Tips for Reigning in the Chaos by Legacy Creative Co.
Danielle and I go way back. We knew each other pre-kids which seems like forever ago!
Danielle is an active duty sailor and I was extremely happy when I found out she came down on orders to Hawaii. She has a real gift for organization and has steered her family through some very challenging times that included work/school/kids.
Her goal with her new venture is one that is close to my heart, that of helping small businesses and busy women achieve goals. Be sure to check out her website LegacyCreativeCo.com where she posts tips and writes about organization. She is also a fun follow on Instagram (@LegacyCreativeCo). Without further adieu, Danielle's tips:
I am the proud wife to Lucas and mama to two adorable kids, ages 3 and 1. I am the owner of Legacy Creative Co., a company designed to enable small businesses and busy women to be best they can be.
I see my house as the heart of the business operation, and since my business is run out of my house, if it is not tidy and organized it equals trouble for this girl. Staying organized is all about the time and effort you put into the initial job. Organization is an investment in your future that pays off double what you put into it.
We moved to the Island of Oahu seven months ago and I feel like I’m still finding places for everything in our tiny house. Between picking up cheerios off the floor with my two kids, making sure the toys stay in the living room and keeping the kids happy, here are a few ways I have found to make my house a happy and successful house and business:
- Food lists and menus. This is huge! My family loves to eat. A few years ago I started making weekly menus and corresponding shopping lists. I have continued to do this with various levels of triumph. With being a full time working mama, a small business owner getting her company going and having a husband going to school full time, having a visual plan for food is great! I pick an afternoon, usually Thursday so I’m ready for weekend shopping. I write a plan from Sunday to Saturday of meals and if I’m feeling really inspired and adventurous, I do two weeks at a time. I leave out breakfast but that’s just because that meal usually doesn’t change.
If I need a grocery item I write it down. There are so many websites with food ideas and Pintrest, it’s easier than ever before to try new things. It’s important to stick with the menu too, even if something else sounds really good. This saves time and money.
- Decide boundaries. If you are running your business from home, limit distractions by kids, spouses, friends and social media. Make a verbal agreement with those in your house that you are going to a specific room and you don’t want to be interrupted unless it’s extremely important. This helps maintain focus and limits your tendency to have mind wandering.
The next part of boundaries is all self-control – friends and social media. If you get a lot of texts, you can keep a list of those you need to write back once you are done working, or you can leave your phone on silent or in the other room. It’s very easy for me to check Instagram to see new pictures while I’m working so I’ve had to make a conscious choice to ignore my phone by telling myself ‘this is my work time, I’ll have other time later.’
- Daily/weekly cleaning. If you are lucky enough to have an on call cleaning service, you are blessed! I however do not. Something I’ve learned from my sister is to have daily and weekly chores. We have to sweep and mop daily in the dining room to keep away hungry ants and cockroaches. Other chores can be done on a weekly rotation. For example, laundry on Tuesday, floors on Wednesday, sinks on Sunday. You know when you have the most time. By spreading these chores out, you have a clean sanctuary for work and play without three hours of cleaning on Saturday morning when you could be at the zoo, the beach or the farmer’s market.
- Everything has a place. Keep your papers organized either in a binder, on the computer, a file cabinet or in folders. I find that so much time is wasted when I can’t find that one slip of paper I need. This is also where you can buy colorful paper, boxes and flippy tabs that add color coordination. If you categorize by color, it will be easier, save time and stress. Fun paper and stickys are nice too!
- Teamwork. My husband is an amazing teammate. He helps 100% in taking care of the kids, cleaning the floors and the kitchen and he is in charge of the laundry. I could not do what I do or have sanity without him. Your teammate doesn’t have to be a spouse, it could be that best friend you call when you are so overwhelmed you don’t know what to do and they come running. Or, if you are blessed to have extended family live close, you have a built in football or 5 on 5 team. I am eagerly awaiting the chance to live close to my biggest fan base in Wisconsin. Your teammate can help you clean, watch your kids (because sometimes that’s all you really need), lend a listening ear and offer support. In organizing my business, I’ve leaned heavily on my team to bounce ideas off. This is a helpful time management exercise so I don’t waste time on writing something that doesn’t make sense. One thing I would suggest is that your teammate is honest with you. Things are better together and organizing a business and a home is no different.
Thank you Danielle!!
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