What is the Sunday basket? It is the key to my organization as a Mom!
I cannot believe I have not shared with you my “Sunday basket”!
The Sunday Basket is an idea born out of a major mommy meltdown I had when my babies were babies.
Let me set the stage for you… My 2 year old was in the troughs of a horrible asthmatic period of his life which involved hospital trips.
His baby sister was a dream… but wanted mommy all the time.
My business was BOOMING. I had parties, recruits, trainings to conduct, workshops… and was working will OVER 40 hours a week on work.
What I didn’t have was a plan. I was putting out fires left and right. I was afraid I would miss something… and never know what I missed.
And to top it all off… my papers were completely unorganized! My piles had piles and I couldn’t find anything to save me soul!
So after the kids were in bed, I took all my papers into one room and sorted them in to 40! piles.
I developed a system of using slash pockets to corral all those little papers in to manageable chunks and tossed them all in my favorite medium market basket.
FINALLY I was able to pull one folder out and actually WORK instead of just pushing papers around! Can you relate?
After a few weeks I realized that I was still overwhelmed with the thought of leafing through 40 folders. So I created a SUNDAY basket.
Luckily for me I had a HUGE Longaberger addiction and had multiple medium market baskets.
That Sunday night, after all the kids were in bed, I took out all of my folders and sat on the floor with 2 baskets in from of me. One to do this week and One to “hold” anything I did not need to do until next Sunday.
I picked up each folder and asked myself. Does this NEED to be done before next Sunday?
This allowed me to put current projects I was working on aside for one week, but not lose the project! Everything was together in the slash pocket and accessible if I needed it.
Sunday is the one day I use to plan my next week. For you it may be Monday, or Friday, or you might not have a day. You need a day! For me it’s Sunday.
- I had ideas for an event in March, but it was January.
- I had pieces for a newsletter I was going to make in 10 days.
- I had school forms to fill out for the kids that were due in 2 weeks.
The key to the Sunday Basket is that you have to go through everything in the basket EVERY Sunday!
Sanity and Beauty!!
Ohhhhhh! The glory of baskets!! My husband no longer saw paper piles a mile high! I could grab an item from the “To Do” basket and get it done!!
Eventually I started sorting school papers and mail right into the Sunday Basket if it could wait until Sunday.
The Sunday Basket frees your mind from worrying that things will get done and allows you to focus your energy on what you need to get done.
Try it!! Leave a comment and let me know how you sort your mountain of paperwork!
Lisa Woodruff is a professional organizer, author and speaker. Over the past 15 years Lisa has created systems and encouraged hundreds of women as they have organized their time, home and businesses.
Lisa’s latest book, 10 Steps to Organized Paper, is a step by step tutorial to help busy women organize EVERY paper in their homes. Lisa’s unique classifications of paper into: active, reference and daily paper is revolutionizing how women manage their paper.
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