Organizing Challenge Outdoor projects and “flexible project time” This week’s mini challenge is going to take you outside and must be done when it’s not raining, and when the ground isn’t too wet. Because of this, I wanted to mention something I call “flexible project time.” There are certain jobs inside and outside the house that must be done…and it’s good to have a list of these. When you do, if you’re planning to do an outdoor project and you wake up to rain, you can then choose an alternate project from your TO DO list. Flexibility is key to good organizing, especially when you doing the job at hand is dependent on something else…like the weather or another person for instance. This past weekend, I removed all the fallen twigs I could find from both my front lawn and back yard lawn. I then cut back the front yard perennials, removing any leaves that had fallen in between these plants this past fall. This took me a bit of time, but I was outside enjoying a nice day. I did not get to the perennials in the back yard, but will be doing those this Saturday, depending on the weather. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, I will be doing some basement organizing instead…flexible project time. Your mini challenge this week is cleaning up your outdoor quarters from this past fall and winter…or using your flexible project time for something else if the weather is wet. Do a little bit at a time, perhaps choosing one or two tasks each week. A few possibilities are: Removing fallen twigs from your lawn and/or plant beds Cutting back plants that you didn’t cut back last fall Cleaning out the birdbaths and feeders Inspecting and cleaning your outdoor deck/patio furniture Hosing down your deck, patio, and/or front porch Sweeping up leftover kitty litter that you may have used to prevent slips and falls this past winter Emptying the fuel from, cleaning, and storing the snow blower Putting away snow shovels and other winter tools Stowing outside holiday lights that may be tossed on a shelf in the garage…or maybe still on your house Replacing mulch in your plant beds    
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