Clutter Bust Like a Basket Case
Tip Tuesday – Mom Wisdom
What’s the Problem?
Families create a ton of clutter in the process of daily life.
I used to blame this on my children, but now I know, 80% of the clutter around our home is mine.
Leftovers of tasks and projects, piles of things to get to, stuff dumped by the door after the last round of errands…
It’s easy to spend your entire cleaning session running around the house, putting things away.
And every time you leave the area you’re working in, the more likely distraction will take hold, and you will get occupied by a new task.
The day ends with the frustrated feeling of zero accomplishment.
There’s a solution.
Employ a motion efficiency technique.
Find a big basket.
Put a Ziploc bag in the basket to contain tiny objects. Bobby pins and hair ties, coins and legos go in here.
Start in one room.
Put things away in that room. If you find stuff that belongs somewhere else, toss it in the basket.
Move to the next room – check the basket for stuff that lives there, then pick up that room.
Repeat the process in a circle around your house.
By staying in one room until everything is picked up and put away, you will build momentum and have the satisfaction of completing a job from start to finish.
If your house is buried under clutter, you might need two baskets to get started.
As you use the basket system consistently, you will stay on top of clutter and marathon put-away sessions will be a thing of the past.
This is an excellent child-training method. The tiniest child can learn to put things in the basket as they follow you around the house.
Keep the little ones in sight and working in your direction and they won’t be undoing your work faster than you can do it.
The basket system builds clutter awareness.
Seeing the clutter gathered up will give you ideas for designing a better system to stop the drops.