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Owner of Organize My Space Calgary. A Trained Professional Organizer and Productivity Mastery Coach passionate about helping you become free from clutter and disorganization both at work and at home.

Jul 21

When Anything Was Possible

By Noreen Music | Book Writing

Welcome to my book writing journey

As I take you on my book writing journey, I will share excerpts of my rough drafts so you can get a sense of what I’m writing about.

One of the biggest challenges entrepreneurs face is the constant overwhelm and stress that seems to be a reality when you work for yourself.

For a moment, remember back when anything was possible and things weren't so hard. 

When you enter into the realm of possibility you will gain clarity on what work is vital to move the needle forward in your business based on your dream.

Polishing organizational and productivity skills in your physical and mental spaces lays the foundation to transform how you work so that you can enjoy greater results, freedom and success in your work and life. 

Enjoy my friends.

"Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."  -Howard Thurman

When Anything Was Possible

Do you dream of how you want your life and work to be? Can you clearly see where you’re going? Are you using your unique skills, talents and passions to get you where you want to go?

If you don’t have a dream and a clear vision for your work, focus first on dreaming, because an entrepreneur without a dream is like a heart without passion.

Think back to when you were a kid and anything was possible. Did you dream about what you would do? The life you would have, the clothes you would wear, the exciting things you would do?

In your child’s mind, dreaming the impossible was perfectly carried out without hesitation or complication. It was easy, effortless and you believed in your dreams with complete certainty. No dream, no matter how unrealistic or outrageous, was too big. Your child’s mind didn’t know any limits or boundaries. You were free to dream. You were bold enough to wish for what you wanted and what made your heart sing.

As time went on, you absorbed untrue messages that you saw and heard in the world which you eventually accepted as truth. These deceptions convinced you that your dreams were to be put aside. Dreaming is for kids. Dreams aren’t the cold hard truth of reality.

Who are you to dream so big and so bold?

You aren’t pretty enough, smart enough, lucky enough, worthy enough…just not enough in so many ways. And so your dreams were silenced as adulthood dawned and darkness fell over your childlike imaginings.

I understand.

I pushed my dreams aside too. I chose a career in commercial real estate because it fell into my lap and it paid the bills. I worked really hard, put my back into my living and did quite well for myself. I acquired a lot of wisdom, a respectable level of success and impressive accolades.

But, here’s the “but”.

Buried deep in my heart, under the polish and professionalism, I knew this was not my dream. I always felt like a square peg trying desperately to fit into a round hole. And I never really fit.

Eventually my zest for my career turned sour but I didn’t want to see or admit it. Even though I’d lost my passion for my work, I was doing what I thought I ”should” because of the money and the image.

Who steps away from all those years of hard work? The great salary? The benefits? The title? Not me, that’s for sure.

These next words are hard for me to write. It still causes me a great deal of pain and grief. It all started to unravel the day the man I reported too was terminated. He was an outstanding boss, mentor, supporter and he is still a dear friend to this day.

The politics and posturing seeping from the corner offices was more than he could bear and, after giving 25 years of his life to the company, they walked him out the door without even letting him say goodbye.

It broke my heart to witness how poorly they treated him. He didn't deserve to be dealt with so disrespectfully after all of his loyalty, kindness and hard work.

I also knew at that moment I was in trouble. The big guns were now pointing straight at me.

Regret that I ignored the writing on the wall still burns inside of me. I cried as I cleaned out his office. To add insult to injury, they expected me to do his job and my job for over 6 months while they took their time deciding if they were going to offer me the role or not.

I was the most qualified and deserving candidate by far. I gave the company my blood, sweat and bullets. I proved myself over and over again by achieving the highest level of standards and innovation across the country for almost 10 years.

One of the main issues was that I was born the wrong gender. I didn’t look like them. I would never be a middle aged white male in a navy blue suit and a red tie.

I remember walking into meetings with my sparkly jewellery and my hair and make up just so and be the only woman sitting at the table. I wasn’t invited to lunch with "the boys". They said snide things about me behind my back. My ideas and opinions were rarely heard.

These gentlemen made it quite clear to me that I was not accepted and no amount of hard work, stellar KPI's, solid financial returns or gloriously happy customers would change that.

Every day I suffered a thousand little paper cuts which set me apart and placed a target on my back.

Not living in my truth and pretending I was okay caused me to feel overwhelming fear and exhausting levels of stress. I became critical and prideful to cover how miserable I was. I saw the cracks appearing in the mortar of my accomplishments and there was nothing I could do to fix it.

I didn't know it then, but my deepest dream was trying desperately to break through the fractures.

When I was brutally fired from my job almost a year later, it was certainly in part because of the fear and denial that was becoming my character. Even though we can never be 100% sure of other's motives in these types of situations, I know my motives became a liability to me. I didn't deserve to be fired, but I chose to focus on the necessary life lessons I got out of it. I needed to learn to trust my gut and getting fired snapped me out of the trance I was in.

How could I have ignored the whispers? My intuition knew corporate life was not my highest and greatest good. Reason and lack of faith held me back from hearing the truth of my dream and choosing it before I was forced too.

I know now that the volume needed to get turned up so deafeningly loud that I could no longer pretend I didn’t hear my dream crying out to be realized.

From the ashes of my 30-year career was born my new life as an unexpected entrepreneur. It was staggeringly painful at the time. I was terrified, and I still am some days. I had no idea what I was going to do.

The only thing I knew for sure was that I wasn't going back into the corporate world where the air was thin and I couldn’t breathe. The dream buried in my heart demanded to be born and it needed more fertile soil to grow.

Out of my deepest pain and hardest challenge came the lightning bolt that sparked life into my dream.

To share what I know with creative, hard-working and inspired entrepreneurs like you. To decode powerful productivity practices so you no longer feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and stressed to your breaking point. To encourage you to create a laser focused vision for your work rooted in your heart's wildest dream.

Today as I write this, I have reframed that termination to a promotion. The end of my corporate chapter is where my entrepreneurial dream finally broke free and where anything is possible.

I Need Your Help!

I am looking for entrepreneurs who would like to contribute a story for my book.

If you are interested and have a story to tell about your greatest productivity challenge and how you overcame it, I’d love to hear from you!

Take the opportunity to possibly be featured in my book by clicking on this link and completing the quick submission form.

Book Contributor Submission Form

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Vision: Decide to Dream
Jul 13

Vision: Deciding to Dream

By Noreen Music | Book Writing

Welcome to my book writing journey

As I take you on my book writing journey, I will be sharing excerpts of my rough drafts so you can get a sense of what I’m writing about.

The first chapter is all about deciding to dream because an entrepreneur without a dream is like a heart without passion.

My vision for this book is to inspire entrepreneurs who are overwhelmed and frustrated with their current work practices and help them create clarity, focus, organization and productive flow quickly!

Enjoy my friends.

Deciding to Dream

How much do you dream about your future? Or are you too busy with ”all the things” to spend your precious time day-dreaming? Would you believe me if I told you we were created to dream?

Deciding to dream is the most important reason for your mind. It is your secret sauce that gets infused into your work and brings you maximum joy as you serve others.

Dreaming is as natural to the human condition as a newborn baby needing mothers milk. It is an intrinsic part of our make-up. It is embedded in our coding, our very DNA. Our minds and creative thoughts were not meant to live a box, staying confined and small. We were each born to discover our dreams.

You may think your dream is limited by time, money, resources, support, freedom….but it is not.

We all want happiness, abundance, comfort, wealth and success. All of this potential lives inside of you or you could not seek it to physically exist in your life.

Everything you need to become aware of your dream is already within you. The power to dream is yours. It is simply your choice to make.

As you focus on the treasure hidden in the marrow of your bones and bring your dreams into your conscience mind, this magically kicks off a spark of action in the place we cannot see.

When you dream, the doors of possibility are opened.

Decide today, in this very moment, to make your dream essential - like food and water. This will guarantee your progress towards your success as your dream will direct your planning. Tangible goals and action steps rooted in your deepest desire keep you on track when excitement and willpower fades.

The fact remains that you and every living soul were created to dream. Your dreams need you as much as you need them.

Turn your attention to your dreams and they will appear in material form.

I Need Your Help!

I am looking for entrepreneurs who would like to contribute a story for my book.

If you are interested and have a story to tell about your greatest productivity challenge and how you overcame it, I’d love to hear from you!

Take the opportunity to possibly be featured in my book by clicking on this link and completing the quick submission form.

Book Contributor Submission Form

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Eliminate Paper Clutter
Mar 18

Eliminate Paper Clutter

By Noreen Music | Organizing Resources

Eliminate Paper Clutter

A guideline for what to keep and what to toss

Piles of paper are one of the biggest causes of stress in our homes as there are so many different types and sources.

Think about all of your bills, your kids school, investments, taxes, legal stuff, vital documents, magazines, etc., etc., etc. It can be hard to know what to keep and what to toss in order to eliminate the paper clutter.

That is why I have created this handy guide. My mission is to help you declutter and get organized. Cleaning out your papers if a great place to start.

Gone are the days when you can just throw out or recycle documents. Be sure to shred all documents with your personal information on them. Do NOT throw them in the garbage or the recycle bin.

Always check with your accountant or other professional advisor for guidelines specific to you and any business you may be involved in. This guide is intended for basic home papers and there are always exceptions to every rule.

Eliminating Paper Clutter

How to eliminate paper clutter

For clearing papers set up 3 boxes:

  • 1 box for IMPORTANT & URGENT
  • 1 box for IMPORTANT but NOT URGENT
  • 1 box for NOT IMPORTANT (this should be your RECYLE/SHRED bin!)

Ask yourself as you are sorting:

  1. Does this item require action?
  2. Is this information recent enough to be useful?
  3. When was the last time I referred to this?
  4. Am I truly likely to need it again?
  5. Can it be sourced or retrieved from anywhere else?
  6. Is there a tax or legal reason why I should keep this?

Have a "DO IT" notepad handy so you can write tasks down to prevent you from getting side-tracked while you are cleaning up your papers.

How to keep your paper under control

Open your mail over the recycle bin.

Subscribe to receive electronic delivery of bills, statements, receipts and set up automatic bill payments.

Give your home office desk an inbox to funnel incoming paper into one manageable stack that you can deal with on a regular basis.

If you have records you need to store for a numbers of years, consider putting them in file boxes for storage. Label the boxes properly so you can find what you need easily. Make sure the papers inside the boxes are in file folders and labelled properly to make purging easy when the time comes.

Label files according to what you think of in your mind first so that it's easier to find the information in your files when you need it. Don't get overly complicated here. If it's too complicated or confusing, you won't keep it up.

Keeping on top of those piles of paper ensures you won't have to eliminate so much paper clutter.

Did you know...?

Approximately 80% of the papers we file, we NEVER look at again.

Most papers kept can be sourced online or from other sources if we really need them.

Fireproof/waterproof safes are an inexpensive way to ensure your vital documents are kept safe in case of fire or flood.

You can repurpose that old rolodex to keep a record of all your passwords.

Setting up a family command centre is a great way to keep your families paper organized. Here is a great article on Organizing Your Families Paper Clutter which includes how to set up a family command centre.

If you schedule 30 minutes in your calendar every week to deal with your paper (pay bills, fill out school forms, RSVP to events, etc.) your paper clutter will be kept to a minimum.

REQUEST YOUR "ELIMINATE PAPER CLUTTER" GUIDE!

* We will never share your contact information. Your Eliminating Paper Clutter Guide will be sent to the email address you provide us.

If you need help with eliminating your paper clutter, leave a comment in the box below or click here to book your free no-obligation 30-minute chat with me.

I will get back to you within 48 hours (or sooner!).

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Feb 11

The Pathway to M.O.R.E. Summit

By Noreen Music | Speaking & Events

The Pathway to M.O.R.E. Summit

Online Summit held on January 28-30, 2021

How to Get and Stay Organized at Home as a Busy Working Mom - Creating S.P.A.C.E.

On January 28, 2021 I presented one of my signature talks "How to Get and Stay Organized at Home as a Busy Working Mom - Creating S.P.A.C.E." at The Pathway to M.O.R.E. Summit.

I was honoured to kick off the conference on behalf of so many inspirational and interesting speakers.

I provided each participate with a valuable and fun free gift Organizing Clutter Quiz plus a VIP upgrade gift of Keeping Your Home Organized Through Every Season and a Virtual Home Organizing package valued at $375.

Request access to the video replay of the presentation by filling out the contact form below.

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

P.S. - Would you like me to speak at your next event or present to your team?

Fill out the above form with the details of your request and I will respond back to you within 48 hours (or sooner!).

5 Keys Talk
Jan 29

Leadership & Marketing Conference

By Noreen Music | Speaking & Events

Leadership & Marketing Conference

Online Conference held on January 4-7, 2021

5 Keys to Overcome Productivity Overwhelm: Decide. Design. Do

Leadership & Marketing Conference
Speaking Noreen

On January 6, 2021 I presented one of my signature talks "5 Keys to Overcome Productivity Overwhelm: Decide. Design. Do." at the 1st YYC Fempreneur Leadership & Marketing Conference held on January 4-7, 2021.

I was honoured to be a part of the conference organizing committee with so many amazing other Fempreneurs.

Join Us Fempreneurs!

The Leadership & Marketing Conference was featured on CTV Calgary Morning News on December 31, 2020.

CTV News

I provided each participate with a valuable free gift Productivity Mastery E-Book plus a free draw for an Elite One-to-One Productivity Mastery Program.

Request access to the video replay of the presentation by filling out the contact form below.

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

P.S. - Would you like me to speak at your next event or present to your team?

Fill out the above form with the details of your request and I will respond back to you within 48 hours (or sooner!).

You Are Not Alone Event
Jan 29

You Are Not Alone Event

By Noreen Music | Speaking & Events

You Are Not Alone Event

Online Event Held on December 19, 2020

Simple Organizing Methods: Break the Clutter-Depression-Anxiety Cycle

On December 19, 2020 I presented one of my signature talks called "Simple Organizing Methods: Break the Clutter-Depression-Anxiety Cycle" at the 3rd annual You Are Not Alone online event hosted by Scott Walker, Mental Stability Coach and founder of Tiaho.

Over 30 presenters came together to raise awareness of and reduce the stigma about mental health.

I provided each participate with a valuable free gift Keeping Your Home Organized Through Every Season plus 30-minutes in my calendar to help get started on their organizing journey.

Request access to the video replay of the presentation here!

Simple Organizing Methods: Break the Clutter-Depression-Anxiety Cycle

Enjoy!

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

P.S. - Would you like me to speak at your next event or present to your team?

Contact me by filling out the form below and I will respond back to you within 48 hours (or sooner!).

Productivity Mastery Program
Jan 24

The Pathway to Productivity Mastery

By Noreen Music | Offers & Discounts , Productivity

Productivity is never an accident.

It takes a smart strategy, a solid structure and simple tactics.

The pathway to increase your productivity is the Productivity Mastery Program.

The Pathway to Productivity Mastery

We created the Productivity Mastery Program just for you. It offers a roadmap to transform your chaos and overwhelm to calm and efficient productivity in your work. It creates confidence and space for more freedom.

The pathway to productivity mastery is based on logical, progressive steps that build in lockstep together. This is the strategy.

The framework is the practical containers you have access to for the rest of your life. This is the solid foundation that ensures you are productive for the long-term. The structure we have designed in the Productivity Mastery Program is chaos proof.

The tactics we offer are simple yet powerful routines, rhythms and practices that quickly become your life-changing habits. Once fully entrenched, these productivity practices are engrained into your day-to-day actions and activities so that you never struggle again. These are the stones that complete the productivity mastery pathway.

The design, the framework and the stepping stones you take down the productivity mastery pathway lead you to achieving your biggest dreams. Your greatest vision. Your big hairy audacious goals. Your amazing success.

By working smarter with laser focus, you will experience an increase in abundance and satisfaction with your accomplishments. You will experience more time with your loved ones. Freedom to live your passions, leave a legacy, or take your career to the next level. You will reduce debilitating stress and crushing overwhelm for good. You will be calm in the face in chaos.

Are you ready to transform how you work?

That sounds amazing right? It is.

But there are some people who are scared to start down this pathway. They are "comfortable" in their frustration and disorganization "comfort zone", even though it's clearly not working for them. They continue to lose opportunities, credibility and sleep.

But that's not you.

You are reading this for a reason. I know you are tired of doing things (or not doing things) that aren't working for you. Deep down you know there's a better way but you're not sure what that is. 

Until today.

Today you have the opportunity to choose the path of productivity mastery.

Noreen has put together such a well thought out step-by-step plan that really moved me forward.

Jessica, Solopreneur & Massage Therapist

Wow, I can’t say enough about this program! I’m a solopreneur, a busy mom and wear many different hats in life. Being a creative personality, without a lot of outside structure, I’ve often had many ideas, inspirations but struggled to manage my time and keep my life organized. It caused me a lot of stress and anxiety. I would work hard at everything but feel like I was getting nowhere. I was able to identify what my time wasters were, my best time of day for doing deep thinking work, how to take control of my time and how to plan out my bigger dreams and goals to bring them into reality. I feel way more focused, calm, organized and spacious. My desk which always had piles of messy papers on it is now clear, my email box stays at zero messages, I have a vision for my life that anchors all my decisions. I know what I have to do and have a plan for doing it. I can’t thank Noreen enough for this life changing program and would highly recommend it!

Pathway to Productivity Mastery

Here is the Productivity Mastery Program pathway.

It's an exciting journey.

All you need to get started is your willingness to take the first step and a bit of elbow grease along the way so you cross the finish line of greater success and freedom.

The payoff for you in time, money and freedom is soooooo worth it. No one ever regrets getting more organized and productive, I promise.

Pathway to Productivity Mastery

Download the Productivity Mastery Guide

Find out how you can start down the transformative productivity mastery pathway by downloading your FREE Productivity Mastery Guide.

Don't miss out on the journey that leads to your freedom.

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen


PS - Do you have a question for me? Are you excited to start on your Productivity Mastery Program journey?

Book my calendar and we can chat - no pressure. My passion is to help you find more freedom in your work, so let's see if we are a fit to work together.

Dec 04

Facility Calgary Interview with Noreen Music

By Noreen Music | About Me , Media & Interviews

Facility Calgary Interview with Noreen Music

On December 1, 2020 the latest edition of Facility Calgary was released including an interview with myself and Mark Kolke, Publisher.

You can read the full interview here.

Facility Calgary is a news, commentary & perspective - financing, deals - commercial real estate, infrastructure and oil & gas newsletter that has been published by Mark Kolke since July 1999.

Feel free to sign up to receive this in-depth and highly informative newsletter here.

Get to know more about me

The interview goes into detail about my family, commercial real estate career and Organize My Space Calgary so you can learn more about me.

I thought I would round out the article with a bit more about my work history so here goes!

My work history

I am an accomplished property management professional and I dedicated my entire 3-year career to the commercial real estate industry in Calgary, Alberta.

I successfully managed all types and classes of real estate including office, industrial, retail and residential on behalf of large institutional organizations such as O&Y Enterprise, Brookfield Properties, GWL Realty Advisors and Oxford Properties.

Customer service and sustainability

In my various management roles, I had a deep passion for customer service excellence, sustainability and master strategic planning. 

I am well known for my trailblazing programs and innovative projects with far reaching positive impact within the company itself but also the commercial real estate industry as whole. 

One example of this is the comprehensive waste and recycling program created at Centennial Place. It was the first of its kind in Calgary and across Oxfords portfolio and continues to set the bar today with a 92% diversion rate. This program is considered best in class by the City of Calgary and it won the Corporate Leadership award in 2017 from the Alberta Recycling Council.

Volunteerism

Volunteering and giving back has always been a must for me. I was the longest standing member of the BOMA Calgary Industry Standards and Recognition committee and I served as a committee member, vice-chair and chair for over 15 years.  


The ISR committee is responsible for updating the Certificate of Excellence/TOBY/Earth/Pinnacle award criteria at the local level, judging the local award entrants and the awards event itself.

I was also a national and international judge for the CEO/TOBY awards for over 10 years.

PS - This is where I met Mark Kolke many years ago!

Awards and recognition

2009 – Gulf Canada Square won both the local and national BOMA Earth award with unprecedented scores

2012 – Received Malcolm Bryce award from BOMA Calgary for volunteerism

2012 – Centennial Place won both the local and national COE/TOBY awards in its size category

2013 – Won inaugural Customer Service Award at Oxford Properties

2014 – Took Centennial Place from a LEED Gold Core & Shell certification to a LEED Platinum EB:OM – currently the only Platinum certified EB:OM building in Alberta

2017 – Centennial Place & Eau Claire Tower – Investment Deal of the Year with NAIOP

2017 – Centennial Place won the prestigious Corporate Leadership award from the Alberta Recycling Council.

Credentials and affiliations

  • Alberta Real Estate Associate license (parked)
  • Received Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation in 2015
  • Received Facilities Management Administrator (FMA) designation in 2018
  • Active Commissioner For Oaths in the Province of Alberta
  • Disney University graduate in Leadership Excellence, Innovation and Customer Service
  • BOMA Calgary
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
  • Building Owners and Managers Institute (BOMI)
  • Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA)
  • Real Estate Institute of Canada (REICA)
  • Professional Organizers of Canada (currently chair of National Nominating Committee) 

Okay that's enough about me!

If you need my help or have any questions for me regarding my residential organizing services or my Productivity Mastery Program, complete the contact form below and I will respond back to you within 24-48 hours.

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Closet Organizing
Dec 03

Step-by-Step Closet Organizing

By Noreen Music | Organizing Tips

An Organized Closet

A well organized closet is a dream.

It makes your morning routine so much easier. Your clothes stay in better shape because they're not all jammed in together. You wear more of what you own because you can actually see what you have.

Schedule time in your calendar to take a day and clean out your closet.

You will love it.

How to organize your closet step-by-step

  1. Pull everything out of your closet, dressers, armoires, wardrobes.
  2. Deep clean closet and inside of furniture/drawers.
  3. Sort all items by type.
  4. Keep only the clothes you love, actually wear, fit well and are in good repair.
  5. Declutter and organize your handbag/wallet collection.
  6. Anything you are not keeping goes into consign, donate, trash/recycle piles.
  7. Evaluate your closet storage organizing solutions – do you need a new closet system or just a few baskets, containers and hooks?
  8. Decide what to hang and what to fold. Dressier clothes want to be hung and casual clothes lend themselves more to being folded.
  9. Hang and arrange items (blouses, dresses, slacks, shirts, suits) from light to dark. Or put the color you wear the most at the front with the least worn color at the back. You can also hang clothes by type & within each type, organize by color.
  10. File fold casual clothes (t-shirts, shorts, sweaters, jeans, underthings, work out wear, etc.) and arrange from light to dark or most to least worn in your dresser drawers.
EXPERT TIP: Use slim, felted hangers to save a ton of space in your closet. Keep a set number of hangers to control volume.

Closet organizing tips

  • Put out of season items in storage. This helps not only with saving time and space but it’s also a great way to purge what you don’t wear. 
  • Out of season clothes can be stored in labelled bins under your bed or in a basement closet ready for the next season swap.
  • Use closet shelves for accessories such as handbags, hats, bags, belts, scarfs, nylons. Put each category in containers or shelf dividers that fit the space to keep everything neatly organized.
  • Use the vertical spaces above and below your closet rod.
  • Install hooks in hard to reach or unusable areas such as the wall behind the closet door for accessories (scarves, belts, hats, necklaces) that can be hung up.
  • Over the door organizers are also a great way to store off-season shoes or accessories.
  • If you have room, place a chest of drawers inside the closet.
  • Designate a spot where unwanted items can accumulate for donation when full.
  • Every time you put your laundry away, tidy and purge as you go to maintain your newly organized closet.

I hope you love your newly organized closet!

If you would like more tips on keeping your home organized, download our free guide:

Keeping Your Home Organized Through Every Season

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Evening Routine
Dec 03

Evening Routines to Keep You Organized

By Noreen Music | Organizing Tips

Evening routines will keep your busy life organized and more productive the next day.

Clean your kitchen as you cook

When you're finished cooking dinner and you sit down to eat, there should be very little left to clean up. 

Wash dishes as you go. Clean up spills on the countertops and stove as they happen. Put ingredients back into the fridge or pantry where they belong when you're finished with them.

This evening routine ensures that one of the main areas in your home will stay clean and organized at all times.

Do the dishes and shine the sink

It may seem like a small thing, but if you don't stay on top of the dirty dishes, they pile up fast. Plus they are harder to clean once they've been sitting there for a day or two.

There is great satisfaction knowing that your kitchen is clean at the end of the night. Your sink is empty and clean. The dishwasher is humming away. You can walk away feeling good about going for a walk or taking a bath or watching some TV or cracking open a good book. 

You won't ever feel guilty about leaving a mess behind or experience that awful feeling the next morning seeing a disaster.

As strange as it may be, a clean sink has a powerful effect on your mental state.

Try it and you'll see what I mean.

Prepare for dinner tomorrow

We've all been there. 

You come home from a long day at work and you have nothing planned for dinner. You're tired and you just don't have the mental capacity left to think about what to make for dinner.

Well, the kids have to eat so you look in the freezer and ask yourself "What am I going to do with the chicken?!"? Ugh. It's still frozen and you have no plan. 

So what do you do instead? Order in? Eat a bowl of cereal or a bag of chips? Or worse yet, you make nothing. Then you're starving 3 hours later, binge eat anything that isn't nailed down and have a crappy sleep because you feel sick.

I've done this too and it's not pretty.

What's the simple solution? Make it a routine to take the chicken out of the freezer while you're making dinner the night before. 

Having a plan increases the odds you will follow through.

Plus your wallet and your waist line will thank you!

Do one load of laundry

This evening routine is golden because who likes to face mountains of laundry on the weekend when you could be doing a billion other fun and relaxing things??

After you get home at the end of the day and you're changing out of your work clothes, fill one hamper.

Before you start making dinner, put the one load of laundry in the washer.

When dinner is almost done, put the laundry in the dryer.

Once dinner is done, fold and put away that ONE load of laundry.

Just think about what else you could do if you didn't have 5 loads of laundry to do on Saturday!

Small steps done consistently is the key to staying organized and on top of your household chores using these easy evening routines.

Tidy up before bed

Tidy up the common areas of your house before bed. Fold the blankets on couch, have the kids tidy up their toys, put any projects away you were working on.

Just a quick 5 minute tidy up is all you need because your kitchen is already clean!

Have a shut down ritual

Structured evening routines are good for you and good for your kids. 

As life gets crazy, you can all rely on the fact that some things stay the same. That being said, routines aren't meant to be rigid and inflexible but supportive and positive.

Do whatever helps you shut down to be ready for a restful and restorative night's sleep.

Read. Talk with a friend. Do yoga. Meditate. Take a quick shower. Journal.

Life happens so if your preferred routine doesn't happen, if you don't feel like it or maybe your kids need a bit more of your time and attention, that's perfectly okay.

Go to bed on time (on early!)

We all know by now how important sleep is.

Set your phone alarm to remind you when it's time for bed.

Resist the urge to watch that next episode of your favourite show. Don't keep scrolling through Instagram.

Your sleep, your health and how you function the next day is far more important.

Nightly habits are good for your kids.

Implement these suggested evening routines and you will appreciate the structure, confidence and improved focus it will give you and your entire family.

Teaching your kids to have an evening routine will actually help them cope with change as the structure is good for their mental health.

Set you and your kids up for success with these high-functioning and healthy household routines!

Learn more about organizing strategies for your kids.

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Noreen

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