Happy 2017, right? This week has been so busy and although I have not been posting on here (sorry!), I have been doing a lot of things behind the scenes to be more productive for the rest of the year.

Going on vacation over the holidays gave me a refreshed perspective on time-- and how I spend it. Jumping back into the new year and hitting the ground running with exciting projects (stay tuned!!) for my blog and my Curran Creative clients was wonderful but for a minute there was a tad overwhelming. I went from having little to do poolside at Bacara to having a notepad FULL of my action items.

So what do I do when I feel overwhelmed? I smile. Yes, I smile. If I'm driving in my car, or walking to a meeting, and I start to feel overwhelmed I just force myself to smile. It instantly makes me feel better and then I laugh at myself for doing this and then I feel even better.

I wanted to share my tips for getting organized, things I like to do, and what some of my goals for 2017 organization-wise are. I have to add that growing up I was particularly organized and one of the biggest impediments to staying organized is time. Being busy with commuting, working, traveling, grad school, a relationship, friendship, life with a baby, life with a toddler, all make it difficult to stay organized.

Here are some thoughts:

  1. Smile. If you're overwhelmed and busy, just smile.
  2. Stock up. Be prepared for the month of January. Stock up on household items that you need to replenish after the holidays. The biggest time-eater for me is running to the store for last minute things- a tube of toothpaste, a roll of papertowels, etc. While I frequently do Amazon prime for household items, sometimes when the delivery is so large breaking down all of the boxes is a time-waster. So i went to Target and got EVERYTHING we needed around the house- soap, sponges, cleaners, etc. Hopefully I won't be making a last minute purchase for the rest of the month.
  3. Master your calendar. This is difficult for me and something I plan to work on in 2017. I always have last minute meetings popping up and being canceled, so it can be difficult to keep my calendar in order. I am searching for the perfect calendar app to stay organized.
  4. Being realistic about special events. One of my hardest things is being realistic about my week night time. I am VERY fortunate to be invited to events almost every night of the week. It's lovely to be invited and I have started saying I am a maybe until the night before when I will confirm. Between my schedule and Jesse's schedule it can be so hard to predict.
  5. Ask for help. One of my favorite mentors and friends told me that one of my greatest strengths is that I ask for help. Honestly, I didn't know that others find it hard to ask for help. Sit down and think about all of the things on your to-do list. Is there a friend or family member who can help? Solicit their help. If not, consider hiring a professional or student to do it for you. Jesse has taught me that spending my time on valuable things is the most important thing.
  6. Hook up your printer. Okay, this is a metaphor for others but definitely true for me. What is holding you back from doing a lot of those things on your to-do list? We unplugged our printer over the holidays to make way for holiday decorations and I had so many things that I needed to print in order to cross things off of my to-do list. Once I set the printer back up I was back in business: return labels printed, preschool applications printed and submitted, and other paperwork was done! It made me feel so productive and be able to tackle other things on my list.
  7. Clean out your inbox. Ha, you'd be surprised to know that I haven't been posting here because I have been spending my chunks of time unsubscribing to annoying email newsletters. After the holidays my inbox was FULL every morning with emails from brands. Cleaning it out each morning is a waste of time. It made a lot more sense to spend 30 minutes going through and unsubscribing so that I could wake up with a leaner inbox. Goodbye spam!
  8. Take on that big project.  Oh vey, if there is one thing that I have been avoiding the last couple of months it has been organizing my photos! That is on my to-do list for January. I have thousands of photos and I need to go through and organize them one Saturday for two hours. Find out what the one big project is for you and get to it!

Happy Cleaning!


Lifestylecaroline curran