Last January, on the tail end of Christmas vacation, I went on an organizing bender. I vowed that 2015 was going to be the year to minimize and keep the house orderly.
Fast forward, December 2015.
You know us, busy bees. Throughout the year, tornadoes touch down inside our house. Toys, clothing, backpacks, dog and paper – everywhere. Let’s just summarize and say the house did not stay perfect for very long, ever.
The last Saturday in November, I hosted a girls’ night. Tim and I spent about three days off and of with breaks to watch Walking Dead cleaning up the house. It has been almost a week since that event and looking around, I think we actually kept the mess at bay this week. It’s a small step, but in the right direction. We told the kids, we want to keep it clean, at least through Christmas.
Habits form after 2 weeks, right?
So far, here is what we have done. If clothing comes off your body, it goes into a hamper or jammies go on your bed for later. Remind them to move the clothes. Remind them nicely to move the clothes. Enforce tidying up before moving on. Sounds simple, I know, but it this is not something I have taken the time to work on at home. All the markers from last night’s colouring session are successfully back in the basket. Hang up coats. Our hooks are working – for all of us, grown-ups included.
Take 10 minutes. We long ago discovered that dishes and general tidying don’t take a long time, if done everyday. We just simply weren’t doing our time. Last night after dinner, instead of sitting down and relaxing right away, which leads to all night, I washed up the dishes from dinner. AMAZING! What a novel idea. Didn’t take very long and this morning, miraculously the kitchen is still clean.
Similarly in the ten minutes we can reset the living room. Fold the blankets, put our cups in the kitchen and put away the TV tray. Mere seconds, I tell you. We have a kitchen table that we use for crafts, important paper collection, sewing and general gathering of stuff. We have organized the things that usually land on it and are actually using it for eating dinner – STRANGE! With the weekend coming up, I welcome the challenge to keep the house tidy. Ten minutes isn’t very much time, but if invested everyday, I can see the impact it will make.