This info is from All You magazine along with my two cents as well. This is to help develop new habits in order to prevent clutter buildup. I found these tips helpful becauselike I’ve said, it doesn’t come naturally. You don’t have to be a mom to feel like you’re pulled in every direction! Not only do I help myself in posting this info and hopefully you will find it helpful too.
1. Establish a routine. For example, when you enter your home, put you pocketbook in a designated place, your coat, y our keys, the dog leash, etc. Remind yourself until it becomes second nature. I know for me this is hard for everyone in our family, and if you have to take it to elementary level and write it on posterboard and post it near the door…then do that. That’s what we’ll be doing since we have a kindergartner in the house!
2. Reset. Every time you use something, put it back in its home. Sounds easy enough right. Think of this as “resetting”, so it’s ready the next time you want it.
3. See tasks through. Unfinished chores are a major factor in a disorganized home. (ok can we take the spotlight off of me please! lol) Laundry isn’t done until the clothes are folded, hung up and put away. ( ok really, the bright lights are too much! haha) Dishesaren’t done until they’ve been dried and placed back in the cupboard. The same is true for home-improvement projects. Don’t start a job unless you have the time and motivation to finish it. <—- that last line is key! Gotta have the time and motivation.
4. Cycle items in and out. If you bring something new into your home, something else can likely be thrown out or given away. This is a big issue in my house with toys. But I’m working on it! I know what I tell my daughter is that there are a lot of children who don’t have toys. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan is a prime example. That helps the process. Also when birthdays and Christmas come around, that’s a great time to get rid of some neglected toys.
5. Work one room at a time. Don’t organize by going back and forth between areas of your home. It will sap your energy and often result in half-finished projects.