Here are some tips for those of us who will never be perfect housekeepers but want to do better.
1. Toss the laundry in the washer in the evening and in the dryer before bed. Fold it in the a.m. At least it will be clean and available from the laundry basket. (Avoid buying clothes that wrinkle easily.)
2. Wash the dishes and leave them to air dry overnight. Clean and put away is great. Clean…well, that’s still very good.
3. As much as it doesn’t seem to make a difference, keep the list of bookmarks on your computer to a minimum. Do the same with the emails you save. If you’re never going to get around to reading them, they just weigh you down if you know they’re there.
4. The same is true of paperwork. If you don’t need it, chuck it. If you’re concerned about discarding personal info, buy an inexpensive paper shredder.
5. No matter the size, if you work from home, try to keep the area tidy. It will help you be more productive.
6. If you have a family, work on things together. Unfortunately, I never got into the habit of assigning regular chores to my kids.
7. Prioritize. As I’ve mentioned before, I do my best to keep the rabbit cage clean. Since Bunny is an indoor pet, I want to be sure, those who visit don’t know he’s here unless they see him. There are other things I try to keep up with as well.
8. “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” So the saying goes. With that in mind, it’s a great idea to keep you’re entryway clean and free of clutter.
9. If you, like me, often feel as if there are too few hours in the day, try this: Be honest about where you spend your time. Of course it’s important to set aside downtime, but think about how you can be more productive. See if you can apply the adage, “Work smarter, not harder.”
10. Do you have a life mission statement? If not, try summing up in one sentence what you ultimately want to achieve. Weigh the things you spend time doing. Are they bringing you closer to your goal? If not, can you eliminate them or at least significantly cut back on the time you spend on them.