There is one word that is the culprit of an unorganized house and that is the word LATER. Our well meaning intentions to of getting to things later fills our house with clutter and what could have been an easy job no longer is. We’ve been taught to do things right away, so why is this easier said than done? What is keeping us from being organized? Distractions and forgetfulness are at the helm!
I find if I do it right away, it gets done and I don’t forget about it. We have many things pulling for our attention such our jobs, our families, our hobbies etc. We can put first things first without letting neglecting families. In fact when we are organized and do things now rather than later, we allow ourselves less stress and more quality time with our loved ones. Who wouldn’t want that?
The natural state of things in our world is chaos. In order to stay organized, it takes a conscience effort to put things in their proper place after each and every use. It takes practice, but like with everything in life we must stay the course if we want to be successful. It does get easier I promise because with enough time and effort, these tips below will become second nature.
Here are some tips to help you get back your house and get back your life…
1. Let everything have its proper place.
We can’t put things away and stay organized if something doesn’t have a designated place. Bins, filing systems for papers etc will greatly reduce the clutter your are experiencing
2.If you don’t need it or are done with it, throw it away.
From wrappers from lunch to an old printer just sitting in your home office that doesn’t work anymore, there are lots of things that are still in your home that is taking up space and making you cluttered. You will find if you have less in your home to clean, the easier it will be to maintain
3.Later = Never
Well meaning intentions to “get to it later” makes the task often time forgotten and therefore not dealt with. Imagine a house full of “laters” and you know what you are in for…a long weekend of cleaning. No Fun!
4.Projects Should Be Completed with a Plan and a Set a Time Limit
Because cleaning projects can be daunting and at times we don’t know where to begin, it can make it overwhelming to the point we are intimidated to tackle it; so always have a plan. Take out a piece of paper and write out step by step what you are working on first. This way you can stay on task and do first things first. I only allow myself 30-60 mins for projects so that I don’t get too tired or overwhelmed. This helps me stay focused and get it done knowing I only have 60 mins. I also like to check off each task as I go so I feel accomplished. This makes you feel rewarded even if there is still stuff left undone.
5.Accept that getting organized and staying organized is a process
Rome wasn’t built in a day and your house won’t be immaculate overnight. Encourage your family to pick up after themselves. Majority of messes in homes are created by dirty dishes, bathrooms and clothes on the floor. Team work makes for less work and more family bonding time. Your children might start talking about problems they are having with friends or school spending time with you doing the dishes. You will cherish that time. Cleaning and quality time can go hand in hand.
Find one room to clean and work really hard at keeping that room clean. Follow all the tips as described and gradually add a room. This way you have time to master skills before you take on more.
Again, You can do anything you WANT to do. I don’t like cleaning, but I like a clean house so I do what needs to be done to get what I want. Anything worthwhile in life takes work, patience, and a plan.