Below are the TOP 4 Simple Rules to Staying Organized. It is quick and easy for the whole family to follow.
I suggest you print them off and put them on the fridge. Hopefully there is room on your fridge to showcase these. If not, well that is a whole other newsletter!
Rule #1 If you take it out put it back.
How many of you live with teenagers? Do they ever leave the milk jug on the kitchen counter? This rule will help them to get that jug back in the fridge…hopefully!
Do you have a place for your scissors? Are they always there when you need them? This rule will help your family members to get the scissors back in the right place once they are finished using them.
Rule#2 If you open it close it.
How many times have you bumped your head on an open kitchen cabinet door? How many times have you tripped on an open drawer?
I travel with a very good girlfriend of mine. I love her to pieces however she has a habit of leaving her clothes drawer open. This is a real hazard especially in a hotel room. Just make it a habit of closing anything you open.
Rule#3 If you throw it down pick it up.
How many towels are lying on your bathroom floor? How many pairs of dirty socks are lying on your kid’s floor?
Getting into the habit of picking up items makes for a much neater, organized home. Once your place is organized it simply takes a few minutes at the end of each day to go around and pick the items up.
Unfortunately not all family members are going to follow these rules. I wish I had a magic wand to grant you this wish. With time they will start to follow your lead. You need to be the one to set the example.
That all being said I take a few minutes at the end of each day and pick up the odd coffee mug laying around or the newspaper.
Rule#4 If you take it off hang it up.
“If you don’t do it right the first time when will you have time to do it again?” I love this saying.
A perfect example of this is when you get home and just toss your coat on the chair.
When will you get back to hanging it up?
If you simply hung it up as soon as you took it off you would not need to worry about it again that day. It takes mere seconds to do it right, once.
When you get undressed for the night simply hang up your clothes. Trust me, by the end of the week you will not feel like hanging up 7 days worth of clothes. Not to mention they would be all wrinkled.
I hope your family finds these 4 simple rules useful and joyfully follows them.
Please share your comments below on how your household did with these tips, I would love to hear from you!
Here’s to a clutter-free home!