As you know from many of my posts, organisation and staying on top of a tidy house does not come naturally to me. But, I must say, over the past few years I have secretly watched and taken mental notes of those people who seem to do it all so effortlessly. For me it used to be a huge job, just thinking about it drained me, and by the time I had finished thinking about everything I had to do I couldn’t actually be bothered doing anything at all…. so here you go folks, here is what I have learned. Oh and did I also mention that I spent a good 16 years having all of this drummed into me by my OCD Mum – here is how they do it….
If you are new around here you may like to read some posts about the mess I used to be in here and here. And if you haven’t caught up with “Get Sorted with Chards”, you can check that one out here and here.
But now, onto the list…
1. Get up earlier. I am telling you – this is the key. People who have tidy houses don’t just wave a wand and they magically appear that way. No – they work bloody hard. They also don’t seem to sleep much. I need my sleep, so I have been trying to get myself to bed earlier so I can be up and at it at 5:15 am! It is so lovely having a coffee in peace before my 3 boys wake up and start terrorising me. This is also when I do my blogging.
2. Make your bed. This will make such a difference to your day. Start the day with order.
3. Don’t put it down – put it away or A place for everything and everything in its place. This is another essential step for keeping a tidy house. Those who make it all look so effortless PUT THINGS AWAY! They don’t sit things down on the kitchen bench or put them in a basket, they get up off their skinny little arses and put them away for crying out loud (FYI: their bums are so skinny because they are always putting stuff away). Why has it taken me 36 years to figure this out? I have been so lazy, it seems, for…..well…. all my life. And another bonus to all of this “putting away” is the calories you will burn. As a friend put it: Cleaning Cardio. It seems to have worked for me over the past week, I have lost weight but I haven’t been on the treadmill…. instead I have been busy walking km’s throughout my house putting things away, or nagging the children to put their their stuff away. Surely I am not the only person who is just waking up to this? I used to just put things down because I didn’t think I had time to put them away or find a house for them. What the hell was I thinking? Now I realise: I don’t have time not to put them away. So don’t walk past something and think “god I have to bend over, no bugger it I will do it later” just pick the bloody thing up and put it away, I swear it will take you less than 30 seconds!!! 30 seconds people. Onto it!
4. Washing – get it done. First thing. Put a load on before you go to bed, or, if you have multiple loads, try and get it all done of a night time. Hang it out that night or first thing the next morning, or pop it in the dryer. Unless the clothes are super dirty or white, put them all in one giant load. That is one less thing you have to worry about when you are racing around trying to sort out children, lunch boxes, getting ready for work etc etc. Oh and because your bed is made and your house is tidy you will have so much more time on your hands.
5. Kitchen: Leave the kitchen tidy every night. Put the dishes in the dishwasher and don’t forget to turn it on. Or wash everything up as you go, it will save you so much time and keep everything sorted in the kitchen as you are cooking. Don’t get everything out that you will need and plonk it on the bench. You will get yourself into a huge mess (trust me, this is how I have been doing things for… well, forever really). Until Aileen and Mrs Savvy B made me see the light. Why the hell had I not figured this out? I have spent so many years trying to make things easier for myself and take shortcuts, but really I have been making extra work. So now, when I am cooking a cake for, example, I get out the flour, put it in and then put it away, get out the eggs, put them in and put them away and so on. Get it? Good – you won’t regret it. So then when you have finished cooking it doesn’t look like a volcano has erupted on your bench and your head will be much clearer. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to figure it out. GET IT OUT AND PUT IT AWAY!!!! So at the end of the night it shouldn’t be a huge job to clean up. Wipe down all of your benches, put everything away and you will be all set for the next morning.
Now tell me – am I really the only person who has just figured all of this out or have you also struggled to stay on top of things. If you follow these 5 important steps you will never look back. Things will be sorted and you will feel a million bucks. Trust me.
They also say it takes 30 days to form a habit. So you need to make a conscience effort to do each step everyday. I am up to day 8 and so far so good! Still a while to go before it, hopefully, becomes habit. Would you like to join me as I follow this SORTED journey?
Acknowledgement must go to all of those who have inspired me… DD, Mrs Savvy B, Margie, Aileen, Kristy (Incy Interiors), Sophie, Flick, Babs, Sal (Mrs Gumnut)…. you all seem to do it so effortlessly and I HAVE BEEN WATCHING YOU (I, know – creepy right??) all of these years…. and I finally get it – Hard Work!!!…. just wondering why it has taken me so long. But thanks all the same!!! Did you even know you were my inspiration?