Hello and welcome back to The Brown Parachute Club. Since this is the time of year when people start to think about getting organized, I thought this would be a good time to talk to you about a website I discovered a few years ago. The name of the website is Organized Home.
I discovered this website while looking for a Christmas Countdown Checklist. The website had a countdown checklist and so much more.
The website is the brainchild of Cynthia Ewer. According to her Google+ page, she has been “Helping folks get organized online since 1995”. That’s quite a track record in my book. I have always considered myself a pretty organized person, but I’ve got nothing on this lady.
Clean House: I know what you’re thinking, yuck. However she breaks it down by season, so it seems much more logical, at least to me. She even goes into getting your kids or grandkids involved. Plus, how to tackle cleaning out the refrigerator. Yuck, again!
Cut Clutter: This is something we all need to learn how to do. It covers everything from de-cluttering your closet, holiday clutter, room-by-room, creating a storage plan and much more. I know at our house, any flat surface can become “Clutter-Central”.
Getting Organized: Seems redundant to me, but whatever. Anyway, this is an excellent area that has articles on starting the New Year organized, kids rooms, yard sales, getting organized on a budget, moving, paper management (Thank God!), plus a lot more.
Kitchen Tips: Boy, do I need this one! This area covers all things kitchen. Party planning, setting up and organizing a pantry, menu planning, school lunches, organizing your refrigerator, and much more.
Family Ties: This section mainly deals with preparing for back-to-school and the routine of getting your kids out the door, fully prepared to take on the day. Since my sons are 27 and 24, this is not an issue for me anymore. However, some of you may be in charge of getting your grandkids moving in the morning. Lots of good advice here.
Seasonal Spin: This area groups together many of the previous articles by season. It’s easy to see all of the articles about New Year organization, spring cleaning, daylight savings time, back-to-school, family vacations and so on.
Printables: This category has calendars, meal planners, events and travel, health and safety, crafts and hobbies and so on. Each section has multiple documents that can be printed out and added to your to-do list. A really excellent resource.
And last, but by no means least, Organized Christmas and 101 Days to Christmas! These sections are so big, they have their own websites. These are indispensable tools in preparing for Christmas. This past Christmas, I resolved to really dig into the Organized Christmas website and implement the Christmas Countdown. There are so many terrific ideas and articles, it can become a little overwhelming. Tabs on the website include Christmas Countdown, Holiday Plans, Simplify Your Holidays, Gifts / Crafts, and (even more) Printables.
By following the Countdown Checklist, I was able to complete the majority of my Christmas Planning early and I actually enjoyed a RELAXED Christmas. I know what you’re thinking, “There is no such thing!” I beg to differ!
There are 2 Christmas Countdown plans. Regular and Crazy! Regular (Organized Christmas) starts on October 23rd and finishes up well before Christmas, so you can actually ENJOY the holiday, which is the whole point! Crazy is 101 Days to Christmas. This one starts on September 15th! I told you, CRAZY!! However, Christmas Eve is at our house this year, so I plan on going with CRAZY. 101 Days to Christmas has a Daily Message Index and Christmas Planner. I’ll wait until after Halloween to put up my Christmas Lights, I promise!
Unfortunately, I recently read that Cynthia Ewer is retiring from running the websites. Hopefully, she will hand over the reins to someone who has the same passion for organization that she does! If you want your own personal copy of the Organized Home website, get it in book form. Cut The Clutter is available on Amazon. I will definitely be ordering a copy.
I hope this article has inspired you to tackle your own “Mountain of Disorganization”. I know going over these websites in such great detail has inspired me to get my butt into gear! Happy Organizing and De-Cluttering!!!
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