Are You Ready to Get Organized for the Weekend

posted by Aby Garvey on May 17, 2013 17 Comments

Happy Friday friends! How was you week? Hope you had a good one. I’d like to invite you to participate in Finish It Friday today…especially those of you who have been sitting on the sidelines. It really is a simple and effective way to have more fun and get more done. And it’s as simple as sharing your weekend to-do list in the comments, and then, sharing your updates on Monday. The “Fun” list is stuff you’re planning to do this weekend for fun, and the “Done” list is stuff you plan to get done…or if it’s a bigger project, it’s stuff you plan to make progress on this weekend. Are you ready to share? Here’s my list. Hope you’re inspired to share yours this week. :)  

checklist simplify 101Fun

  • Run 3-1/2 miles. Hopefully with Kailea. Check! It was hot and humid, but not too bad. Love running with my girl. So great.  
  • Organizing appointment. Check! Really fun project.

Done

  • Laundry. Check. I have one more load to go…and then we are caught up. 
  • Plan meals + grocery shop. Check! And thanks to Collin for filling in for me on the shopping piece of this. 
  • Project Life. More editing and printing (hopefully)…and some assembling, too. Yay! Check (ish.) I didn’t do any editing or printing, but I did spend quite a bit of time assembling. I really didn’t realize how far behind I was! I have a bit more assembling to do tonight…and then it’s back to editing and printing. (And tweaking my approach so this can move up to the fun category. ;) )
  • Wash reusable shopping bags. Check!
  • Clean out paper basket in kitchen. (Getting ready for summer – 2 days of school left!) Nope. Not yet. I will do this tonight. 
  • Update calendar with summer plans. Nope. Not yet. Again…I’ll do this tonight.
  • Trader Joe’s run. Check!

Okay…I think that is plenty to keep me busy because like last weekend, Saturday is pretty much spoken for. I hope you have a terrific weekend! I’m looking forward to seeing what’s on your weekend to-do list. Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for joining me again this week! I hope you had a fabulous weekend. :)

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and coaching program
  • May 17, 2013 at 9:52 am

    So interesting you put Project Life in your Done category and Organizing Appointment in the Fun category! :)

    I love having this weekly accountability challenge because it forces me to pause for a few minutes and make a list. I am so much more likely to get things done if I have a list. Most of my list is a carry over from last week. I have the beginnings of a sore throat so I’m hoping to take it easy over the weekend.

    FUN
    -Project Life
    -Creative Team Layouts for document life workshop
    -order stamps
    -family photo shoot if it doesn’t rain

    DONE
    -Pick a date for the Oregon trip. Seriously. this needs to happen.
    -draft/schedule blog posts
    -GS Donation letter
    -mail basket clean out
    -budget check in

    May 17, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I have a feeling PL will move back up to the fun category…once I get past Easter! :)

    May 20, 2013 at 10:13 am

    So my sore throat went away and summer weather beckoned and we spent time outside. So it was fun and I got more done.
    FUN
    -Project Life – CHECK – printed 8 weeks worth of photos at Costco and have to work on journaling throughout the week.
    -Creative Team Layouts for document life workshop CHECK
    -order stamps nope
    -family photo shoot if it doesn’t rain – nope it rained :(

    DONE
    -Pick a date for the Oregon trip. Seriously. this needs to happen. Half Check – looked at some dates and airfare for those dates.
    -draft/schedule blog posts – CHECK, super productive!
    -GS Donation letter – nope will do Wednesday morning.
    -mail basket clean out – CHECK
    -budget check in – CHECK

    • May 17, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Looks like it’ll be a rainy weekend here – a good time to catch up inside.

      FUN
      - Puzzle night with friends
      - See the new Star Trek Movie
      - Knitting time

      DONE
      - Laundry
      - Fresh sheets
      - Catch up on paper basket
      - General de-clutter in at least one room

      May 17, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Have a great weekend Steph! Nice to see you here. :)

      May 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      FUN
      - Puzzle night with friends – Check!
      - See the new Star Trek Movie – Check! I really enjoyed the movie.
      - Knitting time – No

      DONE
      - Laundry – Check!
      - Fresh sheets – Check! I love the feeling of fresh sheets.
      - Catch up on paper basket – Check! And I took the time to file, shred, or take action on everything, so no clutter was created. :)
      - General de-clutter in at least one room – I’m counting this as a check! I didn’t focus on one room as I had planned, but instead got some decluttering done in the worst spots in several different rooms.

      • May 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm

        Fun
        Knit night!

        Done
        Spread bark mulch on flower beds in the front & back yard
        put down weed blocker on the garden (and pull weeds)
        continue digging round river rock out of another flower bed
        laundry
        house cleaning

        hmm, I feel a bit unbalanced. not enough in the Fun category! (but I suppose that makes up for last week which had very little in the Done category…)

        May 20, 2013 at 7:50 am

        It’s a terrific approach to strive for balance over time…there’s definitely waves filled with more fun, and waves filled with more done. :) Hope you had a great weekend.
        ~ Aby

        May 22, 2013 at 6:13 pm

        hmm, I’m a bit late getting back to this. I forgot! oops.

        Fun
        Knit night! Done!
        Dinner with friends – Done! (unexpected add-on)

        Done
        Spread bark mulch on flower beds in the front & back yard -Done
        put down weed blocker on the garden (and pull weeds) – Done
        continue digging round river rock out of another flower bed – Done (okay, I did a 4 ft section but this is a work in progress and don’t expected it to get done quickly…)
        laundry – Done
        house cleaning – Done

        yay! a good weekend overall.

        • May 17, 2013 at 7:33 pm

          Happy Friday!

          FINISH:

          *Laundry
          *Clean kitchen
          *Pay a couple of bills
          *Change bed linens
          *Finish sorting through the kids’ clothes and put into donation + consignment boxes
          *Clean out email in-box
          *Meal plan, grocery list + shopping done

          FUN:

          *Family pizza + movie night
          *Saturday am soccer + little league games
          *Parade Saturday afternoon in my in-laws town followed by dinner at their house :)
          *Sunday pizza party for my son’s flag football team
          *Reading

          May 20, 2013 at 7:53 am

          Hope you had a great weekend!

          May 20, 2013 at 3:06 pm

          FINISH:

          *Laundry – DONE
          *Clean kitchen – DONE
          *Pay a couple of bills – DONE
          *Change bed linens – DONE
          *Finish sorting through the kids’ clothes and put into donation + consignment boxes – Didn’t get to this but am working on it this afternoon :)
          *Clean out email in-box – DONE
          *Meal plan, grocery list + shopping done – DONE

          FUN:

          *Family pizza + movie night – FUN!
          *Saturday am soccer + little league games – FUN
          *Parade Saturday afternoon in my in-laws town followed by dinner at their house – We had a great time and the rain held off :)
          *Sunday pizza party for my son’s flag football team – FUN
          *Reading – Yes, but would have loved a bit more time.

          • May 18, 2013 at 12:19 am

            This weekend seems a little heavy on the “fun” side. But I feel like I need it this weekend.

            Done:
            Grocery shop/Errands
            Laundry
            de-clutter scrapbook room

            Fun:
            Manicure
            Movie
            Hobby Lobby trip— (since I didn’t get to do it last weekend!)
            Scrapbook-PL style (Goal 6)

            Also—- I need to find a new storage/organization system for my scrapbooking memorabilia… any suggestions or sites I can visit for ideas?— (I guess this falls into both a fun and done category)

            May 18, 2013 at 12:13 pm

            Shanon – what kind of memorabilia? Stuff you intend to scrap or stuff you’re just saving? I use a simple basket to store my ephemera that I intend to use in my project life albums. You can see more info here on my blog:
            http://lifeonlakeland.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/project-life-organization/

            • May 19, 2013 at 11:34 pm

              Checking in a little early! Plans for the week changed last minute and I may not get a chance on Monday!

              Done:
              Grocery shop/Errands–CHECK
              Laundry– actually that’ll get done tomorrow. Mondays are always my laundry day.
              de-clutter scrapbook room—CHECK

              Fun:
              Manicure–CHECK
              Movie–CHECK
              Hobby Lobby trip— CHECK…. But they were already sold out of the PL kits that interested me! :-(
              Scrapbook-PL style (Goal 6)– CHECK

              Also—- I need to find a new storage/organization system for my scrapbooking memorabilia… any suggestions or sites I can visit for ideas?— (I guess this falls into both a fun and done category)— CHECK. Thanks Alissa for your suggestion. The memorabilia I am referring to is stuff I may want to scrap, but not stuff I will be using in the PL albums. (I have several scrapbooking projects going on but on only one of them am I using PL.) I think I figured out what my problem was with the system I was using and it wasn’t the storage container (I was using an accordion file) it was the way I had organized it and where I was storing it. So I went through and decluttered my file and re-organized my categories to match how I organize my photos. And then relocated the file to a more convenient location. There is still some indexing I want to do, but hopefully this way will turn out better for me!

              May 20, 2013 at 7:52 am

              Good for you for isolating if it was a storage problem or a categorization problem (organizing problem!)

              So sorry you weren’t able to get the PL kits you wanted. Hope they restock soon.

              Aby

              May 20, 2013 at 10:14 am

              Congrats on solving your problem! And super bummer they were out of you PL kits – nothing seems to be moving here in central Illinois. I am so addicted to PL kits!