Do you remember the book “Everything I Ever Learned I Learned in Kindergarten?” For those of you not of my, um, decade, this was a book that said “most of what we really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be we learned in kindergarten.” Well, I can say the same about organizing. A mess was not allowed in our house. Heart surgery could have been performed on my bathroom floor, so clean and tidy was my childhood home. The best organizing advice I ever heard came from my mother: It’s just as easy to put something away where it belongs as where it doesn’t. BAM! Simple yet essential organizing advice.It's just as easy to put something away where it belongs as where it doesn't. Click To Tweet
Simple Yet Essential Organizing Advice
This seemingly innocuous sentence holds two gems:
- every item must have a home
- you must take the time to put items away in their home
Every Item Must Have a Home
From the lowly paper clip to your sweater collection, everything needs to have a place. If it doesn’t
- the space is not being used to it’s full potential
- there is too much stuff
And that’s the ugly truth of it. It’s natural for us to unconsciously allow our belongings to fill the space we have-and often beyond. But when every item has a home, oh the ease of knowing what you have, finding what you need!when every item has a home, oh the ease of knowing what you have, finding what you need! Click To Tweet
According to Newsweek, the average American spends 55 minutes each day looking for items in their homes. Yowza! I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t like to have an extra hour each day. Me, I’d read. Getting rid of clutter would eliminate 40% of the housework in an average home according to The National Soap and Detergent Association. Oh, never mind, you like cleaning, right? Ha!
Take The Time to Put Items Away
My mother gave me this simple yet essential sage advice because I was “a dribbler.” Apparently when I was small I would dribble my belongings when I came home from school. First the shoes, then the coat, then the backpack etc. I know. I know. And I even grew up to organize others as my day job.
So my mother trained me to take the extra few seconds to put my things away in their proper home. She trained me well and you can train yourself too. Because if you don’t have the few extra minutes each day to put things away, you may be overscheduled. And that is a bird of an entirely different feather.if you don't have the few extra minutes each day to put things away, you may be overscheduled. Click To Tweet
It’s As Simple As That
We can KonMari or join a decluttering challenge or use any number of other methods, but basically, they are all aimed at finding a place for all of our stuff.
It’s just as easy to put something away where it belongs as where it doesn’t.
What is the best organizing advice you ever received? Who gave you the advice? Share please!
Great Decluttering Books
Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul by Ruth Soukup
Let It Go: Downsizing Your Way to a Richer, Happier Life by Peter Walsh