If you’ve read my bio, you know I learned how to organize from my mother and grandmother. I’m going to give these two, lovely women credit for teaching me the importance of these “secrets.” As a child, I thought everyone did these things. Boy, was I surprised to find out our family habits weren’t universal!
I keep my house organized by doing four things before I go to bed. That way, I can start my day with everything in its place. It only takes me a few minutes to complete each thing on the list. You can start slowly, making just one a habit at first. Then, move to the next one.
- I wash the dishes. Why start your day with dirty dishes? If you have a dishwasher, wonderful. If you don’t, hand wash items and let them air dry. I put things away in the morning while my bread is toasting.
- I return items to where they belong. I do a quick (and I mean quick) sweep through my house and put things away. If you do this every night you don’t end up with a huge mess to clean up on Saturday or, worse yet, before guests come over.
- I clean out my purse. My purse is so big I’ve named her Gretchen. She takes up the passenger seat in my car and she needs her own chair when I go to a restaurant. She’s proud to say she’s a full-figured gal. If I go even a few days without cleaning her out she becomes unmanageable and cranky. It takes me about 60 seconds to pull out the receipts, trash, extra pens, tissues. You get the idea.
- I put things to go out by the door. If there are things that need to go to the garage, storage area, car, to a friend or family member, I put them by the door. This way, when I walk out in the morning I can take them to their proper place.
Bonus tip: Have a designated place for items you want to either give or return to friends/family. Preferably located by or in the car. Next best place is the coat closet. When I know I’m going to see someone, I put a sticky note on my front door reminding me to take it with me.
That’s it. Four simple habits to keep you organized. I recommend making this a family affair. Getting everyone in the habit of being organized is a huge gift to your family. Yes, they’ll grumble at first, but if you’re consistent it will become a habit everyone appreciates.
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