…don’t put it down, put it away.
When asked “what is the secret to being organized?” my answer is always the same. Time management and follow through. Two things that are increasingly more difficult to do, what with our electronic distractions and over-booked schedules. It’s truly a wonder we get anything done at all. But if we slow down, prioritize, and make the decision to put away what we use, the relationship we have with our homes will be a happy one.
Take a shirt off the hanger to try it on? Put it back. Not on your bed, chair or floor, back on the hanger. I promise you won’t be late for work.
Your kids pulled out toys or games to play with? Have them put them away before moving onto the next activity. Organization is learned, not inherited.
Baking your friend a birthday cake? Put away the ingredients as you go. The kitchen counter is not a pantry.
Ultimately, it comes down to this. The time it takes to put something away after use, is half the time that you will need to put it away once your home has become cluttered and disorganized. It’s a math equation. There is no going around it, no short cut, no looking in the back of the book for answers. So do yourself a favor, stop reading this blog and go put something away.