Touch something once and do something with it – put it where it belongs, toss it out – just don’t place it where it doesn’t belong even for a few minutes.
They need to be able to visualize how they will ‘live-in’ the house…and that’s so difficult to do with lots of clutter! As I have aged I need the calm of clean spaces more. Bonnie in florida, I too am fighting c and although not naturally organized, have found that I crave a tidy house.
Plus, the thought of losing half a day out of my life, to clean of all things, saddens me much. Only the imminent arrival of a house guest spurred me into action. As long as I am not tripping over his stuff, I can go on. And yes, I can clean up in the kitchen after him as well.
That way you only have to pick up your roommate’s items one time, and you’re house will get cleaner and cleaner. I am in ‘Not Naturally Organized’ camp but have decided to ‘Design’ this problem out of me. All went well when I was part-time and had a day to sort laundry and clean and another day to tidy and put things away. And laundry/ ironing/ the putting away/ etc is never ending in our house.
When they have their own homes they will learn how to keep it clean because that’s their expectation (but you aren’t there to do it!!) Breathe in and breathe out, say “it doesn’t really matter”, and pick up as you see fit (but not in their own rooms, leave the mess for them to live in so they will value the tidiness of the rest of the house). I’ll work on the mantra cuz I’m much more relaxed and productive in a tidy house. Each time I do that, more leaves the house and I find it to be a very calming time, my kind of meditation.
It’s great training for life, and it has nothing to do with cleaning. P.S. My husband leaves doors and drawers open It’s like a trail going through the house; I can always tells where he’s been. I drive myself crazy with cleaning and organizing.
I cannot understand why she leaves her room, and the rest of the house in such a mess, when it would takes seconds to put away what ever it is she is using at the time. Here is a method that has worked for a couple of friends in your situation: get an electronic kitchen timer Twice a day, set it for 10 minutes and work on that pile of papers or whatever else needs taking care of, but just that one job and NOTHING ELSE. And this insightful article also reveals the reason why it’s nearly impossible to keep a clean house and toddlers at the same time… you can’t “how about now” that pencil when you’re trying to cook dinner with a small child screaming and holding your leg, and another one upending the laundry basket in the next room.
I totally agree that these simple words would work wonders for me but, and here’s the problem, this plan would be great to avoid clutter in the first place, if I walk into a perfectly organized house and start following this rule life would be perfect. So I appreciate the neighbor who takes the garbage out when she leaves after a brief visit, and the granddaughter who spends a few minutes cleaning the bathroom each time she’s here. If you are struggling to organize your home, you may scoff at the suggestion that picking up one piece of paper or a solitary little pencil is really going to make a difference, and you’re right, unless it really is a battle of the mind and the only single thing is the pervasive thought “Later,” which never comes.
Organizing toys is tricky – there’s a fine line between enough toys to play with and be interested in and too many toys that multiply and take over the house. I’ve been using a new to us system for tasks and chores around the house with my older kids and it’s been really motivating for them, so I thought it might help some of you too. Read the full info here Quality Cleaning Services!