I was reading Julie Morgenstern’s book Organizing From the Inside Out and I came to the realization that, although my home is quite organized, there were many changes I needed to make. I’ve always had the idea that ‘like’ needed to be grouped with ‘like’. Julie challenges this notion with her smart but obvious suggestion of putting things away where you need to use them. Sounds simple enough, but when I thought about the daily tasks and activities that go on in my household, there was some rearranging I could do to speed up and simplify the process.
In most cases, grouping similar items together still holds true. However, this organizing principle falls apart when the items are an integral part of the day-to-day. For instance, most mornings I make a smoothie for breakfast. It requires quite a few ingredients (protein powder, chlorella, chia, hemp seeds, almond milk, frozen fruit, etc.), measuring cups, a blender, drinking cup and a straw. Every time I would make one, I’d dash around the kitchen gathering all the items up, wasting precious time. It finally dawned on me that if I kept everything grouped together as much as possible, it would make the process a whole lot simpler- duh!
I thought about other everyday tasks I could simplify. I placed a canister of assorted teas right beside the tea kettle instead of having them all in the pantry.
I put together a plastic tote filled with everything my son needs to do his homework instead of keeping most of the supplies in my office. Now he can grab it and take it to wherever he’s going to work. This means less distractions and more focus.
I added a roll of paper towel and my favorite all-purpose natural cleaner under each sink for quick morning clean-ups. Before I had to grab these items from the laundry room. (Now it’s a matter of getting everyone to use it!)
This is just a start to the rearranging I want to do. Although it was easy-peasy, it has already made a world of difference to our household’s day to day.
Check out Julie’s book, Organizing From the Inside Out, for more tips (affiliate link).
What could you move around in your home to simplify your life?