What about your children’s room, guest room, office or craft room (or all of the above room!) How do we bring those rooms into order?
- First, put away stray items in the room and use your decluttering time to straighten one drawer at a time. Remember everything is either Keep, Throw Away, Give Away, Put Away, and Return to Rightful Owner. Use a box for the Give Away and a wastebasket for the Throw Away. I like a basket or tote for the Return to Rightful Owner items.The bed should be clear so you can put the Keep things in neat stacks and transfer back into the drawer.
- AGAIN, ONE DRAWER AT A TIME, QUICKLY, OR YOU’LL HAVE A WORSE MESS. I know I shouldn’t yell at you but there are danger points in cleaning/organizing and this is one of them.
- If you find things in certain drawers that don’t belong there but belong in the dresser, set them to the side for a minute and put them away as you come to that drawer. Add another box to the mix for PUT AWAY in other rooms. DO NOT leave the room to put away things in other rooms or you will eat up your time running around the house.
- After you are finished, polish the furniture with furniture polish or a well-wrung out damp cloth. If you use the damp cloth, shine with another cloth.
- Now, feel free to enlist the help of your children to deliver items from the put away box to the right rooms. You as Home Manager can go from room to room and make sure that those items get put away in their place.
Work expands to fill the amount of time alloted to it. Work quickly. If you think of yourself as “having all day to get it done” it will take that long. I use a timer and set it for 15 to 30 minutes. Timers are wonderful things and children respond well to timers for homework, chores and taking care of their room. Set the timer and tell them “Let’s see how much you can get done in 15 minutes.” or “Let’s see if you can get more done today than yesterday in 15 minutes.” Beating the clock can be fun!
I also use a timer to remind me to move laundry from the washer to the dryer and to go back and fold it.
By the mile, it’s a trial. By the inch, it’s a cinch!