There is a Duke University study that found 40% of the decisions we make each day are habits. Good habits can keep you and your home organized!
Read what Jill has to say about organizing systems [habits]. Which one is the most challenging for you?
Establishing organizing systems is the most important part of the organizing process. Without systems in place, your space will quickly become disorganized again.
Organizing systems are routines and procedures you perform on a regular basis in order to maintain an organized home.
You may have some procedures already in place and not even realize it. For instance, you empty the dishwasher when it’s full, wash your clothing when you need clean socks and take out the trash on collection day.
After you have worked hard to organize an area of your home the next step is to put a system, or group of systems, into place to maintain the area’s organized state. I recommend the following systems.
1. Put things away after you use them
They will be much easier to find when you need them again and you will have less clutter. Less clutter means less chaos and confusion.
2. Label containers or shelves
Labeling allows you, and other members of the family, to quickly return things to their homes without having to think about where they go. Organization is all about making life easier and less stressful.
3. Make it a routine to pick up and put away stray items at the end of the day.
Involve your entire family. Pick up clothing, dirty dishes, shoes, toys and sort your mail. It will feel great to wake up and not have to face clutter.
4. Regularly purge excess items from your home.
Do this approximately once a quarter. Donate or sell the items. This will prevent you from outgrowing your space.
Simple routines will keep you organized for life! What simple routines do you have in place?