The Power of Tidying

papers-262731_1280It’s nothing ground breaking, you’ve probably read 100 times on Pinterest and other organizing blogs that the key to keeping your home clutter free is tidying, and it is completely true. This is the number one thing I recommend for staying organized. Some people swear by a 10 minute power tidy, others say a pre-bed time tidy is the way to go. It really doesn’t matter when or for how long, the key is doing it.

Much of the time we spend cleaning, whether at home or at the office, is putting things away. Personally, I like to put things away as I’m finished with them, for example, washing prep dishes while the dinner is cooking, but sometimes that just isn’t feasible. Here are my top 2 tidy tips to help you build a habit for tidying:

1. Leave a clean work space – throughout the work day my desk fills with papers, to-do lists, notes, magazine articles, etc. When the end of the day rolls around, it would be easy to get up and leave these things cluttering my work space but we all know coming in to a mess the next day isn’t how we like to start a day. I take less than 5 minutes at the end of each work day to tidy up my desk. Even if it’s just stacking the items into a neat pile to sort through the next day, leaving a clean and clutter free space makes for a more pleasant and productive return.

2. Everything has a place – There are a few important items that we never want to lose, keys, cell phone, purse/wallet. These are things that we always have when we leave the house and if we misplace them, stress and tardiness ensue. For these high priority items, choose a home base for each and before bed each night make sure they are in their homes and easy to find the next morning. I have a key rack by the front door and any time I enter the house I put my keys there. This way I’m never searching for my keys. I also make sure that my laptop is in it’s bag next to my purse before I go to bed so I don’t waste time with it in the morning, or worse forget to grab it on  my way out.

I typically do my tidying at night so that I have less to deal with in the morning but anytime of day will do depending on your own personal schedule and what works best for you. Adding a tidying habit to your life, will help reduce the stress of searching for lost items and keep your home and office clutter free!

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