What better time than November to hone your tidy up skills. With all the hustle and bustle that goes on around the holiday season it is always best to stay ahead of the game. So what I am proposing is that you all join me for a month of The Keep Tidy Challenge for the duration of November.
Remember last week when Mark Adam Douglass (@MADouglass) mentioned in a comment a concept he refers to as Reset. When working on a project or task he and his wife make a point of putting everything away and “reset” the space for the next task. This is not a new concept by any means, Mark has just put his own name to it. That being said it is a concept that many people neglect to follow even though is makes far more sense the the alternative.
The idea is to not walk away without tidying up after you have completed a task. For example, once you are finished eating a meal clean up after it. Don’t leave things on the table and dishes in the sink for hours or Heaven forbid days. If you pull items out of your wardrobe while trying to decide on the days attire make sure you put everything you don’t chose to wear back neatly in the closet. When you get out of bed in the morning make the bed there and then. If you go to the beach or to a child’s sporting fixture make sure you remove all the items required for the task from the car on your return and place them back where they belong.
Many of these tidy up tasks will take just a minute but may in the long run save you a lot more time. Take the wardrobe task for instance. Lets say you are in a hurry to get dressed because you are running late for work. Tossing clothes all over the place while trying to decide may cause greater delays the next day when not only are you late again but the clothes you want to wear are now scrunched up somewhere on the floor. The few minutes it would have taken yesterday to put things away could well have saved you ten or more today because now the clothes will require ironing to be acceptable to wear to work. *
Same goes for the sports or beach gear. If everything is returned to its rightful place after the previous use it will be easy to locate the next time you need it. This is mighty handy should you be running on a tight schedule.
When we are stressed, tired or in a hurry it is too easy to neglect to follow this concept but trust me you will be sorrier in the end when you can’t find what you need, have to replace an items when it can’t be found or allow the mess to build and instead of taking one or two minutes here and there you will find yourself with a task that now will take hours to put right.
So who would like to challenge themselves to adhere to the rule of putting things to rights before moving on to the next task? I am only proposing you attempt this for one month. In reality though my hope is that over that time this behaviour will stick and become a new good habit for you and your life will be changed for the better.
Always remember that continuing with the same unproductive behaviour will only ever yield the same result. That is disappointment and unnecessary stress.
For those who are adept at tidying as you go perhaps your challenge could be to throw in a ten minute challenge everyday to fine tune your already neat home. Such as clean and reorganise a pantry shelf, tidy up your utensils drawer, make sure the car is free of trash, pull the sofa away from the wall and clean behind and under it. I am sure you can find many a little task to keep you busy.
* Note ~ When it comes having mornings run smoothly it can also pay to arrange your clothes the night before. Also going to bed and setting the morning alarm a half hour earlier would do a lot to remove stress from your life.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter something from your kitchen.
Today’s Declutter Item
This corroded shower rose is an example of my post ~The insanity of putting up with the status quo. We went all through winter with less than wonderful water pressure in our en-suite shower. I finally decided to pull the shower arm off and check if there was a problem. As it turned out one of the joints was corroded and pretty much fell apart in my hand. This corrosion had been blocking the water supply. Needless to say the whole thing needed replacing. I have included it as a declutter item because we did in fact have a spare one in the garage. So with this one gone that is one less thing in the house.
Eco Tip for the Day
Consider doing some things by hand rather than using an electrical appliance. Mix that cake by hand, tighten that screw with an old fashioned screw driver rather than and electric drill, sweep the floor rather than vacuum…
For a full list of my eco tips so far click here