Are you the COO of your home?
The CHIEF ORGANIZING OFFICER?
It doesn’t matter if you live alone, have a roommate, a spouse, or kids, you can be the Chief Operating Officer of your household.
Like any executive manager, as the COO you must have a vision and manage your team.
The vision I’m speaking about here is getting your home organized and clutter free. An organized and clutter-free home has many benefits, including reducing stress, anxiety, and having more time for #1 – YOU!
If your home is currently disorganized and full of clutter, get your “team” together and create a plan to work collaboratively to get organized and get rid of the clutter.
Here is a checklist:
Get your “team” together – have a team meeting with an agenda. You may even want to distribute notes.
Announce that everyone needs to work together, “as a team,” to achieve the desired goal (organized, clean, clutter-free home).
Together, make an itemized list of what needs to be done. Think of it as a brainstorming session!
If areas of your home are currently disorganized and cluttered create an action plan and attack each area one at a time. Consider assigning different people to different areas and make it their responsibility.
Set a time-frame for completion.
Decide who will be responsible for different chores around the house – trash, recycle, pets, etc.
Even small children can be accountable for picking up after themselves and putting their toys away where they belong.
Have young kids? Implement the Morning High Five: (1) make bed, (2) get dressed, put pajamas away (not piled on the floor!), (3) eat breakfast, (4) dishes in the dishwasher or sink, (5) brush teeth. Celebrate with a “High Five!”
Agree that EVERYTHING needs to be put away in a specific place, where it belongs.
Agree that everyone will be held accountable (to the COO).
Set a time for a follow-up meeting to review your progress.
Create a reward system. When everyone does what they are supposed to do, maybe everyone goes out together for an ice-cream.
Need help? Planning your Chief Organizing Officer strategy can be overwhelming. As a Professional Organizer with 30+ years of experience working with individuals and families, I can help you.
Call me at (978) 922-6136 to discuss your current situation.