There is no one winning and fixed formula for keeping your home and workspace organized. Each one of us has a specific way of dealing with mess, and what works for another may not necessarily work for you. But the most important point to remember is that chaos from the outside world should not be brought into your home.
Daily routine to keep your home clean for the rest of the day
1. Make your bed
Right after you get out of bed, fold blankets, rearrange the pillows and smooth wrinkles out of bed linens. Doing so will automatically make the bedroom appear organized and clean, even if you don’t sweep or vacuum the floor.
2. Cook and clean as you go
When making coffee and preparing breakfast, make a habit of cleaning countertops and other areas of the kitchen after each activity is completed. Take it from chefs who never leave their workstations dirty and chaotic. You must also return everything in its place after using them – spices on the spice rack, and dirty dishes in the dishwasher.
To keep sink and counters clean, make it a point to empty the dishwasher each morning, so you can place whatever dirty dishes you use in it right away.
3. Clean up after every meal
Dishes, utensils, and the kitchen should be clean and ready for the next meal. This means cleaning up right after you’ve eaten breakfast. Because if you don’t, the amount of dishwashing you do could pile up.
4. Empty the trash
On your way out to the office, take out whatever trash that has accumulated from last night or this morning. Doing so will help keep your home and kitchen clean and smelling good.
Do you think these steps won’t work for you? It is perfectly understandable, especially if you have plenty of other things to do. And even if you do follow them, there are times when you feel like slacking off or skipping one step. There’s always room for change, but home organization should take precedence.
To help make your work easier and quicker, set up rules and guidelines that the entire household should follow.
Everyone should eat at the dining table so crumbs and stains are localized.
Everything should be returned in its rightful place. Shoes to the shoe rack, toys in the closet, bath towels in the bathroom, etc.
All paperwork and documents, such as bills and receipts, must be placed in their designated storage bin. Schedule a day of the week to go through them and throw away what you no longer use. Better yet, deal with the paperwork on a daily basis.
How to organize a workspace and keep it organized the rest of the day
1. Arrange everything the night before
“A place for everything and everything in its place” is not just an overused cliché, but a very practical and helpful one when applied in your organization plans. So before you start your work day, make sure your desk is free from clutter.
2. Clean your workstation
Dust and clean your keyboard, computer and your desk. As you may already know, a keyboard is dirtier than a bathroom, so it’s best to clean it before you use it.
3. Put everything back
At the end of the day, if you didn’t make a habit of re-placing everything in its designated spot as you work, put everything you used back in order before you leave the office. This way, you won’t have to do much the next day.