As someone who wants to keep your home and office organized, it’s your job to immediately identify when things are out of wack and some attention needs to be paid to those places that might be out of place or broken and then fix the situation. There are a few easy ways to do this:
- Create a "Closing Duties" or "Daily Chore Chart". It seems elementary to write out chores and end-of-day assignments, but these lists can be very beneficial for helping you avoid Organizational Demise. Before leaving the office or heading to bed, review your printed list of closing duties or daily chores to make sure all tasks were completed properly. If they weren’t, quickly do the chore or re-do it. Don’t leave work or go to bed with an essential task undone.
- Keep an easily accessible shopping list. Again, this is pretty basic, but having a grocery shopping checklist (such as the U Can Do It Grocery Shopping Checklist) can be a huge help in avoiding Demise. This list needs to be in a place where any of your family can effortlessly add to it (right when they notice something is running out or has broken. A pen or pencil needs to be kept in at this location for convenience. You then take the list with you when you go to the store or run errands.
- Having the right tools. If clothes end up on the floor of your bathroom, then you need to put a hamper in your bathroom. If clothes end up on the floor of your bedroom, you also need a hamper in your bedroom. If you want to shred junk mail by your front door and also shred sensitive documents in your home office, have a shredder by your front door and also a shredder in your office. Having multiples of something isn’t clutter if you actually need multiples of something to stay organized and keep from avoiding Organizational Demise.
Do you have receipts on the top of your bedroom dresser that accumulate? If you empty your pockets and just set the receipts down on the top of the dresser, within a week you can cause Organizational Demise. It’s amazing how something as small as receipts can cause complete disorder, but time and again they can become a culprit.
If, instead, you have the tools necessary to keep these simple types of clutter from accumulating, you will eliminate these problems.
At the end of the day, leave enough time to finish those tasks that can cause Organizational Demise and it will go a long way. Simply processing those little slips of paper, getting your dirty clothes into the hamper and all your other end-of-the day chores completed is the key to success.
So, what is your Organizational Demise? Can I help? Let me know.
Until then, have a great week!