Have you ever wondered why your house doesn’t stay in tip-top shape? Sure, you keep it clean but the trick is to keep things organized on a daily basis. It’s a cycle, and sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with. You wash the dishes, put them away, make dinner, take the dishes out again, and so on. You clean the counters, then the kids come home and homework and papers are tossed around, and then slowly a pile starts to accumulate of things that need to be dealt with later.
If you’re like most people, you have a lot of things, and those things get used and moved around constantly. So many times, they get moved around and left somewhere other than their home. Think about it. Where are the clutter drop zones in your home? These are the places where things get put down to deal with later…a counter, coffee table, bedside table.
Get a handle on dysfunctional drop zones:
- Checking the mail? Visit the trash and recycle bins on your way into the house. Throw away anything that you really don’t need, including envelopes and inserts. Organize the rest right when you get inside instead of procrastinating.
- Have a system- Set up an organizational area in your kitchen to keep track of homework, paperwork and bills.
- Start with a couple wall files. These will get paperwork off of your counter:
- Things to Do/File
- Baskets/bins- Keep a couple baskets handy and put misplaced items in them throughout the day. For families with young kids it’s worthwhile to have a basket for each child and corral toys and games that are brought out during play. Get the kids involved. Take a basket and put things away in their appropriate place once or twice a day. You’ll have less clutter and feel on top of things.
- Is your child’s bedroom floor a colossal drop-zone? Enforce a routine of picking up before bedtime and there will be less stress for everyone involved. Find a system that works and stick with it. Incorporate just a few of these handy organizational tips into your hectic life, and you will soon find that you can successfully manage your home and not feel overwhelmed with clutter and dysfunctional drop zones.
- Looking for more resources to help you get a handle on taking back those detrimental drop zones and on track to organize your life? Here are a few resources…