Operation: Organization


My summer was filled with countless calls of “Moooooommmmm", approximately 12,562 shouts to “Look at me!!!” (times 2), 360 handstands in the pool, 120 loads of towels, and snacks upon snacks. And suddenly, just like that - it's back to school time.

My emotions are all over the place about it. Having no schedule was super nice. We really had a relaxed, carefree summer. We stayed up later than during the school year and slept in much later than usual. This is the first summer my 6-year old isn’t up at the crack of dawn crowing with the roosters. It’s a game changer waking up after 8am! What I loved most about it is that we really got to hang. We ate breakfast each morning without rushing out the door. We sat poolside for lunch, listening to music. Dinner was cooked outdoors on the grill most nights with no rush to get in for the nightly routine that comes with the school year. With no schedule comes less combat and some more good ole’ quality time.

With the start of the school year, my dreams of becoming a minimalist may just become a reality. I plan on taking on Operation: Organization! I'll be bagging and tossing (and I’m not asking!). I’m using my own judgment on what goes and what stays.

I need order to get back into this scheduled lifestyle. An organized life must be so less... chaotic. I’ve always wanted to be organized, I just think I lack the gene for it.

I have a loose cleaning schedule that I try to stick with to help lessen the load. I always do sheets on Monday. Tuesdays - windows & blinds. Wednesdays - floors. Thursday - kitchen. Friday - dust (the kids just started this as a chore).

I wipe down the bathroom sink & toilet daily. I spray the tub/shower every other day while showering. I also do a load of laundry and the dishwasher daily. Having this plan helps even with my ever-changing work schedule.

Using my cleaning method, I’ve constructed a non-overwhelming plan to get my house organized. Instead of having high expectations for myself, I’m going to break down tasks into simpler ones. I can still keep my daily schedule whether I work that day or not. Since my kids started school on a Thursday, I’m giving myself 2 days to chill ALONE!!!! I did a walk on the boardwalk this morning and breakfast with a friend. And I’m actually out in my backyard writing this poolside with nothing but peace and quiet!

Operation organization: Week 1

Monday: Go through toys in Chloe’s room. Bag up anything donate-able. Throw away anything broke or with missing pieces.

Tuesday: Go through Max’s toys. Bag up anything donate-able. Throw away anything broke or with missing pieces.

Wednesday: Go through living room toy bins. Do the same as in rooms.

Thursday: Clean out dining room hutch cabinets. Bag up anything that can go.

Friday: Clean out living room media cabinet. Place movies the kids no longer watch in a bin for the attic.

Saturday: Clean up kids art center.

Sunday: Clean up kitchen closet - I store backpacks there overnight/weekends.

Operation organization: Week 2

Monday: Chloe’s dresser drawers. Bag up clothes that no longer fit. Refold clothing by season.

Tuesday: Chloe’s closet. Bag up clothes that no longer fit. Organize clothes by season.

Wednesday: Max’s drawers. Bag up clothes that no longer fit. Refold clothing by season.

Thursday: Max’s closet. Bag up clothes that no longer fit. Organize clothes by season.

Friday: Bathroom closet. Take everything out, reorganize, put back what stays.

Saturday: Bathroom medicine cabinet.

Sunday: Lazy Susan kitchen cabinet.

Operation organization: Week 3

Monday: Kitchen cabinets (upper)

Tuesday: Kitchen cabinets (lower)

Wednesday: Kitchen island cabinets

Thursday: Freezer

Friday: Fridge

Saturday: Go through books that the kids have outgrown and pack up to donate

Sunday: Organize gym clothes drawer


Organization to me means less craziness. I need some Zen in my life! I hope to make this a lifestyle, not just a trial run. Along with the cleaning and organizing, I’ve also incorporated meal planning and it’s been beneficial for my mental well being. I feel so prepared at night - especially days that I’m home and dinner is prepped during the day. My weekdays will flow much more smoothly with our dinners planned. I’m looking forward to not spending my time searching for things in the house. Once I’m done, everything will have a place. I will update you guys on my progress in my next post.

Anyone wanna get in on this with me? We can share our progress in the comments!


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Author: Tara Lotufo

Tara lives in New York with her husband David and children, Chloe and Max. Being a New Yorker can be difficult come winter, so Tara spends a lot of time in the kitchen with her kids, who have become her little sous chefs. They enjoy mixing and measuring, pouring and prepping, and eating! They’re her inspiration for creative meals and the reason she’s such a happy mommy. Tara blogs about food, cooking and all things delicious.

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