If you’ve been reading this little blog for a while or you just happen to know me, you know that clutter gives me the willies. It, very literally, gives me anxiety. Watching the show Hoarders, is not really an option for me. Not that it’s actually been diagnosed, but I’m 99.9 percent sure I have OCD. So, how in the world do I deal with having two young kids and a busy schedule.
Well first, let’s be real for second. Sometimes I don’t. Plain and simple. There are days where everything piles up without warning and I have to take a moment or two to breathe through it. But, for the most part, I’ve come to find three things that work very well for me if I do them each day.
This automatically makes the room open up. Disheveled sheets and pillows on the floor add to the clutter and look messy. I usually have Gav make his own bed but sometimes it still looks disheveled. But, it’s creating independence for him and it still gets everything off the floor!
2. Throw in one load of laundry.
Just one, each day. This is super easy to do when you have four people to do laundry for. We definitely don’t have a shortage of laundry. All I do is throw a load in the washer about mid morning and then go about my day. Then, when it’s ready for the dryer, in it goes. Folding is a pain but if I stay on top of it, I’m not doing forty shirts and pants at a time.
3. Have an “Upstairs Basket”.
I saw this on Pinterest one day and thought it was brilliant. It was a set of stairs and a basket with each family member’s name on it. I modified it since we have a very small set of stairs and our rooms are fairly close together. If I’m in a pinch and just need to get things picked up, I’ll throw whatever needs to go upstairs in the basket for the next time I go up. This is usually shoes and/or socks, bibs from a meal, or random bits of clothing that the boys (Gav and the hubby) tend to shed as they go about their day. When it’s time to go upstairs, I take the basket, sort the contents by room, and put the basket back.
Putting these three simple things into practice has helped tremendously! What tricks do you use to calm the chaos at your house?