Get the Summer Project Done!

Published Friday, August 17, 2012 7:33 PM

We know the beach beckons and your summer reads are calling you from the hammock. But the summer slowdown is the perfect time to squeeze in one of the organization projects that never seem to get done during the busy fall and winter months.

Summer has a few more weeks left, so time to get cracking. Come September, you'll be happy you did!

Getting Started

One and Done: Pick a project that will really and truly provide a sense of accomplishment. If you feel like you ought to clean your messy garage but would prefer to spend time sorting photos, go with the photos. Devote yourself to whatever project will provide the most gratification.

Limit Chaos: Ensure summer fun still stays on track by choosing projects in spaces that won't limit your ability to function. By tackling the spare room or attic first, you can use those newly organized spaces as a staging ground for future projects in high-traffic zones such as the kitchen or home office.

Bite-Sized Pieces: Plan carefully to make the project stress-free from start to finish. Plot out all steps: If you want to empty an attic, the first step might be tossing broken and outdated items, next, giving unneeded items to family members and then finally donating the rest to charity. Defining success before you dive in also helps you determine when a project is successfully completed.

Get Equipped: Carefully consider all your needs before launching a project and then stock up on needed tools. Filing projects require files, moving projects require boxes. Running out of hangers half-way through a closet reorg is as much fun as a rainy beach day.

Enlist Helpers: Many hands make for light work so enlist family and friends. Make the project fun (filing while listening to music!, garage cleaning with Popsicle breaks!) and you better your odds of getting helpers to pitch in.

Reward Yourself: Reward yourself for getting through your project and link your reward to your project if you can. Did you tame a cluttered guest room? Treat yourself to new throw pillows or a duvet cover. Did you tackle a mountain of paperwork? Reward yourself with new desk accessories. Print and frame all those family pictures? Host a BBQ to show off your new home décor.

Making August all about one major project betters your odds of getting it done. Who knows? The glow of accomplishment may even carry you through another project or two.

Do you have a major project in mind? What is the one area of the house you never seem to get to? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

 

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