Tackling Clutter Without Taking Tons of Time ~ Part 3

Spend 15 minutes every day on an organizing project.

It can be a kitchen cabinet, drawer, linen closet or pantry… whatever needs attention first.

When your 15 minutes are up, you’re free to stop. Repeat the next day. This gives motivation to fit in a small amount of time each day when you might not have time to do the entire project, but little by little the job gets done. When you complete your first project, start on the next and keep your new habit going! This is, again, a tip from a friend who received it from an older lady in her church (I love learning from wise women who are ahead of me in this journey! Thankful for how God prescribes for the older women to teach the younger in Titus 2!)

Keep your kitchen sink empty.

One dirty glass placed in the sink somehow seems to reproduce itself with an army before you know it. As dishes are dirtied, immediately put them in the dishwasher to await the next time you run it. Quickly wipe the water drops off the sink and faucet. Once I considered such things unnecessary time wasters to the point of being almost crazy. Now they help conserve my sanity just by giving me visual calm in that area of the kitchen (my neatnik husband is responsible for this new development in me). If I see a clean, calm area, it boosts my mental energy to tackle a not-so-tidy area.

Get in the habit:

When you wake up in the morning, make your bed immediately.

I recently read an article showing how much more productive people feel when their bed is made first thing (I am not very familiar with the author or the website so I’m not endorsing either, but it’s definitely an interesting article). It also gives you a neat corner of the house to see and encourage you that you’ve already accomplished something small that adds to the overall tidy feel of your house and motivate you to go ahead and cross another task off your list.

If you’re a mom, teach your kids this habit too and require them to make their beds first thing in the morning. Try to keep stuffed animals and dolls on the bed to a minimum and find a better (maybe out of sight) place for them instead. Abundance of these cuddly critters can complicate the process of teaching a little one to make their own bed, and finding a different place for them to belong can help teach “a place for everything and everything in its place.”

Getting into a morning routine is so helpful in maximizing your day. As seasons change, you’ll need to re-evaluate it and change it accordingly and it’s sometimes hard to transition into a new one, but keep at it till you find the morning routine that works for you. Chronic illness, the birth of a new baby, moving, new jobs and other significant changes dictate flexibility. We are in a “re-evaluating” season now as we are nearing the end of our home school year and making a plan for the summer, and I’m reminded as I’m considering the factors I need to account in creating our new plan just how crucial it is to:

Get to bed at a decent hour the night before in order to maximize your time and productivity the next morning.

Nothing like getting sufficient rest to boost your energy level and mental concentration throughout the next day!

What is your favorite tip for tackling clutter without taking tons of time? Are you working on developing new habits in this area? Have you learned any shortcuts or tips you can share with us?