I wash the dishes. I have never been one to let dishes pile up in the sink, unless I'm sick. I just can't stand it. If you walked in my home unannounced it is possible to find a few dirty plates or cups next to the sink depending on the time of day.
Today, I made banana bread (should have done it yesterday so my daughter could take it to school today...but that didn't happen). I was stacking my measuring cups and spoons in the sink as I went. Once I had my batter in the oven, everything that could go in the dishwasher went in. I then filled the sink to wash my Kitchen Aid bowl and paddle attachment. I
I complete the laundry in one day. If I start a load of laundry, in most cases, I finish the entire process with that load. I will keep myself aware when the washer is finished and get to moved to the dryer. The dryer has a buzzer on it when it is complete. Soon after, in most cases, I will pull all the laundry out and do my folding and putting away technique.
Now I will tell you right now, this doesn't happen every time. Just last night, I started a load of towels kind of late. I did get them into the dryer, but the folding didn't happen until the next day. Getting laundry done in one day eliminates piles of laundry in my small laundry room, and it makes sure that the clothes don't get wrinkled. I am grateful that one of my teen daughters does her own laundry now (a rite of passage at 16 in our house). The other daughter gets her laundry back folded in her basket. It is up to her to put it away...which she doesn't always do.
I pick up after myself. I was either taught as a young age or it is within my personality to pick up after myself. I put my toothbrush and toothpaste back in the drawer after I use them. I hang up my towel after showering. I put my dirty laundry in my clothes basket. I hang up my coat when I return home. Some of these basic steps I do help clean a home neater and more organized. If everyone in the household does the same, it is even better. Again, I'm not perfect. There are days where I don't do some of these things, but for the most part yes I do.
In the past year, I have tried to develop some new habits to help with some areas I have been struggling. They aren't quite ingrained yet, but they are working pretty well. I have a day that I wash all the bath towels. I have two days a month that I wash bedding. I plan meals farther ahead and not on the same day I will be grocery shopping. And I now purge receipts more frequently. Oh, and I even clean up drawer crumbs with a vacuum!
All of my new habits have made a difference how I feel about some of these mundane chores. I really don't like to meal plan. I also forget how long it has been since I washed the sheets! That isn't good. So now with my new habits, I have clean sheets more often and more variety in our meals.
I encourage everyone to consider what chores you dread, or could do better at. Maybe this will be a challenge we tackle next month!
When I decided to make a habit of washing the sheets on a regular basis, I first needed to decide how frequently I was willing to wash sheets. Turns out I really didn't like the idea of once a week. Since I didn't even know how long I was going between sheet washing I decided I could handle twice per month. At least to start is what I told myself. The next thing I needed to figure out was how to remember to do them twice per month and at somewhat even intervals. I came up with payday. My husband is paid on the 1st and the 15th of the month. I'm the one that pays bills when that happens. I knew that was something I would remember. I now associate payday with paying bills and washing sheets. I do give myself leeway to do the sheets a little before or a little after if there are things that make it impossible to get done. I might even do the three beds over the course of two days. If you are reading this on the day I post it, I am doing sheets today!
Habits do make a difference in being and feeling organized. Habits give us control and the feeling of control over our environment. I even noticed that my new habits make me happy about some of my tasks rather than dreading and resenting them! How cool is that?
So tell me, what habit(s) do you have that help keep you organized, less cluttered or more in control of your home? Have you developed a new positive habit this last year that keeps you organized?