Ways to not make a house in a mess.

  1. Kitchen: ask yourself what items do I use daily?
  2. These items really deserve the primetime space in your kitchen. They should be within arms reach in the best location available. Watch out for space hogs in the kitchen such as multiple coffee mugs, plastic bags and cleaning products.
  3. Next ask yourself how many of each of these items you need to have a reasonable amount on hand.
  4. Do you have 6 of something but only use one. This is a common problem. Setting limits will help you maintain an organized kitchen easily. Any broken, stained or chipped items need to go.
  5. Donate or discard your extra items, or in the case of glasses or dishes store them in long term storage until needed.
  6. That is only if you have room in or for long-term storage. If you already have a long term storage problem go ahead and get rid of your excess, unless its an item that you can not replace like grandma’s good china, in that case get rid of something else and store grandma’s china. Remember to periodically go through cabinets and drawers to purge extras and replace worn out or damaged pieces.
  7. Clear your counters: the most visible part of your kitchen.
  8. Start by clearing all items into boxes or onto trays. Take this opportunity to clean your counters thoroughly. Now put back only the items that you use daily. Ex. Toaster, coffeemaker, crocks of utensils. Only display decorative items on you countertop if you have plenty of space to do so. Otherwise decorations in moderation should be on the walls to save valuable real estate in the kitchen.
  9. Discourage paper piles from forming by creating a RAF file or as some people call it an action file.
  10. A RAF file can be anything that can hold 3 files or folders. RAF stands for read, act, and file. As paper comes into your house you need to use your RAF file to place each piece either in to read, to act (meaning you need to do an action) or to file. Each piece of paper you save is important for one reason or another so you need to be able to find it quickly. Then of coarse there is the trashcan, use it regularly. You can also set up binders with clear plastic pages for things like receipts, recipes, take out menus, school information and frequently called numbers.
  11. Clean off your fridge!
  12. Scale down or eliminate old refrigerator magnets or at least move them to one side. Clear everything off the front, put important items such as take out menus in a binder or in your RAF file. Save your kids best artwork in a plastic bin with their name on it, be sure to write their age on the back with an acid free pencil or acid free pen that you can find in the scrap booking section of any store. Once the fridge is clear, only put back current items.
  13. TIP: Keep a wipe off calendar on the front of you fridge, update it the 1st of every month from you pocket calendar that you keep in your pocketbook or briefcase. That way you won’t miss any appointments or meeting or double schedule yourself.
  14. Bathroom: Clean out your medicine cabinets.
  15. Dispose of expired medicines and toss bottles of perfume, lotion and nail polish that are almost empty. Keep on the products that you like and use. Don’t keep products that you either didn’t like or were not effective just because of what it cost you. In the long run they cost you more in space wasted
  16. Clean out stuffed drawers.
  17. Ok we have all done it at one time or another shoved one more item into an already full drawer. Now it’s time to change all that. Go drawer by drawer take everything out and ask yourself “Do I love this?” Do I need this?” Why am I keeping this?” The answers to these questions will tell you what you need to do. Then you keep it, donate it or toss it. By lightening up your drawers you will reduce stress and be able to find the things you need faster and easier.
  18. Use your wall space.
  19. If you’re hard pressed for storage solutions look to your walls. There are many options to create storage and reduce clutter on countertops. Ask yourself is there anywhere that I can add a shelf or shelves? Maybe a wall soap dish or toothbrush holder. Look on EBAY for hotel towel holders they hold 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels and 2 washcloths each.
  20. Create a peaceful retreat.
  21. Most bathroom tubs and showers seem to be over flowing with bottles of shampoo, conditioner, bath toys and body washes. Again start by removing all items; clean the surfaces well with a soap scum-removing product. Then only put back the products that you use on a daily basis. Consider getting a shower caddy if you don’t already have one and a stick on basket or bag for the kid’s toys
  22. Create a peaceful retreat.
  23. Most bathroom tubs and showers seem to be over flowing with bottles of shampoo, conditioner, bath toys and body washes. Again start by removing all items; clean the surfaces well with a soap scum-removing product. Then only put back the products that you use on a daily basis. Consider getting a shower caddy if you don’t already have one and a stick on basket or bag for the kid’s toys