Do you have a New Year’s Resolution’s to clear your house of clutter? Does it seem like a daunting task to try and clean it all out?
I have written posts about this before, and the advice is the same as before. Take one room at a time. Clear everything out which isn’t essential. Clothes which no longer fit, toys your children don’t play with anymore.
Furthermore, don’t let clutter items into your house in the first place.
Sales Flyers, promotional coupons, junk mail..they all take up space in our homes and they take over our kitchen counters. Keep a recycle basket in the kitchen, and as soon as your bring the mail into the house, stop, look for the coupons you will actually use and put the rest in the recycle bin.
Use this from LifeHack.org list to help you get organized:
” Here are 8 steps to learn how to STAY ORGANIZED:
1. Watch your behavior to identify actions that contribute to the problem of being disorganized and commit to changing problem behaviors.
Common problem behaviors include: dropping, plopping (choosing couch potato mode before taking care of business), avoiding and procrastinating.
2. Identify specific places in your schedule for daily organizing activities.
Work and school schedules create a structure around which to arrange routine organizing tasks. For example, there is usually a small window in the morning before leaving for the day that can be used for loading the dishwasher, putting in a load of wash, and cleaning up breakfast dishes. And, there is a window in the evening upon returning home where mail can be processed, voice mail checked, etc. There is also another window before bedtime for a final pickup of clothes and other items used during the day. People who are retired or self-employed sometimes have difficulty staying organized because they don’t have the structure provided by work and school schedules. It is even more important for them to consciously commit to specific times for getting routine maintenance chores done.
3. Incorporate the most important organizing tasks into routines.
Routines create a structure within which specific activities can happen. Repeating routines over and over again will make actions automatic rather than dreaded daily events. A morning routine might include getting up, showering, hanging up wet towels, getting dressed, eating breakfast, cleaning up after breakfast, checking email, leaving for work/school. An evening routine might include putting away any items you bring into the house (groceries, shopping bags, etc.), processing mail, checking voice mail, making dinner, cleaning up after dinner, helping children with homework and cleaning up afterwards.
4. Reward yourself for changed behavior.
Commit to a new organizing behavior that you know will help you stay organized. Then repeat the behavior 21 days in a row. It takes repeating a new behavior 21 days in a row before it becomes a habit. Beware, you will resist new behaviors. You may have to start over again several times if you find yourself sliding back into old messy habits. When you reach the 21st day, reward yourself with something you enjoy, a special meal or purchase. Use email, TV or a phone call to a friend as a reward for finishing your evening chores.
5. Be willing to pay to get help if you haven’t been successful in your efforts to stay organized by a certain date.
Professional organizers and professional coaches can provide the structure necessary to hold you accountable to your goals to stay organized. (Admit it; you’d pay for help if you couldn’t get your car to start.
6. Hire others to do the things you hate the most and/or have the hardest time doing.
Consider paying for a cleaning service, a professional organizer, a person to pay your bills, a lawn service or a person to do your laundry/ironing. I pay to have my bills paid because I hate doing it, I’m prone to math errors and I want it done right. I also pay to have my house cleaned every two weeks. Again, I hate cleaning. And, it always gets done better than I’d do it. Having someone clean my house also gives me a deadline to pick up my house so I can get the most out of the cleaning!
7. Make staying organized a family commitment.
Invite family members to participate in the process of maintaining an organized, comfortable place to live. If you have a husband or wife, start with him/her. It is always easier to encourage children to participate if you and your spouse both consider staying organized a priority. Teach children early that picking up after themselves and participating in on-going organizing efforts is not optional; it is essential to having a rewarding, comfortable life.”
Did you see the part about hiring a cleaning service? We also help with organizing..Once things are properly organized, most people don’t want them to get messy again, so they are more likely to keep things up. Then a twice monthly cleaning will keep everything looking sharp.
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