Hi again! It’s been a busy week for me and I’m glad the weekend is finally here. Not to mention, we finally have our new couch that we bought over a month ago!
This is our first big piece of furniture we bought brand new, which means I’ll be obsessing over keeping it in its sparkly new condition despite having a soon-to-be-toddler. Good luck to me…
Last post, we went over the importance of establishing a place for everything–a home. Now we’re looking at the last step: maintaining.
Know Where Things Go
When everything has a home, you know where it goes. It should go straight back to its home when it’s not being used. It may sound silly and nit-picky, but it’s essential if you want to maintain all this hard work you’ve done.
Make sure you have established clearly where things go. If you live with other people, make sure everyone knows the homes you’ve made for your belongings. If you have to use labels, use them. Nothing is more frustrating than finding everything in the wrong place. Before you know it, everything is scattered and it will be harder to keep things organized.
Mindful Future Purchases
The real hard part about maintaining your tidy home is being careful about what you buy from now on. If you don’t room for it, that is, if you don’t have an established home for something you’re looking to buy, don’t buy it. Or get rid of something else to make a home for it.
Similarly to when you were purging through everything, ask yourself questions:
- Do I need this/Will I use this?
- Do I really want this?/Can I live without it?
- Do I already have one?
- Do I have a place in mind for it?
If you follow these guidelines, you should be able to maintain the order you’ve created.
If You Have to Start Over
Now, let’s say the unthinkable happens and you revert back to old ways. These things can and do happen. A family crisis, moving into a new home, a new baby. Lots of things can throw us off our groove. No biggie. Go through the steps again. As long as you haven’t acquired lots of new things, purging should be shorter this time. It should also be easier. The more you purge your belongings, the easier it becomes. The first time you purged through your stuff, you had lots of emotional baggage and attachment to those items. You’ve learned that you can live without some things. I’ve definitely had to go through these steps several times.
When People Give You Things You Don’t Want
Over the last few years, we’ve inherited a lot of stuff from good-meaning family and friends. I’m bad at saying no.
This is another hard thing about maintaining the tidiness of your home. If you don’t want something, learn to say, “No, thank you”. Trust me on this! It’s much easier than saying yes to appease someone and feeling that you have to keep it.
The same applies to gifts. If it’s not something you want to keep, don’t feel guilty about exchanging it or giving it away. I know for many people, this is easier said than done, especially when you are afraid of hurting someone’s feelings. Do what you can to not offend people and let them know you appreciate the gesture and that they thought of you, but don’t let it hold you back. Stuff you keep out of obligation can become a huge burden.
Wrapping It Up
Well, my friends. That’s it. 3 Steps to a Tidy home. It seems like a lot, but it really isn’t.
Here’s the condensed version to refresh your memory:
Purge what isn’t needed.
Find a home for everything.
Put things back in their home.
Don’t add to your possessions unless you have a place for it.
I hope you’ve found these posts helpful. They’ve certainly helped me keep things tidy and keep clutter from overrunning my house.
Have you tried going through these steps? How did it go? I’d love to hear! Comment below.