I am a compulsive putter awayer. Most of the time.
So when I do leave things out, like when I’m working on a half baked project, or I’ve been busy or lazy, the times comes to tidy up. Tuesday feels like the perfect day to do that!
But first, let’s get some clarity on neat versus organised (from my bestselling book)
Let me differentiate between neat and organised as people often confuse the two.
Neat – can be defined as visual order
Organised – can be defined as efficient order.
Tidying up is the process of putting things away, creating order. Tidying up means items have a home.
Tidy up Tips:
- Tidy up does not equal “scoop and dump”. Scoop and dump = not properly dealt with.
- If you haven’t got home for things, tidying up can be challenging. At the very least, homeless items should be collected in genres (like items) so you can find them again.
- Keep your focus in one room at a time. For example, when you are in your office, and have items to return in the kitchen, keep them gathered near your office door until you have a batch of them to move. Helps keep your focus and work efficiently.
- Make: Don’t put it down, put it away! your mantra on other days of the week.
- Kids need to take responsibility for their own belongings. Why are you picking up after them?
What works for you when it comes to being tidy?