Looking at habits from the outside

Hello Friends,

I’ve been away for a few days and a bit of space has allowed me to look at some of my habits which don’t work very well.

I was only able to take a small amount of stuff with me.  This meant that I didn’t have to wade through mountains of stuff to find what I wanted, and things stayed much tidier.  It is clear that as a family we just have too much stuff.

Second, because I was tired at the end of each day, I found myself getting ready for bed earlier.  This gave me time to put clothes away, rather than just dropping them in a pile and not sorting them out and hanging them up.

In the morning, before I went out, I made sure I had time to tidy my room and make the bed.  I washed up any cups.  This meant I came back to a nice tidy room in perfect order.

The challenge now is to bring these new habits into my home life.  I think I can do it if I can cut down the amount of stuff we have and set aside time to do a little bit of sorting out first and last thing.

What habits work for you in keeping your home tidy and uncluttered?

Until next time, Tawney x


Looking at habits from the outside — 4 Comments

  1. You know that junk drawer you have in the kitchen? If you have a spare bedroom in your house it’s probably just as bad only on a bigger scale. It’s the place where clean laundry gets dumped for sorting (and never gets totally put away) or where things that you can’t decide where they go get stowed. And when you get that call that company’s on their way, you probably race through the house to gather up all the clutter then toss it in and shut the door. But when company is coming and staying overnight… Well, the day of reckoning has arrived.

  2. I have a quick tidy round before bed each night too, it really helps and it’s so nice to get up to a neat living area. My main rule is “don’t put it down, put it away” as I am a nightmare for leaving stuff out and about.

    I try to not overthink it too, I just do things rather than asking if it needs to be done. So things like wiping the shower when I’ve used it, wiping the sinks each day and little things like that. If I look after these little things than it tends to keep everything looking ok which means I’m more likely to do things I need to do as I can just get on with that rather than seeing all the other stuff I have to do before getting round to anything else.

  3. I am quite ruthless with stuff – probably too ruthless sometimes.

    I love my pj’s so tend to get ready for bed very early (if I know I am not going out again and not expecting visitors I can often be in my pj’s by 6pm). This means that I have the time to sort my clothes for washing and sort out clothes for the next day.

    I often have a quick tidy in the living room before I go to bed at night – straighten the cushions, put the dirty cups in the dishwasher, clear any bits and pieces away – that way it is nice and tidy for when I come down in the morning.

    I always clear the breakfast dishes and put them in the dishwasher before I go to work – there is nothing worse than coming home to a pile of dirty pots.

    And I seem to wash clothes constantly – but it does mean that I never have a mountain of ironing building up!