Most of us have a desire to maintain organization in our homes. We strive to keep our homes de-cluttered and organized on a regular basis. Sometimes that is easier said than done.
Life gets busy. Items enter the home and don't get put where they belong. So, how, you ask, can I keep clutter in my home under control. The answer is having habits and routines that you follow consistently. Here are a few:
1. Make it easy. Complex routines that require more than three steps can be difficult to maintain. Create simple routines that are easy for you to manage. Be sure the system works for your current lifestyle. Sometimes it takes some trial and error to find the right solution. Some examples are to get up 30 minutes earlier to allow time to get things done; keep a donation box inside your closet, sort your mail on a daily basis. These are easy but productive ways to stay uncluttered.
2. Do it regularly. To maintain a clutter-free environment in your home, it requires an ongoing process. This is not "one and done". Add some time to your calendar on a regular basis for a specific amount of time (for example 30 minutes a day and 60 minutes on the weekend) to go through your home and put things away.
3. Do what's right for you. Be sure to incorporate the right strategies and tools that work for you. Don't do something just because it's popular. Use techniques that suit your personality. For example, you can use a notebook or perhaps a digital option to remind you to get things done. There is no right or wrong solution. The best solution is the one that works best for you!
4. Put it away not down. It is best to touch something once instead of over and over again. Put things away the first time instead of just laying them down. This will avoid you having to take additional time to put it away later. This will avoid clutter piling up and you will always know where to find something without having to search for it.
5. A place for everything and everything in it's place. I grew up hearing my grandmother saying this all the time. Be sure to have a home for everything. It is much easier to put things away when you have a place to store them. Put items where you tend to use them.
6. Be selective when making purchases. I always teach my client to purchase with intent. Purchases made without much thought have a greater chance of not being used. Attempt to plan out your purchases before you go to the store or order on line. (This applies to groceries, clothing, toys, etc.) Think about where you are going to put the item when you get home. (Other than the kitchen table.) If you are purchasing a piece of art work for your walls, do you have room on a wall to hang it? Do you already have 8 pair of black pants? Chances are you don't need another pair. The fewer things you have, the less you have to maintain and store!
These habits can sometimes be overwhelming until you can find balance in your home. If you are having some difficulty with this aspect of organizing, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am here to help.
Until next time, happy organizing!