How to Keep Your Home Organized
Wouldn’t it be nice if your home could remain organized as it was after you moved in and unpacked the last box? After the move, how can you keep it organized and clean? Think about it, that is the one time that you actually designated a home for everything. Believe it or not, if you implement schedules and organization systems, your house can look like that all the time. Of course to get there, you are probably going to need to commit to a weekend project to unclutter every room.
Tackle the Chaos
Yes, it is a big job but if you do it right this one time, you won’t have to deal with it again. It is easiest to unclutter your home by taking it on one room at a time. Have a garbage box along with either a donate or garage sale box and go through everything. If you find things that you forgot you even have, there’s a good chance that you don’t need them.
Use Schedules and To-Do Lists
Are you someone who always feels as though you have an exhausting list of things to do but never really gets them done? Create daily, weekly and monthly schedules for yourself of things that you need to do. Most people find it easier to stay on track when they hold themselves accountable. A schedule or a list that you can check off allows you to do this. Sure, you know that you need to clean you blinds but if you have scheduled yourself to do them on a certain day every month, they are far more likely to get done. Your daily lists are also helpful to remember when you need to mail bills or acknowledge important events.
Make Yourself a Home Manager Notebook
A simple three-ring binder can go a long way in keeping your home and your life organized. Get yourself a few tabbed dividers and paper and this allows you to keep track of your cleaning schedules, menus, budgets, important dates, school work, goals, pet information, etc. One simple binder can literally help you organize every area of your life.
If you are not too keen on actually writing things down and you spend your days on the computer, you can either create spread sheets or purchase some type of home management software. Whether you use this method or the three-ring binder idea, it is also a good idea to create a master list of people who are on your gift-giving list with their birthday, anniversary, sizes, favorite scents and foods, etc. This will help you to be organized when out have to shop for those last minute gifts as well.
Organization does not just happen. It takes a plan. However, that plan is the key to keeping your home organized and clean like the day you finished moving in.