This is such a simple tip that it almost feels silly to write an entire post about it as one of the best ways to get organized– but putting things away right away is also incredibly powerful. We undermine our own best efforts all of the time when we don't take the extra seconds (and I do mean… seconds) to put things away in the right place, the first time.
We all already KNOW to do this, right? But we can also attest to how HARD it is to actually follow this advice. Because we are TIRED when we get home from work, from running errands, from shuttling kids- and we don't want to bother with the extra effort to put things where they belong. It seems like too much trouble. And even if you manage to put your own things away- it's not like your kids and husband are putting things away…. so is it a lost cause?
I don't think so.
I think clutter and disorganization are about perceptions as well as realities. You can have your kitchen cleaned up from dinner, the laundry washed, folded, and put away- but if there is a pile of shoes next to the front door, and a stack of mail and bills on the hall table as well as your husband's socks on the floor- suddenly you start feeling disorganized. And truly- you did the harder stuff- the dinner clean up and the laundry- so it isn't fair that less than 5 minutes worth of work has that much power over your psyche. But we both know that if you take that 5 minutes to sort and put away the mail to throw the shoes into the proper shoe bin in the closet and to just pick up those nasty socks and put them in the hamper- that your whole outlook feels lighter and more together.
Crazy- yes. But it is true.
So try it for me… just today- dedicate today to creating the habit of just putting things away, where they belong, the first time. And see if it makes a noticeable difference in your life.
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So you tell me…. can creating this small habit change how organized you are at home?