First of all, I know I’ve been absent from the blog for quite awhile – this is definitely the longest blogging break I’ve ever taken! Things have been super busy in my life, and I just needed a bit of time to decompress and get back on track, but I’m back and have plenty of great content planned for you! Today I want to start with some organizing tips. Keeping an organized home can be challenging, but implementing just a few simple habits can make it a lot easier! Here are a few to try!
Put Things Away As You Use Them
This one sounds simple enough, but how many of us actually practice it all the time? Yeah, not me. Instead of setting something aside and telling yourself you’ll put it away later, just take care of it right away. When you use a dish, put it in the dishwasher right away. That way you’re not stuck putting a whole sink full of dishes in later.
Make a To-Do List
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know I’m all about to-do lists. I have a lot going on between my full-time job, my blog, my home, and a social life, and keeping a to-do list just makes it so much easier to stay organized. If there’s a task I know needs to get done around the house, I make sure to add it to my to-do list so it doesn’t slip my mind by the time I get home. This to-do list notepad in my Etsy shop is my favorite to use!
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Multi-Task (When it Makes Sense)
I’m not always a fan of multitasking, but there is a right way to do it. First, you can pair mindless tasks like standing in line with more productive tasks like checking emails. You can also get small cleaning tasks done while you do things like wait for the oven to preheat or wait for the microwave to finish. Finally, you can get in productive tasks like folding laundry while you watch TV.
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The easiest way to keep clutter from piling up is to regularly declutter your space. Instead of clearing off the kitchen counters once per week, quickly put things away every night so you’re starting with a clean slate the next morning. Once you get in the habit of it, it will become second nature for you.
Have a System for Papers
We have a lot of papers coming into the house and if we don’t have a system in place, things tend to get out of hand quickly. Anytime mail or any other kind of paperwork comes into the house, it has a place to go so it doesn’t start to pile up. For some, this might mean scanning things and organizing them digitally. For others, it might mean a basket for important mail and a file cabinet for papers to keep long term.
One Project At a Time
I don’t know about you, but when I’m doing projects around the house, things tend to get much worse before they get better. Which means that when I don’t finish a project I’ve started, we’ve got a bit of a disaster zone on our hands. Don’t start a big project until you know for sure you’re ready to follow through on it, and then don’t start another project until you’ve finished the first one!
Know Your Trouble Spots
There are certain spots in my home (and I’m sure in yours as well) that just tend to accumulate clutter faster than others. I know what those areas are and make sure to pay special attention to keeping them cleaned up so the clutter doesn’t pile up. You might also think of what organizing systems you can put in place in those areas to make sure the clutter doesn’t accumulate in the future.