Part of my de-cluttering exercise maybe, but sorting the house out will mean I have space and more time to do things I need to. Not only do things get done, you feel more motivated but there are additional benefits too …
I do like routines and they do, in fact, save time in and of themselves. Doing something without using energy thinking about it helps you focus on other things and plan ahead afterwards; it also means you develop an efficient, effective system for doing the job in hand over time so this is the ‘best way’ (hopefully!)
For example, When do you wash the dishes? I do mine in the morning, and although I start the pile again almost immediately I like the routine and even the cat awaits her breakfast until I’ve done it! It also gives me a daily sense of achievement and de-cluttering every day!
Other routines might be your:
- Trip to work or the school run. Which roads to avoid, short cuts and timing at the last minute maybe
- Laundry or cleaning day so it’s all done at once, saved up and managed for that time
- Shopping on the way home from work, picking up bits or one big shop at weekend
- Preparing for the next day – uniforms out, bags packed, lunches prepped and out the door on time next day!
Clothing clutter is one big headache in many a family I guess! Children and young people (or older ones!) leave coats out when they come in, shoes at the door or on the stairs, washing just dropped where it falls. But someone (yes, you?) has to collect it, sort it and tidy it all away. If we each do our own, it’s easier for all. Effort – little and often; arguments or nagging – peace; cleanliness – pleasant views! You can hang your coat up as soon as you come in, hang up clothes you take off or put them in the wash basket in your room (and take them to the central one for the weekly wash), put shoes away and keep them clean and looking good stored well! Easy peasy!
Work as you go – similar to the above with clothes tidying, wipe a surface, clean the shower after using it, sweep the floor when you notice the mess. It’s quick, easy, satisfying and lowers your stress levels doing it all at once!
Plan ahead. “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail” – a quote that I live by, naturally but I also know the benefits. Thinking ahead, looking at what will be needed and have you got it now or will need to sort it first? This goes for ANY event – regular ones where you can create and improve a list for it, or one off’s that you can use in other areas in future or have learned from past experience. Going away for the weekend to visit a loved one – clothes, train times, make up, weather, timing, workload etc. Or maybe it’s going on holiday – what do you need to take?
One way I plan this sort of thing is to start at my head and work down my body for the clothes and preparations I need – hair brush/straighteners or curler/shampoo & conditioner, moisturise and make up, lenses & liquid or glasses, toothbrush and paste, scarves or jewellery, cardigan or coat, tops and underwear, undies and bottoms (skirt, dress, trousers) for each event, shoes/boots/wellies and socks, gloves or nail polish, blister or other first aid if required e.g. festivals, camping, travelling.
It works for me. How can you plan your outings or events?
A place of it’s own. If you know where things belong, tidying is easier as is finding it again next time you need it! Belts on a hanger together, sweeping brush in the cupboard, tins on one shelf and packets another, central wash basket. Things like this, as with routines, avoid the need to use energy thinking and planning, and it ‘just happens’ unconsciously when you put things away or go to find them. If you start off logically where to put it, a system develops naturally over a short time and off you go!
De-cluttering of course helps all this – less stuff to put away or get out, less decision making on what to use or take or eat, less energy used, more time and energy for other things and people!
- Do you really (really!) need it?
- Do you have to hoard it or can you let it go now?
- Is it helping you now (even if it did in the past)?
- Is it being moved around regularly (then it needs it’s own place in or out of your home!)?
- Can you find it online instead of in the file or book?
I am a hoarder and I know it. I have shed a whole forest I think this last few weeks! Also, the amount of stationery I have could give the shops a run for their money, or start up a business fully! Clothes I clear regularly but have sent off for better use to charity shops now. My daughter however, has that joy yet to come – and in every room, cupboard or corner I find more and more … and more! Arrgh.
My dad’s voice in my head says to keep it ‘just in case’, “need not, want not” I think he said. And I repeat this to myself when I ‘store’ something away! I have just this week thrown out his toolbox I have had for years – he died when I was 15! It has come in handy sometimes, but not enough to warrant the screws, nails and tools I have gathered. I only threw out his wooden ladders a few months ago when they didn’t seem safe any longer … but I did use those a bit.
I will no longer store ‘just in case’, I wil now have to find information online and store books on my kindle – yet I cannot throw out ‘real books’ I have that mean a lot for one reason or another. I have some memories stored in with the things I keep, and I still want those. But how many photos are there? Assignments? Cards and gifts? Oh, no! Not more!