Here’s a news flash for ya’…I love the feeling I have when everything is organized in my home.
But like soooooo many things in life, organizing isn’t something we can do once and forget about it. It’s an ongoing process, but there are lots of small things you can do every day to help.
Do quick cleanups every day
If I had to wait until I had enough time to clean my entire house, I’d have a very, very dirty house. I much prefer to take a few minutes to perform small cleanups, such as wiping down the bathroom counter top after brushing my teeth. I keep cleaning supplies directly under the sink to make it easy.
Keep the items you use the most where you can easily access them
This goes for every room in the house including the garage. By having what you need handy, you’ll save time looking for it. To keep clutter at bay, store items you rarely use such as seasonal decor in the garage, basement or attic.
Put things away when you are done with them
This tip is tried and true, and there’s a reason for that. It works! It only takes a few extra seconds to put something away. My motto is…’leave a room as you found it’.
When you think of something to do but you can’t get to it right away, write it down
I can’t tell you how many times I thought ‘I’ll remember’, but I oftentimes forget. You too? A few months ago I installed Evernote on my phone and iPad, and now I’d be lost without it.
Finish up the task you are working on before you begin a new one
I admire people that can do several things at once, but many times those people end up with a lot of incomplete projects. I prefer to focus on one thing at a time and give it my full attention.
Do it now
Something else we all do from time to time is say ‘I’ll do this later’, but never do. Stop and do it when it’s on your mind.
Use labels generously
Label whatever you can. It not only helps in knowing what items are stored there, but it makes it a lot easier for everyone to find and put things away.
What tips do you have that help you stay organized?
In other news…
I hope in a few days I can finally share the changes with the blog I’ve been alluding to, but EVERYTHING seems to take longer than expected and there’s always challenges. In the meantime, I’ll share some trip highlights (and lowlights).
We just returned from an overnight trip to the Keys. If you’ve been following along for a year or more, you might recall last year we spent a week in Key Largo on a houseboat, but never made it down to Key West. We decided to do that Thursday and I have to say I love Key West! It’s a vibrant, eclectic town that is full of life, and I hope to return and spend more time there some day.
We arrived just before sunset and grabbed a table at a hotel in the square (where I had the most delish mojito!) and I took a few pics of the immediate area, including the sunset which I’ll share in a roundup post. To the left of this picture is where the sun sets, and it did not disappoint. Every night there’s music and dancing, adding to the festive, fun atmosphere.
We drove to the Keys with a rental car (long story), which had to be returned the next day (another long story). I’ve been up since 3 a.m. and am now back in BAM while fisherman is returning the car.
Time for a nap…
P.S. The wi-fi at the resort is practically non-existent. The only way I can be on-line is by using up our data, so please understand I can’t visit and comment as much as I’d like. Someday I’ll make it down to the clubhouse (where it seems to be better) for a couple of hours and catch up. With any luck, our next place will be better, but rumor has it RV resorts are notoriously bad for wi-fi. 🙁