Tips for an Efficient, Happy Home

From where you live to what brand of laundry detergent you use, you make choices to provide yourself and your family with an organized home, money to spare, and rich quality time.  Some people call it “intentional and creative living.”

Here are some ideas and tips.

By focusing on the timing of life’s chores, you can make the most of your day.  For example, tidy up your house at the best hour of the day.

Curious?  Here are more time-saving strategies.

When it comes to creating a clean and organized home, why does timing matter?

Doing things at certain times saves you time and money. If you stock up on frozen foods at the right time, you don’t have to clip coupons or go to five different grocery stores. Or if you take time before Christmas or before a birthday party to declutter the toys, it’s a lot easier to fit those new toys in.

What are are daily strategies for clutter control?

Try to clean up almost every night so it’s not building on top of yesterday’s clutter; it’s just today’s clutter. You can get it cleaned up in 30 minutes and the house is as good as new.

What’s a favorite timesaving strategy for decluttering?

Set a timer, and say that I am going to declutter for 15 minutes today. Go through a drawer in your kitchen and say, “Which of these utensils have I not touched in the last six months?” Do it slowly and don’t try to force yourself to get rid of everything at once.  You can always use self storage to keep the things you’re not ready to donate, etc.

If you’re overwhelmed by disorganization, how should you get started?

Having your bed made up can make a big difference to your day. Identifying those pressure points and starting there is a really good way to feel more in control. You’ll feel better, and then you’re more motivated to tackle other areas.

What are the biggest obstacles to organizing your home and getting rid of excess clutter?

If you think you’re doing it because you’re supposed to, and not because you really want to. I have a friend who has four sons and three of them play hockey, so she is not thinking about organizing right now, because they’re gone to hockey practice four nights a week. For her, spring cleaning might come in June when things slow down.

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