Since moving at the beginning of the year I have found my house to be always clean. It may or may not be driving my husband a little crazy. The strange thing is I spend less time cleaning than I did at the old house. A major part of that has to do with the fact that once in the new house I unpacked with a few organizational tips in mind. These have helped me tremendously to reclaim back some of my life from being a slave to my home. I hope they help you as well.
Have a place for everything
Each and every item in your house, car, garage etc. needs to have a place of its own. By having a set area where everything goes, you will create an environment where it’s easy to find things and maneuver around. It will also be less chaotic when things go wrong because you won’t need to search for things on top of already having a crisis.
Frequent items should go in easy places.
Items that are needed should be places in areas that are easy to get to. This will take away the frantic fumbling to find things. Your important items such as keys, purse, wallet, etc. should have a home near the door. Anything that you grab before heading out should be placed so that it is easy to find and it should always be put back in that place. This will make rushing out the door far easier.
Especially if you have children you should be going through your home every couple of months. It’s healthy to get rid of things that are no longer being used. You can choose to donate them, sell them, or give them to friends, whatever you feel is easiest for you. Keeping clutter out of your home will make life and organizing much easier.
The easiest way to stay organized is to make it a habit to do things. When you wake up, make your bed and do this every morning. It will start your day off positively. You should make a habit of putting things back where they belong, and each night reset your home; lay clothing out for the next day, set dishes out for breakfast, pre-prep lunches, and clean up toys and other clutter. Resetting your home at night makes it easy to rest at night and stay organized in the morning.
Make a to do list, and do it!
The biggest problem that most people have when it comes to staying organized is that they have too much to do and feel that they don’t have enough time to do it all. Make yourself a daily to do list, start out small and add to it each day as needed. Make sure that before you go to bed at night, you have everything on that list completed. Plan your time accordingly. A great way to do this is to create a weekly to do list, and then split it up into the 7 days to allow a decent amount of time to get each task done.