It never fails. When I get busy or overwhelmed — or both — my personal and organizational styles gang up on me.
And an unfettered drop and run/I need to see it style is not pretty.
If I’ve been good at following my own advice (which sometimes happens), the things I’ve dropped and run from all have homes.
The trick is to get things back where they belong, which manages both our stuff and our stress. When time is at a premium, as it always seems to be at this time of year, here are a few ways to restore order.
- Count ’em up. Set a goal of a certain number of items to pick up and put away within a given time period. Whether it’s starting the day with a goal of returning a certain number of items to their homes before bedtime or a game of beat the clock when you have only ten minutes at your disposal, any dent in the growing piles is a positive step. When things have homes, even small stretches of time can yield big payoffs.
- Tackle a hot spot. Every house has them — the places that seem to attract piles. Sort the piles by room in the house and move each stack of misplaced merchandise to the room where it belongs. Let the family member who “owns” the room take it from there.
- Assess the logic and quality of the homes you’ve assigned. If your efforts to put things where they belong is hampered by the fact that their homes are inaccessible (or perhaps nonexistent), it’s time to rethink their locations. Finding them a home that works might mean they’ll stop turning up like bad pennies.
Copyright 2017 Lisa Hess