You know how there are some people who just seem to have it all together?
Their houses are always neat and put together. Their cars are organized with bins in the trunk. They can pick what to wear from their closet easily because it is so neat and they know where everything is. And they know tonight what they are having for dinner tomorrow and already have all the ingredients.
And then there are the rest of us. We look at those women in awe and wonder how do they do it? Sometimes I just think their brains must be wired differently, lol. We try as hard as we can to be like them but to no avail.
Well, this post is for us, the rest of us. Hopefully you will find some pointers to help you reign in some of the chaos in your home!
1. Go electronic with as much as you possibly can. Cancel paper bills. Set up to pay all bills online. Even payees that aren’t set up for online payments can be sent a check with a click of a button through some bank’s online bill pay. I even paid my daughter’s ballet tuition and monthly barn rent for her horse with just a click of a button (once I set it up for the first time). This can keep you from being late on payments because the bills are piled up in a stack somewhere AND it can help eliminate or cut down on the paper clutter in your home.
Do as much electronic communication with your children’s teachers and coaches. This would help cut down on notices and calendars. For papers and mail that do come in the door, process them standing over a trash can or shredder. Keep only what you absolutely have to and put it in it’s given place immediately.
2. Give important things in your house a home. Place your purse in the same place. Put your keys on the same counter or in the same pocket in your purse. The remote always goes in the basket on the coffee table if it is not in someone’s hand. Electronic devices should have a home when not in use, either safely in the case or on charge. Shoes need a home, either by the entrance or in bedrooms. Take the time to give these things a permanent home and teach your family well. It will save you a lot of “MOM, where’s my shoes?”
3. Can it be easily put away? When considering organization and finding the right placement for items in your home, consider how easy it will be to put things away. You want to reduce the number of steps that it would take to put something away. This would make it more likely to be done. For instance, if you asked your children to remove their shoes and place them in a hanging bag on their closet door versus tossing shoes in a basket in the hall closet or even the bottom of their closet, which do you think is more likely to be done? Make it easy to put things away.
4. Location, location, location. When deciding what space something should occupy, consider how often it gets used. Your sponge, which gets used everyday, is in a container on the counter or under the sink. On the other hand, your crockpot, which gets used once every 2 weeks or so, goes in the bottom back kitchen cabinet, or an easy-to-reach shelf in the pantry. Your punch bowl and serving dishes only get used once or twice a year. They would need to either be in a far upper corner of the pantry, or maybe in the garage or utility room. Don’t give prime space to things you use rarely. If you find yourself constantly moving something out of the way to get to something you use often, put that thing up somewhere so it is not taking up valuable real estate.
5. Do what when? Decide what things need to be done daily, weekly, etc. Set up simple routines to accomplish those things. Put as much as you can on autopilot by creating chore charts for your kids and for yourself. That way you are not having to tie up precious brain power wondering if the dog got fed this morning. Routines are not meant to be restrictive, but give you a track to run on. Everyone needs to know what is expected of them. A routine and chore charts can help greatly.
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