Day 72 – Organizing Tip of the Week

Every Wednesday we share what we learn about Organizing.  We decided to make it the organizing tip of the week.  This one is very easy, which means most of us rarely do it.  Before you go to bed, make sure you clear up the mess.

I started organizing the apartment one area at a time.  I cleared the kitchen counters, and my desk.  I figured surfaces were more important than any room for two reasons:

1)  most of my surfaces are in public areas

2)  they are closer to eye level, which makes them more obvious

The strategy was simple.  The more surfaces I clean, the more things I get rid of, the prettier the apartment looks.  Also, when I come home after a long day of work, seeing my living space more organized makes me smile.  As the days go by, we all have a tendency to drop one or two things and if you don’t pick up, it gets messy again.

The cure for this is simple.  The areas that are already organized get a once over before I go to bed.  If there is a dish at the sink, I wash it.  If there is a letter, I check it and dispose of it accordingly. If someone left a book at the table, it goes back to its shelf.  It sounds simple, and it is.  The thing is, we sometimes convince ourselves that we are too tired to move it in this particular instant. The next thing you know, what would take five minutes takes two hours on a weekend because we have so many things out-of-place.

Trust me, try it tonight.  If you don’t have any area organized yet, just take a couple of minutes and take a few things off the table.  The difference will make you breath lighter.

What area of your house can you apply this little trick to?  Leave us a comment below.