When I invite people into my home I always tell them to feel free to look inside any cabinet, drawer pantry, or closet they like because I want people to see that I practice what I preach. Most people look around and think either I have way too much time on my hands or that Ia severe case of OCD-neither is true! I just have a system in place and continually implement it.
One of the most common things I hear from clients is: “I know my house is filled with clutter, but you would be amazed at how organized I am at work”. Truth be told, that doesn’t surprise me in the least.
Accountability: When people are at work there is a level of accountability and responsibility with everything you do; and if things don’t get done within a certain time frame, there are consequences. As a result, most people have a system which they follow that enables them to function in a productive manner on a daily basis.
Consequences: Organizing your home is no different. What most people don’t realize is that there are consequences if your home isn’t organized. Yes it’s true that no one is going to “fire you” from your organizational responsibilities (although sometimes you might want them too!), but if you can’t find what you need it affects other areas of your life.
Routine: Regardless of whether you work inside or outside the home, having a routine that you follow is critical for making sure you and your family stays organized. Depending on the ages of your children, empower them with age appropriate responsibilities such as making their bed, feeding the dog, or setting and clearing the table. Kids are never too young to have responsibilities and learn that it takes work to maintain a functional household.
Discipline: You will be amazed at how little time it takes to hang up a jacket, put away a backpack, or place dirty clothes in the hamper. The best part is, once you implement a routine your life will be less hectic and stressful because you won’t be running around like a lunatic looking for something that you know is there but can’t seem to find it!
Make no mistake; I’m not saying it’s easy-especially at first. Setting a routine that works for you takes time, commitment and discipline. However, if you set the expectation that each person is accountable for his/her own responsibilities you’ll find it is much easier to implement.