How to Stop Clutter Before it Gets a Chance to Grow
Everyone needs a starting point. Here is a list of things you can begin with to start and continue the process of becoming organized. The main point with becoming organized is to stop being disorganized right now and turn a new leaf.
* When the house gets too messy, do a ’10-minute tidy,’ where everyone in the family drops what they are doing and cleans for ten minutes.
* Divide your house into sections and then spend five minutes in each of those areas when the house is in disarray. Use a timer to keep you on track.
* To minimize the amount of time spent on errands, keep a running list of what tasks need to be done, then try to do them just one day a week.
* Prioritize what is bothering you the most. Once you have a list, you can go from there and figure out what to do first.
* Assign chores with job descriptions and alternate them among children each week. For example, one child can be assistant cook one week, and part of the clean up crew the next.
* Sort and recycle mail as soon as it arrives.
* Limit your laundry duties to one day a week.
* Have a basket for small items instead of having them here and there.
* Keep a basket in the living room for anything that needs to be put in another room at a later time. Empty the basket each night.
* When you purchase one item and bring it into the house, pick one item to leave the house either through the trashcan or the charity shop.]]>
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