I would not say I am A.D.D. about my house being picked up but I will say that when I get stressed I straighten my house and organize things. BUT!!!! Even if you are not this way you can make it a habit to have a straitened home.
I do not want you to click off and say forget it, I am not like her so I can’t do it. You can have a clutter-free home too. If YOU are the one who wants it for yourself.
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I can not be the one to say get up and straighten your house YOU have to want it. Ok, enough said let’s do this sister.
Clear the Clutter
Before you can organize all the stuff you have to get rid of what you don’t need.
You don’t need all of the stuff you think you do. You will also notice that once you have less and are not feeling overwhelmed by all of the stuff. You will enjoy what you do have more.
12 Month Rule
If it has not been used recently it goes. There is a reason you have not grabbed whatever it is in the past 12 months. Either you don’t love it or there is no need for it.
Throw out all unnecessary paper and mail
Paper is a huge issue in a lot of homes. Unless your mail comes to the front door sort the mail as you walk back to your house and throw the junk mail in the trash before you even get in the house.
One thing I see so many women do is they will say something like “I need to clean my house” Or “my house is a wreck”. Maybe that is true, but if you feel like your entire house is in shambles you will overwhelm yourself and won’t do it.
Don’t start with the goal if getting your whole home picked up. Start with one room. Or if one room is terrible and even that overwhelms you start with one corner of that room.
Start with clearing the table. Or one end of the table. I don’t care how small of an area you have to start with. Just do it.
Pare Down To A Clutter Free Home
It is possible to have too much of a good thing. If you have 5 of the same thing or 5 tools that do the same thing, sell them. Or find someone who needs them. If you have to much stuff for “maybe someday” You will eventually have so much stuff that you can find that thing when someday comes around.
Pick Up Often
This is KEY, there are so many little moments when you can straiten or pick up around your house.
When you are walking back to a room take something out of the room you are in.
Waiting for your food to warm up for lunch? Use that two minutes to put a few things in the dishwasher or straighten a room nearby.
If you need a more structured time because you won’t think about it throughout the day. Then straighten the house before bed. Or every morning when you first get up.
Don’t Drag Your Feet
This is going to be tough love right here. You are wasting time the more you fuss and whine about getting the thing done. Avoiding or fussing about that thing makes you physically drained and tired making it even worse for you. Then if you just did the thing.
So seriously I love you and here is a virtual hug. But stop fussing and just do the thing.
Use Every Moment
Laundry and dishes are always being washed every A.M. If there is enough for a load. Make sure everything that can do something for you is working while you are doing other things.
People make a big deal out of laundry but honestly if you keep the washer and dryer running all day and even have 5-10 loads to fold at the end of the day. That will take you 20 minutes tops. If you have that much laundry every week then you probably have kids in your home who can also help with those things.
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Do What Works For You
When it comes to home organization people often try to do what others are doing rather than taking a step back and asking what do they need.
What do YOU need to make your home feel organized? Is it a certain area that is frustrating you the most? Find something simple that makes your life easier. The more complicated systems do not mean they work better. Most times people are more likely to stick to a system that works well with their mind.
You don’t have to be a minimalist to have a neat home. You can have less without going so far that you don’t have much of anything.
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