am focussed on one thing at a time and am not constantly searching for cleaning supplies I set down in another room or which rooms I’ve already vacuumed, etc. It is also nice if I happen to run out of time because the whole house is generally cleaner whenever I have to stop, instead of having one sparkling room while the others are still in the state of disaster they were previously in.
What is your house cleaning style?
Go download this worksheet here: http://www.lifeonpaperco.com/lifeonpaper/Worksheets.html
March 5, 2011 § 1 Comment
The art of ink pressed into beautiful papers. I really can’t get enough of it. Maybe I love it so much because it is a lost art in this digital world, but I love how it is still alive (and more creative than ever) in small shops across the country.
One shop I came across recently is Sycamore Street Press. I like this one especially because their designs are so creative, their color palette makes me smile, and they are very green in the way they do things. Take a look at some of their beautiful work:
February 28, 2011 § 14 Comments
Now that I have a very capable 4 year old on my hands, I’ve come to the conclusion that I can no longer let her get away with not cleaning her room. I am a crazy-organized mom so I actually prefer to do it myself. Nothing drives me more up the wall than blocks mixed with princess shoes mixed with strawberry shortcake— all in the same bin. I mean, how can she play like that?!? But really, there had to be a system that she could relate to so that her toys stayed picked up AND in a spot where she could find them again.
I don’t know about your 4 year old, but mine can’t read yet. So, I decided that putting pictures on every bin would enable her to know the correct spot for things. I even went as far as to use the actual toy in the picture so she wouldn’t be confused. I also added the written word with it so she could begin to recognize the word with the picture.
I am happy to say that after showing her how, she has really caught on to this concept. It is actually has become a game for her— sorting things in the bins that match the picture. YES!!! I’ve attached the labels below that I used. They print correctly on Avery 8160 labels or compatible ones. I just used pictures from the ToysRus site, so it’s probably not very legal to actually call these a printable. So, they are on my page and I am not calling them anything… just an example to do with as you wish in the privacy of your own home. 🙂
February 23, 2011 § Leave a comment
February 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
With all types of organizing, there has to be some common foundation for the process. For example, one way is through color. This is probably one of the most popular ways since most people are very visual. The idea is that you assign each color a certain meaning, and then organize according to your perimeters. I do this with my home office files– red is auto, blue is banking, yellow is utilities, etc.
Another way of organizing is through numbers. Just like color, each section of what you are organizing has a certain number attached to it. This can also be applied to shapes, fabrics, letters or any identifier that readily stimulates your memory.
The key to organizing for YOU is understanding the way YOUR brain works.
I remember when I started my accounting job. All of the spreadsheets were already created by someone else and I was adding onto them. For the life of me, I could not read them. I would get confused and frustrated and put numbers in the wrong spots, create columns that already existed, etc. (Which, for an accountant, is really bad stuff!) But to the person before me, they made perfect sense. That is because we had different brain styles.
My brain is pretty focussed in that it basically only responds to color and shape. Like when I read a magazine, I never actually read it. I look at the pictures and read the big quotes pulled from the articles, but that’s about it. I am drawn to the visual. When I took my accounting spreasheets and made them look beautiful, with proper spacing and color identifiers, everything fell into place and undstanding them became easy.
Others of you are on the opposite spectrum. If you actually made it to this point in the blog by reading every word, that is a good sign that you are one of these who focus on the meaning of things and are more detail-oriented. You can organize with words and numbers and do not need the visual stimulation to stay on top of things. This doesn’t mean you don’t enjoy things looking beautiful, but you don’t NEED it. For this type of person, organizing can actually be quite easy because a few stark white labels with “Times Roman” wording written on them might be all you need to function. How nice for you 😉
There are others ways a brain can respond: through sound or touch or even emotion. They key is to find which one of these you identify with most and then create your own “organizing style”. If you can successfully do this, you might manage to stick with keeping things organized instead of jumping from system to system and always feeling like nothing you do is working.
Take a moment and examine the way you think. Do you need colors to help your brain out? Do you need to use pictures of hearts, kitty cats and newborn babes because you are emotionally driven? How about different textures and patterns to keep your stuff in order? Or maybe words and numbers speaks clearest in your mind.
Follow your brain’s natural pattern to success.
February 15, 2011 § 1 Comment
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