How to get organized with the seemingly impossible messed-up home? To organize your messy home, get set go!!
The family situation does vary a lot across households. A couple that goes to work in different directions for a full-time job does have hectic schedules, even though the lifestyle settles down after a while. A single mother in comparison would experience hell each day to get the kid or kids ready for school. Helping hands are not always available, though deep house cleaning would sometimes be necessary for addition to the weekly cleaning. A housemaid who comes daily does seem to be a bit of a luxury certainly not available in the developed countries where labor is prohibitively costly.
Besides, one should be well prepared for change, the only law of life! A birth or divorce, death or accident, and the carefully constructed lifestyle, perhaps decades old, suddenly vanishes in thin air while you put the pieces together again.
I never managed to get the hang of cleaning up whether in the home or office as I served in a corporate office. Not only were very few services available in terms of shopping and laundry, media and transport but there existed no entertainment facilities. As a consequence, I did save hard earned money and managed to get very serious about organizing myself and running my little apartment in an efficient manner!
- Doing one thing at a time is the best policy, whether you live alone or amidst a bustling family with eager children always getting in the way and clamoring for attention. Besides the shopping list that should be deemed compulsory unless it is only a couple of items you wish to pick up from the store. During those weekly shopping trips, stick to the list and avoid buying anything else, however attractive the offers seem to be.
- Regarding official, administrative and personal work that sometimes seem to pile up beyond control put it all down in the form of a list. Highlight those that are very urgent. Keep ticking off whatever has been successfully done. Soon the list is gone! The elderly need a lot of listing to get along successfully and to aid memory.
- Whether it is a wife comparatively free from office burdens or the over busy executive, being constantly on the move is better compared to the desperate weekend dash. Shopping for a few items every other day prevents that massive shopping spree at the end of the week. If you are the person managing the household, you know which item is getting exhausted. Maybe the bread and biscuits, dry fruit, detergent or toilet rolls. Get those few items according to need.
- Avoid a single large supermarket for every shopping need! A better arrangement would be a couple of shops, one being vast and the other two smaller ones. I prefer to shop at the smaller outlets when I need just a few items. It is quicker and hassle-free that way with a lot less fuss. The weekend trip to the large supermarket gets very interesting too.
- The vacuum cleaner is my long trusted friend and close associate in the household war each day! The thorough vacuuming comes only once a week on Sundays. Small susceptible areas like the kitchen and the dining space beside the sitting area also get vacuumed each day, though I admit it is often overlooked during the daily rush to school and work.
- Making the bed and washing the dishes need to be done every time and daily. We live a rather disciplined home routine learned from my own parents a generation ago. Under normal circumstances, I do the bed soon after waking and that takes a minute. Keeping sheets and blankets scattered about all day long definitely creates a negative attitude in the children.
- Wash dishes immediately after eating rather than piling them up for the next morning that is bound to be rush again like every day.
- Sunday is the big day for laundry, but I do it twice, usually on Wednesday with the smaller lot. Otherwise, dirty clothes gather in the two laundry baskets, the smaller one for Wednesday and the large one for Sunday. Ironing is sometimes a hassle, especially with the school uniforms, but the weekend provides almost endless hours when so much can be squeezed in.
- I now have photographs of the rooms and the different areas that I sometimes display on social media. It helps to understand how the others view the scenes in my home and garden. Such a sharing would motivate you towards better organizational ability.
- The last thing I do before bedtime is to tidy up the kitchen in addition to the dish washing. Arranging the shelves and the containers in the right places is usually done in a minute. Getting things ready and planning for the morning breakfast is now the agenda.
- I pile up aging, broken, irrelevant and unnecessary things in a gunny sack in the garage. The old man will be coming around once in a blue moon, pay a pittance and carry it all away. Newspapers, old notebooks and discarded textbooks too are sold for small amounts to be recycled. Though there are lots I would like to get rid of, how do I throw them away? I have another bag for charitable organizations where I dump old clothes and things I do not want any more like spectacles and photo frames. Social workers would be doing their rounds too.
- Besides supervising the homework for the kids, the after supper meeting with my spouse also brings an opportunity to exchange thoughts. We thus know if things are moving in the right direction and if any problems require urgent attention. When the bigger issues are working well, small matters usually look after themselves.
- Let everyone share the responsibility. My home management includes my spouse and the two kids, the bigger boy handling several responsibilities rather well. Besides the cleanliness and the spick and span appearance, we keep stock of what is needed and payments of bills on time. When things go out of order like the microwave or the fridge, somebody has to stay at home and get the work done when the technicians come. The garden and the yard too require maintenance, watering, weeding, fertilizer and the annual happy harvest! It may be plenty to do in totality and being busy is good. Break it all down into little things to get the big picture in focus.