Monday, January 10, 2011

6 Things to Do Every Day

I'm still feeling that New Year's organization fire. It feels good! My goal is to work on one of these per day. So far it's been slow going, but I am undeterred. Organization is always a process so as long as I work on it consistently, there will be progress. Here's the list I made on January 1st:

* Coat closet
* Craft supplies
* My bedroom closet {done}
* Nightstand drawer
* Christmas stuff {done}
* Nursery closet {almost done}
* Kitchen junk drawer
* Garage 

Alright, so that's the big list. Now for the daily stuff. I'm always wondering what I should be doing daily to keep the organization process going. I found this list, and I think it's totally doable. I've been doing the sweeping one for awhile now, and it has made a huge difference. 

6 Things to Do Every Day (click here for a printable version)

Make the Bed
Tidiness begets tidiness. A crisply made bed makes the whole room seem more orderly, which makes it less likely that you’ll let other things -- such as clothes and papers -- pile up around it.

Manage Clutter
Whenever you leave a room, take a quick look around for anything that isn’t where it should be. Pick it up and put it where it belongs. Insist that everyone in the household do the same.

Sort the Mail
Take a few minutes to open, read, and sort mail as soon as you bring it inside. Keep a trash bin near your sorting area for junk mail. Drop other mail into one of four in-boxes: personal correspondence, bills, catalogs, and filing.

Clean as You Cook
Instead of filling the sink with pots and dishes, wash them or put them in the dishwasher as you prepare a meal.

Wipe Up Spills While They’re Fresh
Whether it’s tomato sauce on the cooktop or makeup on the bathroom counter, almost anything is faster and easier to remove if you attend to it immediately.

Sweep the Kitchen Floor
Every evening, once you’ve finished washing up after dinner, sweep the floor. This will keep tough-to-clean dirt and grime from building up, which will make the weekly mopping much quicker.

Any tips that help you keep chaos at bay?


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