A few months ago, I was in a bit of a panic. You see, I’d lost my mail key. As luck would have it, I had no idea where the spare was. This was a pickle and a pickle of my own making; there was truly no one to blame but myself. I reached out to the Home Owner’s Association to learn that the lost key was going to be both an inconvenient and expensive problem to fix. I decided to give it a couple more days. Thankfully, I was able to flag down the mailman for my mail, and even more thankfully, I found my key!
Now you’d think I would’ve learned my lesson, but sadly, I did not. Just a couple weeks ago, I’d lost the key again. Now this time was even more concerning because I distinctly remember putting it in the back pouch of my purse… and it wasn’t there. I decided to retrace my steps and the first placed I’d visited had been Panera. Would you believe that sure enough, they’d found my key?!
At this point, I began to think about those small, non-urgent tasks in our lives. They aren’t clamoring for our attention in the moment, so it’s easy to think we can just tackle them another day. But what if, like my lost key, it’s too late? Now we find ourselves in an urgent, and sometimes, expensive situation. (If you’re unfamiliar with Stephen Covey, this might be a time to learn about the 4 time management quadrants!) I’m reminded of the phrase “a stitch in time saves nine.”
Over the summer, I’ve been pondering different angles for a fall home organization blog series. I LOVE getting organized and decluttering in the fall. But what could I do that hasn’t already been done? What different kind of a spin could I put on fall organizing? Particularly for those of us who are ultra busy and may not have hours and hours to devote to scrubbing baseboards, decluttering the attic, and repainting the trim?
After many hours of pondering this is what I arrived at: I’m going to focus on those small, preventative tasks you can do that I hope, may save you some time, money, and headache down the future.
14 One-Hour Tasks
I know it’s ultra trendy for blogs to do a 30- or 31- day challenge. I’ve done those before myself, so no knock on that approach! However, the goal of this series is to help you tackle a few meaningful tasks that will bring order to your home and household. By not having a task for every day, you have a day (or two) to catch up if you get behind.
Here’s what this is going to look like. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday morning for the month of October, I’m going to give you a new task. Each of these tasks is going to be relatively small and focused. In fact, my hope is that any given task will take you an hour or less to complete. Again, the idea here is that these tasks should not be overly burdensome on top of your already busy day. The tasks that are slightly more involved and may require a bit more focus I’ll put on Saturdays, when you’re likely to be home from work. (But of course, you can shuffle these around to suit however fits your schedule!)
Here’s what this is not going to look like. These tasks won’t be overwhelming, demand Herculean effort, cost exorbitant amounts of money, or require great skill. There’s nothing more frustrating to start gung-ho on a new challenge or tasks only to lose energy or interest and give up. My goal here is to keep things simple, but have you feel motivated and proud of your progress!
Your first task will be up on the blog Monday, October 1st, by 9:00 am PST. I’ll break down the objective of the task and some ideas for how you might accomplish it. Every household and family is different, so feel free to modify the task to suit your needs.
Some of the tasks may involve having you pick up items at the store. You might find it handy to simply keep a running list of the items you may need to buy or gather on the fridge. Half of the task is just the awareness of what you need in your household now to prevent a problem later. Then, just buy them as your budget allows and/or you find a sale. Keep things simple and doable!
Finally, I want you to know that I’ll be doing these tasks along with you and I’m here to offer you encouragement! I truly am a regular gal that has a lot on her plate and am frequently juggling tasks around. I came up with this series idea first because I desperately needed it for my own household.
So… are you in? I’d love to hear from you if that is the case! Leave a comment below! And, I’d love to hear if you have thoughts or ideas about tasks that should definitely make the schedule. (There is always time for me to make some adjustments or additions!)