A day is typically divided in 3 parts: 8 hours sleep, 8 hours work and 8 hours of other things. Have you never noticed that those 8 hours of "other things" are mainly dedicated to your household. Whether it's shopping for groceries, cleaning up or reorganising the kids room, you are ALWAYS busy in your home.
Why do you do that ? There are several reasons. First the social pressure. People will think of you differently if your home is not tidy and clean. Next reason is responsibility you might have towards the people you live with: your partner, your children or could even be roommates.
Last but not least there is a personal reason: it gives you ease of mind. A tidy environment gives you a sense of calm. At least that is what we see when we question people about it. (Take the survey here)
There are a 3 things you can immediately apply to have a more organised home.
1. One place, always
When you decide on a place for an item, keep it. More importantly, the item should be returned to the original position in a better state that you found it before.
Pff, I don't need to read this blog to know that. Oh, really? That is the number one reason homes are getting cluttered. Simply by the residents not returning stuff to where it should be. Imagine you take a towel, coming out of the shower, and you can put it straight again in the closet, dried and folded. Wouldn't that be amazing? Of course, but it doesn't work like that. You have to wash it first, dry it en fold it again.
The moment you put that towel on the floor instead of in a washing basket, you disturb the flow of that towel getting back into the closet.
It's more a state of mind than anything else. We can guarantee you that you can save hours per week by putting things back where they should be. Looking for keys, wallets and sunglasses are surprisingly time consuming.
How do you start doing this? One magic word: discipline. Without exception you put it back in the same spot.
"Hey, but what if my roommates don't?" Fair point. Do it for them. Yes, put in the work and after a few days, they will get so spoiled by always finding their things that they will do the same.
2. Work room per room
Admiral McRaven of the US Navy explains in his book 'Make your bed' that a simple act of completing something at the start of the day will get you in a mood to complete other things.
3. It's a job
There are private chauffeurs and there are professional chefs. Yes, two things you can do as well: driving and cooking. As with these professions, cleaning up is a profession.
What is the difference between a professional and you, the amateur in cleaning up? The training. The techniques you can learn. We can show you for example a great way to reorganise your cupboard so you will never find a box of rice outdated for 2 years. Just because you never reach in the back for such a long time.
If you focus on the professional techniques of running your home for just a short while, it wil benefit you for the rest of your life.