Organize Your Stuff
Organize your stuff – so you can find things, so you can feel order, to get rid of clutter, to find hidden dirt, and such. Once you have things organized, life can get easier and you can have less stress.
Make a place – a drawer, a box, a file – or something, to drop off all your things into (keys, glasses, papers, mail, a lone earring, a barrette, a pen, etc.). Put it near the entrance of a room so all things can go into it as soon as you walk in the door. People often have a “junk drawer” but don’t use it to drop things Into, but put the odd things you always look for (have another area for your junk drawer too, if you want one). Better to have a dedicated area for things to be dropped into until you need to find them or put them in their places.
Put things into cabinets and drawers near where you would need them – spatulas and cooking items near the stove, as well as oven mitts, hot pads, pots and pans, knives and cutting boards etc. Put serving dishes closer to the serving table, with drinking glasses near the fridge or with the serving dishes. Put dishwashing stuff under the sink counter. Try to use this type of logic, so you can easily find what you need when you are looking for it. Make it a habit by doing it over and over.
In a dresser, put all socks in a drawer, all underwear in a drawer, shorts in a drawer, etc. If not taken up the whole drawer you can combine socks and underwear into one drawer and such.
When you go through areas, you might find areas where dirt accumulates. you can clean it out and either remember too occasionally go back and clean it, or keep things from bllocking the area so it doesn't happen again.
If you organize your areas in the best placements, you can feel more on top of things, and waste less time searching. Make habits by repeating your actions and it becomes more automatic to drop off things as you come in the door. Repetition makes habits. The more organized you are, the less stressed you will be, especially not searching an hour for something.
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